The United States and Europe share deeply rooted, common convictions about the importance of advancing democracy, the rule of law, and fundamental human rights. Courts around the world increasingly look to the decisions of these two courts for guidance, making your engagement all the more crucial.
Your work reinforces democracy and promotes the rule of law. It guarantees free elections, and clears political space for the freedom of association, expression, and religion. It combats discrimination. These are values we can all agree on—because they are part of who we are.
I look forward to hearing about how this dialogue between our own Supreme Court and its European counterparts can find ways to strengthen our common purpose. Today’s conference marks an important milestone in that learning process, and I hope this dialogue can continue with the support of the U.S. government in the years ahead.