Codigo PenalMeeting on March 22, 2013 in Madrid.

More : the website of the conference.

Première table ronde : la liberté d'expression et le droit de réunion : cadre normatif et situation en Europe et en Espagne.

Deuxième table ronde : la réforme du code pénal et ses conséquences sur la liberté d'expression et le droit de réunion.

Le programme en espagnol.

Le site de la conférence 

Freedom of speechThe jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights reminds us that the freedom of expression is a basic pillar of a democratic society, a prerequisite for progress and development of each and everyone. This applies not just to information and ideas that we are keen to receive, or that we consider inoffensive or unimportant, but also to those that may harm, shock or raise concern of states or of any segment of the population. These are the requirements of pluralism, tolerance and open spirit, without which democratic society is inconceivable.

Consequently, the obligation of magistrates to be reserved should not reduce them to silence and conformism: As other citizens, magistrates are entitled to freedom of expression and should be able to voice their opinion on all subjects. They should take part in the democratic debates. Their opinions, enlightened by daily confrontation with the effects of laws passed by legislators, are useful to these debates.

Turquie Ankara (Juillet 2008) : An international symposium on "The Separation of Powers and Freedom of Association of Members of the Judiciary" was convened jointly by YARSAV, IAJ and MEDEL in Ankara, Turkey on the 5th and 6th of July 2008. In an effort to work together in order to eliminate obstacles to the forming of voluntary associations by the judiciary and to promote judicial independence.


Big BrotherThe Association of Austrian Judges and the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) organized a Conference in Vienna on June 19th, 2009.

The invitation was distributed by the two European wide Associations (European Association of Judges EAJ and Magistrats Européens pour la Démocratie et les Libertés MEDEL)

Program and papers 

Tribunalul BucurestiBucharest, June 21st and 22nd 2008

Media and justice, between ambiguity and cooperation.

The relation between the media and the justice is very complex, going from the mutual support to different forms of pressure. The situation is even more ambiguous in the so called new democracies from the Central and South Eastern Europe, where the media is often controlled, and the justice system – subject of politician's disputes. 

ValenciaApril 2008

The President of the General Council of the Spanish Judicial Authority(CGPJ) requested that a disciplinary investigation be opened against the signatories of the Manifesto for a Rational Debate about Criminal Policy.
Medel took the initiative of a statement and sent a letter to the president of the CGPJ, to defend the principles of freedom of speech for judges and prosecutors.

See Medel's statement.

Cour de cassation RomeMEDEL has celebrated its 20th anniversary in Rome on May 20th, 2005 with a colloquium organized by the High Council of the Italian Judiciary on the topic:
Justice, a Force of Democracy.

Contributions :

Medel yesterday, today and tomorrow (Ch. Strecker)


Criminal Law and Constitutional FreedomsBordeaux,  October 2nd, 2004

Against a Security Culture, colloquium organized at the National School of Magistracy  by MEDEL in cooperation with “Avocats Européens pour la Démocratie” (European Lawyers for Democracy - AED)

The Program of the colloquium


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