CEDEM seminar explores right to privacy

February 26, 2013

News Source: Center for Democracy and Human Rights, Montenegro

Montenegrin authorities responsible for the protection of personal data, members of the judiciary, lawyers and civil society representatives debated on the relationship between the right to privacy and the right to freedom of opinion and expression during a February 22 public forum sponsored by the Center for Democracy and Human Rights and Democracy (CEDEM).

“Protecting the right to privacy” was held as part of a CEDEM project that aims to contribute to the harmonization of Montenegrin law with the standards of the European Convention on Human Rights regarding the protection of the right to privacy. The project — “Supporting Montenegro’s integration into the EU: Supporting judicial reform” — also seeks to strengthen the capacity of civil society organizations to monitor and analyze trials in the field of organized crime and corruption.

The seminar, held in Kolasin, Montenegro, was opened by Vesna Medenica, president of the Supreme Court of Montenegro, and Kate Knight-Sands, the British ambassador to Montenegro.

Other participants included: Zoran Pazin, State Agent of Montenegro before the European Court of Human Rights; Nuala Mole, Founder and Senior Lawyer, AIRE Centre, London; Slavoljub Caric, State Agent of Republic of Serbia before the European Court of Human Rights; Stefica Staznik, State Agent of Republic of Croatia before the European Court of Human Rights; Slobodan Vučetić, former president of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Serbia; Sinisa Bjekovic, Coordinator of the Human Rights Centre, Law Faculty, Podgorica; and Aleksa Ivanovic, council member of the Agency for Personal Data Protection of Montenegro.

The event was held in cooperation with the AIRE Centre from London and the Judicial Training Centre of Montenegro, and was supported by the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Belgrade and the British Embassy in Podgorica.

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