Constitutional Justice - Ibero-America
12/03/2014 - 14/03/2014
Santo Domingo - Xth Ibero-American Conference of Constitutional Justice on "Legal rules and the Supremacy of the Constitution".
Geneva - Community of Democracies
11/03/2014 - 11/03/2014
Vice-President Herdis Thorgeisdottir is participating at a Workshop on "Civil Society, Government and the Law : Best Practices and Lessons learned from Ukraine, Tunisia and Burma". She is a Speaker in the panel on Ukraine.
26/02/2014 - 27/02/2014
Ashgabat – a roundtable on “Judicial Ethics and Discipline” will take place on 27 February 2014 in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
This roundtable is a joint activity of the Venice Commission, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and the authorities of Turkmenistan. Participants in this meeting include representatives of the Ministry of Justice, judges from the Supreme Court as well as from lower courts. Discussions will focus on the fundamental issues pertaining to the efficiency of the judiciary, in particular on judicial ethics and judicial discipline.
A possible co-o... read more
Tirana - Representatives of the Venice Commission visited Albania to meet with the authorities involved in the legislation changes concerning judiciary.
18/02/2014 - 19/02/2014
Tbilisi – Venice Commission participates in a post-electoral conference entitled "the 2013 Presidential elections: lessons learned and steps ahead" co-organised by the Council of Europe, IFES and USAID.
Framework Convention on National Minorities – address by the President of the Venice Commission
Council of Europe, Strasbourg – President of the Commission Gianni Buquicchio addresses the 49th meeting of the Advisory Committee on the framework convention for the protection of national minorities.
World Conference on Constitutional Justice - Bahrain
The Constitutional Court of Bahrain joined the World Conference on Constitutional Justice, which now has 86 members.
Democracy in Europe and beyond: the role of the Venice Commission – Diplomatic Club of Geneva
Penthes Castle, Geneva - President Gianni Buquicchio is invited to speak on the topic "Democracy in Europe and elsewhere: the role of the Venice Commission". The Diplomatic Club of Geneva has organised the event.
05/02/2014 - 06/02/2014
Pristina - A delegation of the Venice Commission is visiting Kosovo as part of the preparation, at the request of the Special Representative of the EU in Kosovo, of an opinion on a draft law amending the legislation on freedom of religion.
Rapporteurs of the Commission are to discuss the proposed amendments with local officials, representatives of different religious communities and of international institutions.
* - All references to Kosovo shall be understood in full compliance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 and without prejudice to the status of... read more
European Parliament - Tunisia
Strasbourg - Participation of the President of the Venice Commission Gianni Buquicchio in a meeting at the European Parliament on the Tunisian constitution.
01/02/2014 - 02/02/2014
Nagoya - Participation of the Venice Commission in the symposium on “Institutional Design for Conflict Resolution and Negotiation: Theory and Practice” organised by the Graduate School of Law at Nagoya University.
Tunisia has a democratic Constitution since Monday, 27 January 2014!
This well drafted text, adopted by the National Constituent Assembly with an overwhelming majority, bears witness to the Tunisian people’s ability to be united faced with the challenge of building, in the near future, a modern country with democratic institutions and where all the political forces, the civil society, the men and women of all ages, in particular young people, have their dignity and their role.
The Venice Commission welcomes this accomplishment.
Following the fruitful discussio... read more
EU – protecting fundamental values in the member states – international expert round table
Berlin – Secretary of the Venice Commission Thomas Markert is invited to participate in an Expert Roundtable on legal mechanisms and reforms of EU Law entitled “From commitment to action: protecting fundamental values in the EU member states”. The event is organised by the Walter Hallstein Institut and Democracy Reporting International.
Turkey - Legal entities of non-Muslims: problems and rights - international conference
Istanbul, Bilgi Üniversitesi Dolapdere Campus – Participation of Mr Christopher Grabenwarter, Austrian member of the Venice Commission, in a conference on “Legal entities of non-Muslims: problems and rights” organised by Istanbul Bilgi University.
27/01/2014 - 28/01/2014
Warsaw – The Venice Commission, represented by its Moldovan member Mr Nicolae Esanu, participated in the meeting of the OSCE/ ODHIR Panel on freedom of assembly.
The agenda includes an exchange of views on the most recent developments in the field and discussions on specific topics related to the freedom of assembly in the framework of the revision of the joint Venice Commission - OSCE/ODHIR Guidelines on freedom of assembly.
