Digital Library of the Public Prosecutor

Presentation of the Digital Library of the Public Prosecutor

In the last few years the role and functions of the Public Prosecutor as “Justice Body” have been the object of increasing interest for professionals and scholars, as well as a major topic in case-law studies.
The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, the Consultative Council of European Prosecutors, the Venice Commission, the United Nations, the European Union itself have prepared texts, opinions and recommendations to outline the elements of a "minimal common status" of Public Prosecutors (including Prosecutors-General among them) in national justice systems.
Even international courts such as the European Court of Human Rights and the EU Court of Justice have been dealing with issues of great importance in this subject matter.
In view of the Rome Conference of May 26th-28th, 2011 we have collected related texts and documents. They will be regularly updated with the main purpose of creating a ‘Digital Library of the Public Prosecutor’ in Europe and beyond.
All contributions will be welcome. For any communication in this matter please contact us at the e-mail address of the Bureau for Internal and International Affairs of the General Prosecution Offices at the Italian Supreme Judicial Court:

Texts and documents
ECHR Case-Law


1. Council of Europe       

  • Committee of Ministers
    • Recommendation  Rec(2000)19 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on the role of public prosecution in the criminal justice system
  • Consultative Council of European Prosecutors (CCPE)
  • Conference of European Prosecutors General (CPGE)
    • Inaugural conference: What public prosecution in Europe in the XXIst Century (Strasbourg, 2000)
    • First conference: Protecting society from organised crime (Caserta, 2000)
    • Second conference: Harmonisation and co-operation between prosecutors at European level (Bucharest, 2001)
    • Third conference: 3rd Conference of Prosecutors General of Europe (Ljubljana, 2002)
    • Fourth conference: Public prosecution and politics (Bratislava, 2003)
    • Fifth conference: Discretionary powers of public prosecution: opportunity or legal principle – advantages and disadvantages (Celle, 2004)
    • Sixth conference: The relationships between public prosecutors and the police (Budapest, 2005)
    • The Budapest Guidelines: European guidelines on ethics and conduct for public prosecutors (Budapest, 2005)
    • Seventh conference: The role of the public prosecutor in the protection of individuals (Moscow, 2006)
    • Warsaw conference: Ways to improve international co-operation in the criminal justice field (Warsaw, 2007)
    • Eigth conference: The role of the public prosecutor in the protection of human rights and public interest outside the criminal law field (Saint Petersburg, 2008)
  • Venice Commission
    • Report on european standards as regards the independence of the judicial system: part II – The prosecution service. Adopted by the Venice Commission at its 85th plenary session (Venice, 2010)


2. United Nations


3. European Union

  • Consolidated versions of the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (art. 86)
  • Council Decision 2002/187/JHA of 28 Feb. 2002 setting up Eurojust with a view to reinforcing the fight against serious crime
  • Council Decision on the strengthening of Eurojust and amending Council Decision 2002/187/JHA setting up Eurojust with a view to reinforcing the fight against serious crime



  • 23/11/2010
    Affaire Moulin c. France : Arrêt (au principal et satisfaction équitable)  §§  53-62

(last update, May 18th 2011)

aggiornamento: 23 maggio 2011