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Latin America – International conference on the protection of human rights - Sub-Commission of Latin America

04/12/2015 - 05/12/2015
Santiago, Chile – The Venice Commission in cooperation with the Constitutional Court of Chile organises an international conference on the protection of human rights entitled “The Constitutional protection of vulnerable groups: a judicial dialogue”.

The Conference will be followed by a meeting of the Sub-Commission on Latin America of the Venice Commission.

South Mediterranean – Training seminar for civil servants of the MENA region - Contribution by the Venice Commission

30/11/2015 - 03/12/2015
Venice - The Venice Commission makes a contribution to the 1st PATHS training Module entitled: “Constitutional justice, transitional justice and the legislative process”.

This 1st module of training in the framework of the PATHS (Programme on Advanced Training on Human Rights for the Council of Europe’s Southern Neighbourhood) is aimed at high-level public servants from the MENA Region.

The Venice Commission’s contribution covers the topics relating to constitutional justice and the legislative process on 30 November and 1 December 2015.

Georgia - Regional Conference on Gender Equality in electoral processes

25/11/2015 - 26/11/2015
Tbilisi - The Venice Commission organises in cooperation with the Central Election Commission of Georgia a regional conference on Gender Equality in electoral processes. Among keynote speakers is Ms Herdís Thorgeirsdóttir, Vice-President of the Venice Commission; she will make a presentation on the international standards in the field of elections.

This activity is organised as a part of the Programmatic Cooperation Framework and involves the central election commissions of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.

EU - Venice Commission - Ukraine

25/11/2015 - 27/11/2015
European Parliament, Strasbourg - President of the Venice Commission Gianni Buquicchio was invited to exchange of views on ongoing reforms in Ukraine with the Delegation of the European Parliament to the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Association Committee.

The participation of the President was highly valued by the President of the EP Delegation Mr Andrej Plenković (EPP, HR). After the session Mr Plenković issued a statement.

Russia – moot court competition on constitutional law

19/11/2015 - 20/11/2015
Saint-Petersburg - the Venice Commission supports the annual final round of the national moot-court competition on constitutional law amongst law schools students.

Latin America - Annual Conference of Electoral Management Bodies

19/11/2015 - 20/11/2015
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - The Venice Commission participates in the annual Conference of the Electoral Management Bodies of Latin America held by the Organization of American States (OAS).

World Forum for Democracy

Council of Europe, Strasbourg - The Venice Commission participates in the World Forum for Democracy namely in the Lab on “Leaders countering extremism”, and in the Lab on “Protecting civic space in intergovernmental settings”.


Tunis - The Venice Commission contributes to a seminar on the Constitutional Body on Good Governance and Fight Against Corruption (IBOGOLUCC).

Freedom of Religion – Joint with OSCE/ODHIR Guidelines

Istanbul – A representative of the Venice Commission participated in the launch event of the Joint –Venice Commission with the OSCE/ODIHR - Guidelines of Freedom of Religion in Turkish language.

Tunisia - Institution of the Administrative Mediator

16/11/2015 - 18/11/2015
Tunis - Evaluation in cooperation with the AMO of the legislation on the Administrative Ombudsman of Tunisia vis-a-vis the "Paris Principles" and other European and international standards as well as the evaluation of the organisational structure of the institution (internal procedures, management, public relations, training needs).

This event is held within the framework of the Joint EU/Council of Europe South Programme “Towards a Strengthened Democratic Governance in the Southern Mediterranean”, funded by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe.

Montenegro – forthcoming opinion - visit

16/11/2015 - 17/11/2015
Podgorica - A delegation of the Venice Commission and the OSCE/Odihr visits Montenegro in the framework of the preparation of an Interim Joint Opinion on the Draft Law of Montenegro on Freedom of Religion.

Ukraine – forthcoming opinion – visit to the country

16/11/2015 - 17/11/2015
Kyiv – a delegation of the Venice Commission visits the country to exchange views with the authors of the Law “On the condemnation of the communist and national socialist (Nazi) regimes, and prohibition of propaganda of their symbols”, as well as with the representatives of political parties and civil society. The members of the delegation are the rapporteurs who prepare a draft opinion on the above-mentioned Law upon the request of the PACE Committee on the Honouring of Obligations and Commitments by Member States.

