The Defender of Rights

Start Date: Monday, December 17, 2012
End Date: Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Category: European (General) and International Law
Venue: ENM Paris
Country: France
Leading organisation: ENM (French National School for the Judicary)
Cooperative Partner:
Language(s): French
Training level:
Target audience:
Participants(EJTN): 10
Contact: Anthony Manwaring
Contact e-mail:
Contact phone: +33 144419954

Course Description

Created by the organic law of 29 March 2011, the Defender of Rights (Défenseur des Droits) has replaced the French Ombudsman (Médiateur de la République), the Children's Defender (Défenseur des enfants), the High Authority for the Struggle Against Discrimination and for Equality (Haute autorité de lutte contre les discriminations et pour l’égalité (HALDE)), and the National Commission on the Ethics of Security (Commission nationale de déontologie de la sécurité (CNDS)). As an independent constitutional authority, it now combines the functions and powers of these four bodies and has sole responsibility for ensuring that rights and freedoms are respected by all public agencies and private bodies.

The session will include a detailed presentation of the status, functioning, role and responsibilities of this new institution. Participants will also be able to review its operation, after more than two years of existence.