Professor Antoine Buyse has been appointed as one of the new members of the Expert Council on NGO Law of the Council of Europe. The appointment is for a term of three years, starting 1 July 2018. The work closely relates to his current research on civil society under pressure.
The Expert Council carries out thematic and country studies on specific aspects of NGO legislation and its implementation that seem to pose problems of conformity with international standards, notably the European Convention on Human Rights and the Recommendation (2007)14 on the legal status of NGOs in Europe.
Its work covers the 47 member countries of the Council of Europe and Belarus. The Council was created in January 2008 by the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe with the aim of creating an enabling environment for NGOs through examining national NGO legislation and its implementation and providing advice on how to bring national law and practice into line with Council of Europe standards and European good practice.
The experts are appointed on the basis of their NGO and/or academic experience and expertise.