Salzburg Declaration Adopted at the International Peace Institute 2nd Salzburg Forum 2015

From September 6 to 9, 2015, HRREC Director Prof John Packer attended the Second Salzburg Forum organised by the International Peace Institute on the theme of “The Rule of Law and the Laws of War”.

The meeting brought together some 70 current and former foreign ministers, experts on international law, diplomats, academics, journalists, and representatives from civil society in Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg to discuss the apparent erosion of the rule of law and its impact on justice, peace, and security.

Opening speeches were made by Aurelia Frick, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Liechtenstein, and Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary-General of the Council of Europe. Together with the Foreign Ministers of Romania and the Slovak Republic, Prof Packer contributed to the session entitled "Territorial integrity and self-determination: reconcilable governance?"

Over three days the Forum participants discussed a wide range of issues on pressing challenges for international law in a time of change and uncertainty. The meeting also took up current situations such as the Middle East and Ukraine.

In response to the ongoing refugee/migration crisis in Europe, the Forum adopted the "Salzburg Declaration" to encourage a more coordinated and effective response to what was agreed to be a global problem.

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