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CAHDI, formally the Committee of Legal Advisers on Public International Law,[1] is a committee of the Council of Europe.

It is an intergovernmental committee bringing together the legal advisers of the 47 member states of the Council as well as those of observer states and organisations.[2][3]

CAHDI meets twice a year. The last meeting was in Strasbourg on 29 to 30 March 2012.

The Committee has examined a number of issues, including state succession and questions of recognition,[4] state immunity[5][6] and developments regarding the international criminal tribunals and the International Criminal Court.[7]


The Committee met for the first time on 8 and 9 April 1991. It is the successor to the Council of Europe's Committee of Experts on International Law. [8]

Stated aims[edit]

  • Develop the role of public international law and bring national viewpoints closer together
  • Share experience and practice through exchanges of views on topical issues[9]
  • Create a framework for international co-operation, and so strengthen the role and influence the development of public international law by bringing legal advisers together to pool their experience[10]
  • Monitor the work done by other international bodies in its areas of competence, and help member states to adopt common standpoints.

Relevant texts[edit]

There are multiple texts which are relevant for the work of CAHDI, including European treaties, for instance the European Convention for the Peaceful Settlement of Disputes,[11] the European Convention on Consular Functions,[12] the Protocol concerning the Protection of Refugees,[13] the Protocol relating to Consular Functions in respect of Civil Aircraft,[14] the European Convention on the Abolition of Legalisation of Documents executed by Diplomatic Agents or Consular Officers,[15] the European Convention on State Immunity[16] and its Additional Protocol[17] and Resolutions and Recommendations of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, like Resolution (64) 10 concerning the publication of digests of State practice in the field of public international law[18] or Resolution (68) 17 concerning a model plan for the classification of documents concerning State practice in the field of public international law.[19]


  1. ^ CAHDI website[dead link]
  2. ^ Bell, Imogen (2002). Central and South-Eastern Europe 2003. Routledge. p. 720. ISBN 1-85743-136-7. 
  3. ^ Rosenstiel, Francis; Lejard -Boutsavath, Edith; Martz, Jean -Jacques (2002). European Yearbook 2000. Martinus Nijhoff Publishers. p. 76. ISBN 90-411-1844-6. 
  4. ^ State Practice Regarding State Succession and Issues of Recognition, 1999, ISBN 90-411-1203-0
  5. ^ State Immunities Database with related country profiles[dead link]
  6. ^ State Practice regarding State Immunities, Gerhard Hafner, Marcelo G. Kohen and Susan Breau, 2006, ISBN 90-04-15073-0
  7. ^ International Courts and Tribunals[dead link]
  8. ^ Yearbook of the European Convention on Human Rights 1991. Council of Europe. 1994. Retrieved 2009-09-26. 
  9. ^ For example: Implications of the European Convention on Human Rights for the development of public international law, 2000, ISBN 92-871-4290-4 and Treaty Making – Expression of Consent by States to be Bound by a Treaty, 2001, ISBN 90-411-1692-3
  10. ^ Organisation and functions of the Office of Legal Adviser in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs[dead link]
  11. ^ ETS 023. Retrieved on 3 January 2012.
  12. ^ ETS 061. Retrieved on 3 January 2012.
  13. ^ ETS 061A. (4 October 2006). Retrieved on 3 January 2012.
  14. ^ ETS 061B. (4 October 2006). Retrieved on 3 January 2012.
  15. ^ ETS 063. Retrieved on 3 January 2012.
  16. ^ ETS 074. Retrieved on 3 January 2012.
  17. ^ ETS 074A. Retrieved on 3 January 2012.
  18. ^ Resolution (64) 10[dead link]
  19. ^ Resolution (68) 17[dead link]