New treaties

Please note that this page contains a selection of declassified texts.

The draft texts reproduced on this page are subject to modifications. While every effort is made to ensure that information available on the server is timely and accurate, neither can be guaranteed. We shall endeavour to correct any errors brought to our attention. Further information can be obtained from the contact persons or the web site mentioned under each text.

   Council of Europe Convention against Trafficking in Human Organs (CETS No. 216)

The Convention calls on governments to establish as a criminal offence the illegal removal of human organs from living or deceased donors:

– where the removal is performed without the free, informed and specific consent of the living or deceased donor, or, in the case of the deceased donor, without the removal being authorised under its domestic law;
– where, in exchange for the removal of organs, the living donor, or a third party, receives a financial gain or comparable advantage;
– where in exchange for the removal of organs from a deceased donor, a third party receives a financial gain or comparable advantage.

The Convention also provides protection measures and compensation for victims as well as prevention measures to ensure transparency and equitable access to transplantation services.

Due to its worldwide scope, the Convention will be open for signature by member States and non-member States of the Council of Europe.

The Convention and its Explanatory report
La Convenio – Traducción

More information available on

. the website of the European Committee on Crimes Problems (CDPC),
. the rubric Organ transplantation of the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and Healthcare (EDQM) website

   Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions (CETS No. 215)

The purpose of this Convention is to prevent, detect, punish and discipline the manipulation of sports competitions, as well as enhance the exchange of information and national and international cooperation between the public authorities concerned, and with sports organisations and sports betting operators. The Convention calls on governments to adopt measures, including legislation, notably:

– Prevent conflicts of interest in sports betting operators and sports organisations;
– Encourage the sports betting regulatory authorities to fight against fraud, if necessary by limiting the supply of sports bets or suspending the taking of bets ;
– Fight against illegal sports betting, allowing to close or restrict access to the operators concerned and block financial flows between them and consumers.

Sports organisations and competition organisers are also required to adopt and implement stricter rules to combat corruption, sanctions and proportionate disciplinary and dissuasive measures in the event of offences, as well as good governance principles. The Convention also provides safeguards for informants and witnesses.

The Convention and its Explanatory report

More information available on the website of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sports (EPAS).