The International Conference ‘The “Greek Case” in the Council of Europe: A Game Changer for International Law and Human Rights?’commemorates the 50th anniversary of the “Greek Case”, which prompted Greece’s withdrawal from the Council of Europe in 1969, following an official complaint by Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and the Netherlands. The conference explores the legacy of this emblematic case of international solidarity and institutional condemnation of a repressive regime in international law and human rights today.
It is organized by the institutes of Denmark, Sweden, Norway and the Netherlands at Athens, as well as the Marangopoulos Foundation for Human Rights; it is kindly supported by the Carlsberg Foundation.
The conference brings together 35 scholars, experts and researchers from 14 countries, across such disciplines as history, international human rights law, social sciences, trauma and sound studies, among others. It also includes two testimony sessions with former political prisoners, witnesses in Strasbourg, as well as members of student organizations and activists of the time, including James Becket, Maria Telalian, Nikos Alivizatos, Nikiforos Diamandouros, John Spraos, Periklis Korovesis, Natasha Mertika, Gerassimos Notaras, Richardos Someritis and Lydia Karra.