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 Bodies of the Venice Commission (as of 10.12.2017)


President of the Commission - Mr G. Buquicchio (Italy);
First Vice-President  - Ms H. Kjerulf Thorgeirsdottir (Iceland); 

Honorary Presidents - Ms H. Suchocka (Poland), P. Paczolay (Hungary)

- Vice -Presidents:
  • Ms V. Bílková (Czech Republic/République Tchèque) 
  • Mr M. Frendo (Malta/Malte)
- Bureau:
  • President –    Mr Gianni Buquicchio (Italy)
  • 1st Vice-President –  Ms H. Kjerulf Thorgeirsdottir (Iceland); 
  • Vice-Presidents – Ms V. Bílková (Czech Republic), Mr M. Frendo (Malta)
  • Other Bureau members: - Ms C. Bazy-Malaurie (France), Mr J. M. Castella Andreu (Spain/Espagne),
    Mr I-W. Kang (Republic of Korea), Ms Talia Khabrieva (Russian Federation)
- Enlarged Bureau:

1. Members of the Bureau;
2. Chairs of the Sub Commissions :
  • Fundamental Rights - Mr B. Vermeulen (Netherlands) ;
  • Federal State and Regional State - Ms Regina Kiener (Switzerland);
  • International Law - Mr I. Cameron (Sweden);
  • Protection of Minorities - Mr J. Velaers (Belgium);
  • Judiciary - Mr R. Barrett (Ireland);
  • Democratic Institutions - Mr K. Tuori (Finland) ;
  • Working methods - Mr R. Clayton (United Kingdom);
  • Latin America - Mr J. L. Sardon (Peru); 
  • Mediterranean Basin - Mr G. Jeribi (Tunisia);
  • Rule of law - Mr W. Hoffmann-Riem (Germany);
  • Gender equality - Ms L. Err ( Luxemburg);
  • Co-Chair of the Joint Council on Constitutional Justice - Mr C. Grabenwarter (Austria);  [i];
  • President of the Council for Democratic Elections - Mr Oliver Kask (Estonia).
- Sub Commissions :
  • Fundamental Rights: Chair - Mr B. Vermeulen (Netherlands) ; Vice-Chair -  Mr P. Dimitrov (Bulgaria);
  • Federal State and Regional State: Chair - Ms Regina Kiener (Switzerland); Vice-Chair - Ms S. Cleveland (United States of America) ;
  • International Law: Chair - Mr I. Cameron (Sweden); Vice-Chair - Mr A. Varga (Hungary)
  • Protection of Minorities: Chair - Mr J. Velaers (Belgium); Vice-Chair - Mr A. Endzins (Latvia) ;
  • Judiciary: Chair - Mr R. Barrett (Ireland); Vice-Chair - Ms J. Omejec (Croatia);
  • Democratic Institutions: Chair - Mr K. Tuori (Finland) ; Vice-Chair - Mr D. Meridor (Israel);
  • Working methods: Chair - Mr R. Clayton (United Kingdom); Vice-Chair -  Mr P. Vilanova Trias (Andorra);
  • Latin America: Chair - Mr J. L. Sardon (Peru); Vice-Chair - Ms J. Otálora Malassis (Mexico);
  • Mediterranean Basin: Chair - Mr G. Jeribi (Tunisia); Vice-Chair - Mr M. Medelci (Algeria);
  • Rule of law: Chair - Mr W. Hoffmann-Riem (Germany); Vice-Chair - Mr S.Holovaty (Ukraine);
  • Gender Equality: Chair - Ms L. Err (Luxemburg); Vice-Chair - Ms A. Anastas (Albania);
  • Constitutional Justice: Chair - Mr C. Grabenwarter (Austria); Vice-Chair - Mr Z. M. Knežević (Bosnia and Herzegovina).  
- Council for Democratic Elections :

        - on behalf of the Venice Commission:
Mr Oliver KASK (Estonia) -
Mr Srdjan DARMANOVIC (Montenegro)
Mr Aivars ENDZINS (Latvia)

Substitute Members
Mr Richard BARRETT
- on behalf of the Parliamentary Assembly:
Mr Corneliu Mugurel COZMANCIUC, Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy
Lord Richard BALFE, Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights
Substitute Members
Mr Jordi XUCLÀ I COSTA, Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy
Ms Eka BESELIA, Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights

- on behalf of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe (Congress):


  • Mr Stewart DICKSON, Chamber of regions
  • Mr Jos WIENEN, Chamber of local authorities

Substitute Members

  • Ms Dusica DAVIDOVIC, Serbia
  • Mr Luc MARTENS, Belgium
 - the Joint Council on Constitutional Justice:
  • Co-President [i] Mr C. Grabenwarter (Austria); :
  • Members of the Sub-Commission on Constitutional Justice;
  • Co-President [ii]  : Ms M. van Roosmalen (liaison officer, Council of State, the Netherlands);
  • 108 liaison officers from 71 Constitutional Courts or Courts with equivalent jurisdiction.


- the Scientific Council :
Chair: Mr J. Helgesen (Norway);
Vice-Chair: Mr O. Can (Turkey)
  • President and Vice-Presidents of the Commission;
  • Chairs of the Sub-Commissions;
  • Members or substitute members who direct Research Centres on Constitutional, International or Human Rights Law  

    - Useful link: Statements by the President Buquicchio
  [i] The chair of the Sub-Commission on Constitutional Justice acts as Co-President of the Joint Council on Constitutional Justice.The other co-chair is elected by the liaison officers of the courts.
 [ii] The other co-chair is a liaison officer elected by his/her peers.


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