Electoral matters - The Venice Commission receives an international award

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - The Venice Commission received the International Institutional Engagement Award at the International Centre for Political Studies (ICPS) Electoral Awards Ceremony. It had also been shortlisted in the two other awards' categories: the Gender Equality and the Minority Participation.

The “former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” – consultations concerning the judiciary

12/11/2015 - 13/11/2015
Skopje - Following a request by the European Commission, the Venice Commission examines Macedonian legislation concerning the disciplinary liability of judges, with a view of preparing an opinion. It will be submitted for adoption by the December 2015 Plenary Session of the Venice Commission.

A delegation of the Venice Commission visits Skopje on 12 and 13 November 2015 where it will have meetings with the representatives of the national authorities, judges and of the civil society concerned.

Magna Carta – international seminar

Council of Europe, Strasbourg - a representative of the Venice Commission is invited to participate in the Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Seminar on “European Perspectives on Magna Carta”

Ukraine – Local elections – post-electoral conference

Kyiv – A delegation of the Venice Commission participates in the conference on the latest local elections of 25 October 2015.

Turkey - 90th anniversary of Ankara University Faculty of Law - International law congress

Ankara - The President of the Commission is invited to the International law congress on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of Ankara Faculty of Law. Mr Buquicchio intervenes on the standards on judicial independence and their relevance for Turkey.

Albania – forthcoming opinion on judiciary reform - visit by the rapporteurs

02/11/2015 - 03/11/2015
Tirana – a delegation of the Venice Commission visits Albania in the framework of the preparation of an opinion on the judicial system reform, namely on the draft constitutional amendments on the European integration and the judiciary.

The rapporteurs will meet President of Republic of Albania, Prime Minister, Speaker of Parliament, Chairman of Ad Hoc Parliamentary Committee “On Reform of Justice System”, and opposition members in Ad Hoc Parliamentary Committee, Chairmen of the Constitutional and High Courts, Minister of Justice, representatives of the international community pres... read more

Turkey - Parliamentary elections - Legal assistance to the observation mission of the PACE

31/10/2015 - 02/11/2015
Ankara - 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 1 November 2015.

Azerbaijan’s parliamentary elections – Legal assistance to PACE

31/10/2015 - 02/11/2015
Baku – A delegation of the Venice Commission accompanies the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) delegation to advise on the legal framework of the parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan scheduled for 1 November 2015.

The PACE delegation is to observe the opening, voting and counting processes of the parliamentary elections. The team will meet with diplomats, representatives of political parties and of NGOs.

Fundamental rights – international conference on implementation of the ECHR judgments

Moscow State University – The Venice Commission participates in the Conference on “Challenges of Implementation of the Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights: Dialogues about Prisoners’ Voting”. The event is organised by the Council of Europe, Moscow State University, University of Oslo, University of Durham, Higher School on Economics and University of Surrey.

Ukraine – constitutional reform – judiciary

Kyiv – Secretary of the Venice Commission Thomas Markert participates in the meeting of the Constitutional Commission. The Constitutional Commission will review the draft amendments to the Constitution concerning the judiciary in the light of the Venice Commission opinion.


28/10/2015 - 29/10/2015
Strasbourg - The Venice Commission takes part in the first meeting of the Ad-hoc Committee of Experts on Legal, Operational and Technical Standards for E-Voting (CAHVE)

Conference of Central Asian constitutional control bodies

28/10/2015 - 29/10/2015
Strasbourg – A Conference of Central Asian constitutional control bodies will take place on 28 and 29 October 2015 in Strasbourg on the premises of the Council of Europe. It will bring together around 20 participants from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The President and judges of the Constitutional control bodies are meeting to discuss issues of common interest, such as how the separation of powers affects constitutional control bodies and constitutional interpretation techniques. The Conference participants will be able to exchange information and experience on the protec... read more

104th Plenary Session of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe

23/10/2015 - 24/10/2015
Venice - The Commission

- Paid tribute to the late Mr Hubert Haenel, member of the Venice Commission in respect of France;

- Held an exchange of views with Mr Kristaq Traja, Chair of the High Level Expert Group on the Amendment of the Constitution of Albania, on the draft constitutional amendments focusing on European integration and the judiciary of Albania, and authorised the rapporteurs to send a preliminary opinion on these amendments to the Albanian authorities prior to the December Plenary Session;

- Endorsed the two preliminary opinions on the draft ame... read more
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