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Ibero-America - Constitutional Justice

28/06/2016 - 01/07/2016
Lima - XIth Ibero-American Conference of Constitutional Justice.

Armenia - Meetings on electoral reform

24/06/2016 - 24/06/2016
On 24 June 2016, the working group of the Venice Commission and the OSCE/ODIHR held discussions on the on-going electoral reform in Armenia. It subsequently held a working meeting with Ms Arpine Hohvanissyan, Minister of Justice and Mr Davit Harutyunyan, Chief of Staff of the Government. Both meetings included discussions on the recent mutual agreement reached in Yerevan between the government and the opposition on the "organisational and technical mechanisms for oversight over the lawfulness of the electoral process".
On 24 June 2016, the working group of the Venice Commission and the O... read more

Meeting with representatives of the working group on electoral reform of Ukraine

22/06/2016 - 23/06/2016
Strasbourg.- Members of the working group on electoral reform, created under the auspices of the Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, will come to Strasbourg on 22 and 23 June to have an exchange of views on the content of the reform with representatives of the Parliamentary Assembly, the Venice Commission and different departments and experts of the Council of Europe.

Rule of Law Checklist – presentation to the PACE

21/06/2016
Council of Europe, Strasbourg - Ms Herdis Kjerulf Thorgeirsdottir, Vice President of the Venice Commission, will introduce the Rule of Law Checklist before the Committee of Legal Affairs and Human Rights of the Parliamentary Assembly. The meeting will be opened by Ms Anne Brasseur, Former President of the Parliamentary Assembly and member of the Committee of Legal Affairs and Human Rights and Her Excellency Ms Marina Kaljurand, Chair of the Committee of Ministers.

World Conference on Constitutional Justice - 100 members !

17/06/2016
Strasbourg - Statement by the President of the Venice Commission: "I am very pleased to announce that, with the accession of the Constitutional Tribunal of Cape Verde, the World Conference on Constitutional Justice has reached the 100 membership mark, with its members hailing from all five continents. These 100 Constitutional Courts, Constitutional Councils and Supreme Courts, members of the World Conference, are all committed to the common values of democracy, the protection of human rights and the rule of law as expressed in the Statute of the World Conference, which is essential for the pr... read more

107th Plenary Session of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe

10/06/2016 - 11/06/2016
The Commission
- Held an exchange of views with Ms Arpine Hovhannisyan, Minister of Justice of Armenia, endorsed the preliminary joint opinion by the Venice Commission and the OSCE/ODIHR on the draft electoral code of Armenia as of 18 April 2016, previously endorsed by the Council for Democratic Elections on 9 June 2016 and, upon the Minister’s request and in the light of the urgency, authorised the rapporteurs to prepare an opinion on the amendments to the Electoral Code adopted after the publication of the preliminary opinion and to send it to the Armenian authorities prior to the Oct... read more

World Conference on Constitutional Justice - Guinea-Bissau

09/06/2016
The Supreme Court of Justice of Guinea-Bissau joined the World Conference on Constitutional Justice, which now has 99 members.

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Constitutional Justice - Joint Council

07/06/2016 - 08/06/2016
Venice – the 15th meeting of the Joint Council on Constitutional Justice of the Venice Commission was held on 7 June 2016, followed by a mini conference on the issue of “Migration” on 8 June 2016. The mini conference an integral part of the annual meeting of the Joint Council on Constitutional Justice, which unites the liaison officers of the Constitutional Courts and Courts with equivalent jurisdiction of the Venice Commission’s member States and is open to the members of the Venice Commission.

Ukraine - Adoption of the constitutional amendments on the judiciary

02/06/2016
Strasbourg – The President of the Venice Commission, Gianni Buquicchio, welcomed today’s adoption by the Verkhovna Rada of the constitutional amendments required for the reform of the judicial system of Ukraine. “I am very happy that the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted this crucial reform with an overwhelming majority. All those who voted for the reform have shown their readiness to act responsibly in the interest of the country. The decision shows that, despite a difficult situation, the country is capable of carrying out major reforms. The Venice Commission has worked on this reform for m... read more

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