12/10/2015 - 13/10/2015
St. Petersburg – A study visit for judges of the Constitutional Chamber of the Kyrgyz Republic to the Constitutional court of the Russian Federation will take place on 12 and 13 October 2015. The study visit participants will start by attending a public hearing on 12 October. They will then get an insight into the work of the Russian colleagues as well as exchange opinions on a number of issues identified by the Kyrgyz delegation.
This visit is organised jointly with the UNDP office in Bishkek within the projects aimed at supporting the Constitutional Chamber of the Kyrgyz Republi... read more
Armenia - Conference on “The Role of Constitutional Courts in Strengthening the Independence of the Judicial Power”
09/10/2015 - 10/10/2015
Yerevan - The Constitutional Court of the Republic of Armenia, the Venice Commission and the Conference of the Constitutional Control Organs of the Countries of New Democracy co-organise, the 20th Annual Yerevan International Conference which will be held on 8 October 2015, in Yerevan. The subject of the Conference is “The Role of Constitutional Courts in Strengthening the Independence of the Judicial Power: Doctrinal Approaches and Contemporary Challenges”.
This Conference is financed by the EU programme : “Programmatic Cooperation Framework in the Eastern Partnership Countries”
08/10/2015 - 09/10/2015
Bishkek – A Conference for lawyers, NGOs and academia on constitutional control of international treaties will take place on 8 October 2015 in Bishkek. It will be followed by a workshop for judges and staff of the Constitutional Chamber of the Kyrgyz Republic on 9 October in order to discuss more technical issues on the same topic.
Following the request for an opinion made by the Constitutional Chamber on the Rules of Procedure of the Constitutional Chamber of the Kyrgyz Republic, a delegation from the Venice Commission will be attending a meeting in Bishkek on 8 October to discus... read more
Armenia - Constitutional amendments adopted
On 5 October 2015 the National Assembly of Armenia adopted the constitutional amendments prepared by the Constitutional Commission in consultation with the Venice Commission. The Vice-Speaker read out a statement by the President of the Venice Commission, Mr Gianni Buquicchio.
Baku – The President of the Venice Commission, Mr Buquicchio, participated in the conference on “Protection of human rights and freedoms by the Constitutional Court by means of individual complaint” at the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Constitution of Azerbaijan. This Conference examined how the Constitutional Courts can improve individual access to the Constitutional Court as a remedy to human rights violations..
The Venice Commission supported this conference, co-organised with the Constitutional Court of Azerbaijan and the German GIZ, through the joint Council of Europe - EU... read more
02/10/2015 - 05/10/2015
Bishkek - At the request of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the Venice Commission ensures legal assistance to the Election Observation Mission of the Assembly in the context of the parliamentary elections of 4 October 2015.
Ukraine - forthcoming opinion on integrity checking
30/09/2015 - 01/10/2015
Kyiv - a delegation of the Venice Commission is in Kyiv to discuss the draft law on integrity checking.
29/09/2015 - 29/09/2015
Tirana - The Venice Commission takes part in the post-electoral Conference "Lessons Learned and Steps Ahead - Administration, Education and Participation".
28/09/2015 - 02/10/2015
La Antigua, Guatemala – Seminar of the Ibero-American Conference on Constitutional Justice on “Fundamental rights of people deprived of their freedom in penitentiary establishments”.
24/09/2015 - 25/09/2015
Chisinau - The Constitutional Court of Moldova and the Venice Commission co-organised the International Conference on "Relations of the Constitutional Court with other public authorities". This Conference, which was financed by the EU Programme : “Programmatic Cooperation Framework in the Eastern Partnership Countries”, examined how the Constitutional Courts in Moldova and other Eastern Partnership countries interact with the legislative and executive powers (nomination of judges, budget) and how the Courts’ decisions are implemented.
Strasbourg - I have learned about pressure being exercised on the judges of the Constitutional Court of Georgia and their families, notably through manifestations and pickets in front of their private homes.
In a democracy, the task of a Constitutional Court is to ensure the supremacy of the Constitution in the country. Its judgements are final and binding and they are executed in a State which respects the Rule of Law. This does not mean that the public cannot express critical views on these judgements. However, such criticism should be voiced in a respectful and legal manner. The... read more
17/09/2015 - 18/09/2015
Dushanbe – The Venice Commission’s Vice-President Ms Kjerulf Thorgeirsdottir participated in the International Conference on “Constitutional Justice as a Guarantee of the Supremacy of the Constitution" on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Constitutional Court of Tajikistan.
15/09/2015 - 16/09/2015
Sofia - A delegation of the Venice Commission will visit Bulgaria to hold discussions on draft constitutional amendments in the field of the judiciary, in the framework of a request for opinion submitted by the Bulgarian authorities. The delegation will meet with representatives of the authorities as well as of the judiciary, including professional associations of judges and prosecutors, and the civil society.
