The Council of Europe and International Norms in Comparative Perspective

Terry Davis, former Secretary General of the Council of Europe, gives the final keynote speech for The Evolution of International Norms and Norm Entrepreneurship: The Council of Europe in Comparative Perspective conference.


Why do Council of Europe member states risk becoming entangled in an international normative and legal discourse about human rights that their governments may try to avoid 'at home'? It would be easy for states not to cooperate, or subvert ‘norm production’, yet member states tend not to do this. This is what former CoE Secretary General Terry Davis has called 'the best kept secret in Europe'.