Created in January 2008 by the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe, the Expert Council on NGO Law carries out thematic and country studies on specific aspects of NGO legislation and its implementation that seem to pose problems of conformity with international standards, notably the European Convention on Human Rights and Recommendation (2007)14 on the legal status of NGOs in Europe. In this respect, the expert on NGO law published an opînion on "the impact of the state or memergency on fredom of association"