CONFERENCES: Expertocracy

Inside Rome's Palazzo Barberini, the Committee of Foreign Ministers of the Council of Europe, unofficial vehicle of hopes for European unity, last week approved a convention (previously passed by the Council's Consultative Assembly) "for the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms" in Europe. The document included a promise of freedom of religion, marriage, assembly, opinion, and freedom from arbitrary arrest and imprisonment, official murder, torture, slavery, and retroactive penal laws.

On other agenda items the committee's actions were less forthright. It sidestepped a decision on the Schuman plan, by passing the...