Dr Katarina Trimmings has been appointed as a Legal Expert to the Council of Europe to assist with a review of the European Convention on the Legal Status of Children born out of Wedlock.
The Council of Europe’s Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ) is currently implementing an activity on the review of the implementation of the European Convention on the Legal Status of Children born out of Wedlock (ETS No. 85). This exercise is a preliminary step to a possible future update, if required, of the provisions of this instrument, or its further promotion. Against this background, Dr Trimmings’ work will identify a list of areas and issues for consideration, including gaps in issues addressed by the Convention with a view of strengthening the protection of children born out of wedlock, taking into account the changes and developments that have taken place since its drafting, including developments at the European Court of Human Rights. The review will include an assessment of the desirability of updating the Convention and weighing any elements or factors that could facilitate this process or hinder its modernization. Dr Trimmings is assisted on this project by Ms Konstantina Kalaitsoglou.