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10th Annual Regional Forum on the Rule of Law for Southeast Europe

The representative of the Republic of Serbia before the European Court of Human Rights, Zorana Jadrijević Mladar, participated inTenth Annual Regional Forum on the Rule of Law for Southeast Europe which was held on November 10 and 11, 2023 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, organized by The AIRE Centre andCivil Rights Defenders.

The theme of this year's Forum was"Establishing a balance between data protection and transparent justice: the European legal framework". The protection of the right to respect for private and family life from Article 8 of the Convention in the context of court proceedings was discussed, taking into account the protective measures required under Article 6 of the Convention (right to a fair trial). This includes balancing the requirement for judicial transparency with the requirement to protect litigants' right to privacy, taking into account when it is appropriate or necessary to anonymize judgments and whether and when it is permissible to admit and/or rely on intercepted, electronic communications evidence . These issues are topical across Europe as ever-evolving technology continues to transform the way we investigate and prosecute crime and conduct court proceedings.

The forum brings together current and former judges of the European Court of Human Rights, presidents and judges of constitutional and supreme courts, presidents and members of the Judicial and Prosecutorial Councils, defenders of citizens, directors of judicial academies, presidents and judges of ordinary courts, non-governmental organizations, lawyers and representatives before the European Court for human rights.

The goal of the Forum is to promote the national implementation of the Convention on Human Rights, to encourage regional cooperation and to help the process of European integration in the region.