Recent and Current Events

Republic of Moldova – parliamentary elections - Legal assistance to the observation mission of the PACE

29/11/2014 - 01/12/2014
Chisinau - At the request of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), the Venice Commission ensures legal assistance to the Election Observation Mission of the Assembly in the context of the parliamentary elections of 30 November 2014.

Montenegro - Constitutional Court

27/11/2014 - 28/11/2014
Budva – The Venice Commission will participate in the Conference on "Constitutional protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms". One of the rapporteurs will present the Opinion on the Draft Law on the Constitutional Court of Montenegro, adopted by the Venice Commission at its 100th Plenary Session (Rome, 10-11 October 2014).

Turkey - Individual Application and Protection of Human Rights at national level

27/11/2014 - 28/11/2014
Antalya -The Directorate of Human Rights of the Council of Europe and the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Turkey are organising from 27 to 28 November an International Conference on “Individual Application to Constitutional Court as a System to Protect Human Rights at National Level” within the framework of the Council of Europe Project funded by the Human Rights Trust Fund on “Supporting the Individual Application to the Constitutional Court in Turkey”. The President of the VEnice Commission Gianni BUQUICCHIO participates in the conference.

Algeria - Constitutional Justice

24/11/2014 - 25/11/2014
Algiers - On the occasion of its 25th anniversary, the Constitutional Council of Algeria, in co-operation with the Conference of Constitutional Jurisdictions of Africa, will organise a seminar on "The Progress of Constitutionalism in Africa".

Peru - IX Inter-American meeting of Electoral Management Bodies

24/11/2014 - 25/11/2014
Lima - Upon invitation from the Organisation of American States (OAS) the Venice Commission representatives contribute to the IX Inter-American meeting of Electoral Management Bodies. Among other issues the participants have an exchange of views on such issues as the government's role in the electoral process, the quality of electoral process and strategies for assessing the electoral administration's performance.

This event is co-organised by OAS, the National Jury of Elections of Peru, the National Office of Elections of Peru and “Elections Canada”.

Assistance to the Constitutional Chamber of the Kyrgyz Republic

24/11/2014 - 28/11/2014
Madrid and Strasbourg – A study visit for judges and staff of the Constitutional Chamber of the Kyrgyz Republic to the Constitutional court of Madrid will take place on 24-25 November 2014. The study visit participants will get an insight into the work of the Spanish colleagues as well as exchange opinions on a number of issues identified by the Kyrgyz delegation.

This visit will be followed by the visit to the Council of Europe and the European court of human rights on "The Council of Europe standards on human rights and recent developments related to the case law of the European ... read more

Russia – moot court competition on constitutional law

21/11/2014
Saint-Petersburg - on 21 November 2014 the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation hosts the final round of the national moot-court competition on constitutional law amongst law schools students. The competition is held every year and is supported by the Venice Commission. This year the Venice Commission is represented by its Member and the former President of the Constitutional Court of Latvia, Mr Aivars Endzins, and a staff member of the Secretariat, Mr Grigory Dikov, who sit as judges in the final round.

Uzbekistan – Conference on application of ICT in courts

20/11/2014 - 20/11/2014
Tashkent - A Conference on the use of information and communication technologies in courts will take place in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on 20 November 2014. This activity is organised jointly by the Supreme Court of Uzbekistan, High Commercial court of Uzbekistan and the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe.

This activity brings together representatives of national institutions as well as guests from the Korea, Malta, Slovenia and Bulgaria who will exchange their experiences of their countries on the application of information and communication technologies in work of ordinary cou... read more

Tunis - presidential elections - legal assistance to PACE

20/11/2014 - 24/11/2014
Tunisia - At the request of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), the Venice Commission ensures legal assistance to the Election Observation Mission of the Assembly in the context of the presidential elections of 23 November 2014.

Kazakhstan – Roundtable on corruption and judicial ethics

17/11/2014 - 18/11/2014
Astana - A training session and a Roundtable on “Combating corruption and observing judicial ethics in the judiciary” will take place in Astana, Kazakhstan on 17-18 November 2014. This activity is organised jointly by the Supreme Court of Kazakhstan, OSCE office in Kazakhstan and the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe.

At the training session aimed at 35 judges of district and equivalent courts the participants will look at a number of issues such as independence, transparency and accountability in the judiciary, innovative approaches in combating corruption in the judiciar... read more

Azerbaijan – forthcoming opinion on the law on the NGOs – visit to the country - CANCELLED

13/11/2014 - 14/11/2014
Baku - A delegation from the Venice Commission pays a visit to Azerbaijan on 13-14 November 2014 to hold discussions with representatives of different authorities as well as with representatives of civil society organisations in the framework of the preparation of an opinion on the Law on Non-Governmental Organisations of Azerbaijan, as amended recently. The draft opinion will be submitted to the Venice Commission for adoption at its plenary session in December 2014.

St Petersburg - II International Arctic Legal Forum

13/11/2014 - 14/11/2014
St Petersburg, Russian Federation - Ms Herdis Thorgeirsdottir, Vice President of the Venice Commission, will participate in the II International Arctic Legal Forum on "Protection and sustained development of Arctic: Legal aspect" organised by the Institute of Legislation and Comparative Law under the Government of the Russian Federation jointly with the Government of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District.
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Lebanon – Conference on constitutional control

13/11/2014 - 14/11/2014
Beyrouth - Upon the invitation of the Constitutional Council of Lebanon, President of the Venice Commission Gianni Buquicchio participates in the conference entitled “ Evaluation of the constitutional control in the Arab states”. The event is organised by the Constitutional Council of Lebanon in cooperation with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the Union of Arab Constitutional Courts and Councils.

