Recent and Current Events

Jordan - Conference on the protection of the human rights by Constitutional Courts and the judiciary

Amman – The Venice Commission organises in cooperation with the Constitutional Court of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan a conference on “Constitutional Courts and the Judiciary: protecting human rights together”. This conference is part of the Council of Europe-European Union Joint Programme (JP) entitled “Support to the Jordanian authorities in improving the quality and efficiency of the Jordanian justice system”.

Georgia – Long term assistance to the Central Election Commission

21/04/2014 - 18/05/2014
Tbilisi – At the request of the Central Election Commission of Georgia, an election expert of the Venice Commission in electoral matters will be providing legal assistance to the Central Election Commission of Georgia. The expert is more precisely assisting the Legal Department of the Commission in establishing a training module for district election commissions' members.

Ukraine - First meeting with the constitutional reform Commission of the Ukrainian parliament

Kyiv - A delegation of the Venice Commission composed of Ms Kiener (Switzerland), Ms Suchocka (Poland), Mr Papuashvili (Georgia) and Mr Scholsem (Belgium), accompanied by an expert of the Directorate General on Democracy of the Council of Europe, Mr Marcou (France), and the Secretary of the Venice Commission, Mr Markert, will have on 15 April 2014 a meeting with the Special Commission of the Verkhovna Rada for the preparation of amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine.

"the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" - Electoral observation - Legal assistance to the observation mission of the PACE

11/04/2014 - 14/04/2014
Skopje - A 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 13 April 2014.

A 21-member delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly, headed by Mr Stefan Schennach (Austria, SOC), visits the country from 11 to 14 April to observe the conduct of the presidential election, alongside observers from the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the OSCE.

The delegation is due to meet the c... read more

PACE - Venice Commission's study on children's rights in constitutions

Council of Europe, Strasbourg - Ms Herdis Thorgeirsdottir, Vice-President of the Venice Commission, presents the conclusions of the study on "The Protection of Children's rights : International Standards and Domestic Constitutions" to the Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development of the PACE.

Turkey – President Buquicchio meets Minister Çavuşoğlu

Council of Europe, Strasbourg – President of the Venice Commission Gianni Buquicchio meets Turkish Minister for European Affairs and Chief Negotiator with the EU Mr Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu to discuss recent developments in Turkey and future cooperation with the Venice Commission.

PACE - Venice Commission's opinion on Italian defamation legislation

Council of Europe, Strasbourg - Ms Herdis Thorgeirsdottir, Vice-President of the Venice Commission, presents the recommendations of the Commission’s opinion on the defamation legislation of Italy to the Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Medias of the PACE. She notably speaks to the Sub-Commission on Media and Information society.

South Mediterranean - Training academy for young professionals on democratic governance

05/04/2014 - 13/04/2014
Venice - The Training Academy is a pilot project which is aimed at young professionals from Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria employed by public or private organisations beneficiaries of EU projects, which are intended to strengthen the human rights, the rule of law and democracy in the region.

The Academy program will enable participants to acquire knowledge and solid competences on human rights, good governance and the principles of the rule of law.

This pilot project is funded by the European Union within the framework of the South Programme, a joint program between the Eu... read more

Armenia – request for opinion

The opinion on the Draft Law on Introducing Amendments and Addenda to the Judicial Code of the Republic of Armenia
(term of office of court presidents) has been requested by the President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia by letter of 1 April 2014.

The draft opinion will be submitted to the Venice Commission for adoption at its next plenary session on 13-14 June 2014.
Armenia – request for opinion

The opinion on the Draft Law on Introducing Amendments and Addenda to the Judicial Code of the Republic of Armenia
(term of offi... read more

Bosnia and Herzegovina - 50th anniversary of Constitutional Justice

27/03/2014 - 28/03/2014
Sarajevo - A delegation of the Venice Commission, headed by its President, participated in the celebration on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Constitutional Justice in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Conference on “Constitutional Court – Between Negative Legislator and Positive Activism”.

Obituary – Professor Jean-Claude Colliard, member of the Venice Commission in respect of France

Paris - The Venice Commission is sad to announce the death of Mr. Jean-Claude Colliard, the member in respect of France (since 2006) and Vice President of the Council for Democratic Elections (since 2010).

Mr Colliard was very active in the Venice Commission: the Commission benefited from his wide experience and competences as President of the Paris University Panthéon-Sorbonne, as well as a professor of law and a member of the Constitutional Council of France, in particular in the field of elections. Professor Colliard contributed to the Commission’s work, participating in the pr... read more

98th Plenary Session of the Venice Commission (Venice)

21/03/2014 - 22/03/2014
Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista, Venice - The Commission

- Held an exchange of views with Mr Dimitry Vyatkin, Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building of the Russian State Duma and endorsed(*) the opinion on “Whether Draft Federal Constitutional Law No. 462741-6 on amending the Federal Constitutional Law of the Russian Federation on the procedure of admission to the Russian Federation and creation of a new subject within the Russian Federation is compatible with international law”, previously discussed at the joint meeting of the Sub-... read more

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