European Parliament – address by the President of the Venice Commission
Brussels - The President of the Venice Commission, Mr Gianni Buquicchio, is invited by the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament (AFET) to exchange of views with the MEPs on the constitutional developments in Tunisia and the judicial reform in Turkey.
26/01/2014 - 27/01/2014
Tunis, Bardo Palais - On 26 January 2014, the National Constituent Assembly of Tunisia adopted its new constitution by an overwhelming majority of 200 votes in favour, 12 against and 4 abstentions. On 27 January, the Constitution was promulgated by the President of the Republic, Mr Moncef Marzouki, the President of the NCA Mr Mustapha Ben Jaafar and the outgoing Prime Minister Mr Ali Laarayedh.
The Venice Commission was invited to participate in the ceremony of promulgation.
20/01/2014 - 22/01/2014
Chisinau - A delegation of the Venice Commission lead by its Secretary Thomas Markert, is meeting with the authorities to discuss the electoral reform in view of the forthcoming opinion on the subject.
Experts of the OSCE/ ODIHR also participate in the visit and the preparation of the forthcoming opinion which is scheduled for adoption at the March 2014 plenary session.
Armenia – draft judicial code – country visit in view of a forthcoming opinion
20/01/2014 - 21/01/2014
Erevan - A delegation of the Venice Commission is meeting with the authorities to discuss the draft law “On Making Amendments and Supplements to the Judicial Code of the Republic of Armenia” in view of the forthcoming opinion on this draft. The draft opinion is scheduled for adoption at the March 2014 plenary session.
Italy – International seminar on democratic oversight
European University Institute, Florence - Participation of the Venice Commission’s representatives in a workshop on "Reinforcing Democratic Oversight in the European Union?" organised by the Global Governance Programme of the European University Institute and Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies.
Georgia – Visit by the President and Secretary of the Commission
16/01/2014 - 17/01/2014
Tbilisi – President Gianni Buquicchio and Secretary Thomas Markert are in Georgia to exchange views with the authorities on future cooperation in general and discuss with the Georgian Parliament the co-operation with the State Constitutional Commission and the electoral reform in particular.
Council of Europe, Strasbourg - I was asked about the position of the Venice Commission on the proposed amendments to the Turkish legislation on the judiciary and in particular on the High Council of Judges and Prosecutors.
First of all, I would like to underline that the Venice Commission has not seen and even less, examined this text. However, we are aware that serious concerns have been raised as to the compatibility of the amendments with international standards and the Turkish Constitution. By contrast, the current legislation, introduced only a few years ago, was positively ... read more
Republic of Moldova – Request for opinion
The Ministry of Justice of Republic of Moldova requested the Venice Commission to provide an opinion on the Draft law on amending the Law on intelligence and security service and the Law on special investigative activity.
Republic of Moldova – Request for opinion
The Ministry of Justice of Republic of Moldova requested the Venice Commission to provide an opinion on the Draft law on disciplinary liability of judges.
Rabat - a delegation of experts of the Venice Commission and the CEPEJ are meeting representatives of the Ministry of Justice and Freedoms and professional associations of judges for a first exchange of views on two draft organic laws (on Superior Council of the Judiciary and Status of Judges) prepared in accordance with Title VII of the new Constitution of the Kingdom of Morocco, adopted in July 2011.
07/01/2014 - 08/01/2014
Tripoli - The President of the Venice Commission Gianni Buquicchio, accompanied by Michael Frendo and Rafâa Ben Achour, members of the Venice Commission for Malta and Tunisia, visited Tripoli on 7 and 8 January 2014 following the invitation of the General national Congress of Libya. The delegation exchanged views with the authorities on the Libyan constitutional process and discussed possible cooperation on the drafting of the new Constitution.
During the visit the delegation of the Venice Commission met with:
• Mr. Abu Ali Nuri Sahmain, Chairman of the General National Congre... read more
OSCE - Council of Europe
Brussels – The President of the Commission Gianni Buquicchio and Commission’s Secretary Thomas Markert are invited to participate in the Working Party on the OSCE and the Council of Europe (COSCE).
11/12/2013 - 12/12/2013
Kyrgyzstan – a seminar aimed at judges of the newly established Constitutional Chamber of the Kyrgyz Republic took place on 11-12 December in Bishkek. The aim of this seminar was to discuss the experience of different constitutional courts, Romania and Georgia in particular, in order to provide the Constitutional Chamber with recommendations for enhancing their work in public outreach.
This seminar was organised jointly with the UNDP office in Bishkek within the projects aimed at supporting the Constitutional Chamber of the Kyrgyz Republic with funding provided by the European Uni... read more