Assistance to the Constitutional Chamber of the Kyrgyz Republic

11/11/2014 - 12/11/2014
Kyrgyzstan – a workshop on media awareness and speaking in public will take place in Bishkek on 11-12 November. This is a training session for judges and relevant staff of the Constitutional Chamber of the Kyrgyz Republic with the objective of teaching them new techniques of dealing with media. The judges will learn how to ensure they get their key message across, how to get the interest of journalists and to avoid using jargon. The participants will have a chance to practice mock-up press conference, TV and radio interview and to get a feedback on their performance from an experienced traine... read more

Armenia – international conference on constitutional processes in post-communist countries

03/11/2014 - 04/11/2014
Yerevan - the Venice Commission, in cooperation with the Brusov State University, organised a conference on the “The impact of constitutional processes in post-communist transformation”. The conference brought together current and former members of the Commission, constitutional courts’ judges and prominent legal scholars from such countries as Armenia, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Romania, Kyrgyzstan, Bulgaria, Finland, Georgia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Switzerland.

Cup of Constitutional Courts

29/10/2014
Budapest - The Constitutional Courts of Austria, Croatia, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Hungary meet in Budapest for the International Football Cup at the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Constitutional Court of Hungary.

Electronic voting - 5th Council of Europe Review Meeting

28/10/2014 - 28/10/2014
Bregenz, Austria - The Venice Commission takes part in the fifth meeting to review developments in the field of e-voting since the adoption of Recommendation Rec(2004)11 on legal, operational and technical standards on e-voting

Montenegro - forthcoming opinions on judiciary

27/10/2014 - 28/10/2014
Podgorica - A delegation of rapporteurs of the Venice Commission visited Montenegro to hold discussions with representatives of the authorities (the Ministry of Justice, the Parliament, the Supreme Court and lower level courts, the State Prosecutor’s Office, the Judicial Council and Prosecutorial Council) as well as with professional associations of judges and prosecutors and civil society.

The centre of the discussions were several draft laws submitted to the Commission for assessment in the context of the reform of the judiciary in Montenegro.

Ukraine – parliamentary elections - Legal assistance to the observation mission of the PACE

25/10/2014 - 27/10/2014
Kyiv - At the request of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), the Venice Commission ensures legal assistance to the Election Observation Mission of the Assembly in the context of the parliamentary elections of 26 October 2014.

Tunisia – parliamentary elections - Legal assistance to the observation mission of the PACE

24/10/2014 - 27/10/2014
Tunis - At the request of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), the Venice Commission ensures legal assistance to its Ad hoc Committee for the observation of the general elections in Tunisia on 26 October 2014.

Azerbaijan – international conference on the ECHR

23/10/2014 - 24/10/2014
Baku - The Venice Commission participated in an international conference of the Chief Justices of the member States of the Council of Europe on the “Application of the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms on national level and the role of national judges”. The Venice Commission was represented by its Vice-President Ms Herdis Thorgeirsdottir.

Armenia - Constitutional Justice

23/10/2014 - 25/10/2014
Yerevan - Conference in co-operation with the Constitutional Court of Armenia and the Conference of Constitutional Control Organs of the Countries of New Democracy (CCCOCND) on the "Constitutional Status of Human Dignity".

Visit of the Inter-American Court on Human Rights

21/10/2014 - 21/10/2014
Strasbourg - The Inter-American Court of Human Rights judges visited the Council of Europe and met a delegation of the Venice Commission, led by its President, Mr Gianni Buquicchio. The main objective of this meeting was to explore possible ways of cooperation between the Inter-American Court and the Venice Commission . Six out of the seven judges of the Inter-American Court, including its President, Mr Humberto Sierra, as well as its Registrar, Mr Pablo Saavedra, came to Strasbourg on this occasion.

Tajikistan – Study visit on mediation to Belgium

18/10/2014 - 21/10/2014
Leuven – A study visit for the members of the Working Group on the draft law on mediation of the Republic of Tajikistan to Leuven and Brussels will take place on 18-21 October 2014.

The participants will be able to learn about the Belgian and European experience in the field of mediation in criminal and civil matters. They will also visit the European Forum for Restorative Justice, Federal Commission for Mediation in family, civil, social and commercial matters at the Ministry of Justice, the Public Prosecutor’s Office and the court of the judicial district of Leuven.

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Montenegro – request for opinion

14/10/2014
The authorities of Montenegro requested the Venice Commission to provide an opinion on the draft law on the Special State Prosecutor’s Office in charge of high level corruption issues.

Peru - Meeting with the Ministry of Justice

14/10/2014
Council of Europe, Strasbourg - A representative of the Ministry of Justice of Peru met with representatives of the Venice Commission during his visit to the Council of Europe. An exchange of views on further cooperation and a discussion on the national programme on the implementation of human rights in Peru took place.

Italy - 100th Plenary Session of the Venice Commission

10/10/2014
Rome - the President of Italy, Mr Giorgio Napolitano, met the Enlarged Bureau of the Venice Commission and congratulated it on its achievements.

100th Plenary Session of the Venice Commission

10/10/2014 - 11/10/2014
Rome - The Commission

- Heard introductory addresses made on the occasion of the 100th Plenary Session by:

- Senator Benedetto Della Vedova, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy
- Mr Cosimo Ferri, Undersecretary of State for Justice, Italy
- Mr Gianni Buquicchio, President of the Venice Commission
- Mr Mahmud Mammad-Guliyev, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan, on behalf of the Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe
- Mr Christopher Chope, on behalf of the P... read more

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