14/09/2015 - 17/09/2015
Rabat - The Venice Commission is launching in cooperation with the Ministry of Public Service and Modernisation of the Administration of the Kingdom of Morocco, a legal capacity-building programme for high-level civil servants of the MENA region (Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania, Palestine, Tunisia), called Project UniDem South Mediterranean.
The first UniDem (University for Democracy) seminar focuses on “Human rights and public service”.
Glasgow - Seminar on "A Human Rights approach to elections"
14/09/2015 - 15/09/2015
The Venice Commission participates in a seminar organised by the University of Glasgow with academics and practioners on the topic of human rights and elections.
10/09/2015 - 11/09/2015
Chisinau – A representative of the Venice Commission participates in the 24th Annual conference of the ACEEEO entitled “Continuous training of electoral stakeholders - Equality of voters, equality of votes”.
10/09/2015 - 11/09/2015
Sarajevo - A delegation of the Venice Commission visits Bosnia and Herzegovina to hold discussions on the draft law on the ombudsman for human rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This visit is taking place in the framework of the preparation of an opinion upon a request submitted by the Ministry for Human Rights and Refugees.
The delegation will hold meetings with representatives of the authorities as well as of the Ombudsman Institution of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the civil society and international organisations present in the country.
PACE- Hearing on gender equality in the electoral field
10/09/2015 - 10/09/2015
Paris - On 10 September 2015, the Venice Commission is invited to a hearing at the Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
Batumi - The Conference of European Constitutional Courts held its preparatory meeting for the XVIIth Congress.
09/09/2015 - 10/09/2015
Batumi - The Venice Commission participated in the International Conference on the “Application of International Treaties by Constitutional Courts and Equivalent Bodies: Challenges to the Dialogue”.
Central Election Commission, Tbilisi - The Gender Equality Commission of the Central Election Commission of Georgia and representatives of the Venice Commission meet to discuss best practices in the field of gender equality and the Roadmap for the implementation of the five-year Strategic Plan on gender equality of the Central Election Commission of Georgia.
Prague, Czech Republic. The Venice Commission organises, in co-operation with the Institute of International Relations Prague – IRR, a conference on “Past and present-day lustration: similarities, differences, applicable standards”, hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.
Kyrgyzstan - opinion request
Strasbourg - The Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court of Kyrgyzstan requested an opinion of the Venice Commission on the Draft Rules of Procedure of the Chamber.
Mexico- Global conference on Money and Politics
03/09/2015 - 05/09/2015
Mexico- The Venice Commission participates in a conference on "Money and Politics" co-organised by the Federal Electoral Tribunal of Mexico and International IDEA.
Ukraine - Constitutional reform
Kyiv, Ukraine - A Venice Commission delegation and the SG's Special advisor for Ukraine will attend a session of the Constitutional Commission at which the constitutional amendments on the judiciary will be discussed.
28/08/2015 - 29/08/2015
Astana – Venice Commission representatives participated in an international conference entitled “Constitution - unity, stability, prosperity “held on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the referendum on the Constitution of Kazakhstan. The President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbaev welcomed the participants of the conference during the opening ceremony.
Southern African Chief Justices Forum
27/08/2015 - 30/08/2015
Zimbabwe - The Southern African Chief Justices Forum will hold its annual Conference and the Annual General Meeting.
24/08/2015 - 25/08/2015
A Delegation of the Venice Commission will visit Armenia on 24 and 25 August. The Delegation will meet members of the Professional Commission on constitutional reform in order to continue discussions on the draft amendments to the Constitution of Armenia. On 25 August, at 10 a.m., a public meeting will be held at the Faculty of Law of Yerevan State University. Finally, the President of the Republic will receive the delegation.
Ukraine - Transitional Provisions of the Constitution
The Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the Council of Europe asked the Venice Commission to provide an opinion on the temporal validity of draft Article 18 of the Transitional Provisions of the Ukrainian Constitution providing for the possibility of specific arrangements in some parts of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.
Request for opinion – Montenegro
The Montenegrin authorities requested the Venice Commission’s opinion on the compatibility with international standards of the Draft law on Freedom of Religion of Montenegro.
Albania - Reform of the Judiciary
21/08/2015 - 22/08/2015
21 and 22 August 2015 - A group of Albanian experts will meet an expert and former member of the Commission, Mr James Hamilton, in order to discuss the progress of the judicial reform in Albania. The meeting will take place in Dublin.
Armenia – Request for an opinion on the draft amendments to the law on Human Rights Defender (Ombudsman)
On 25 May 2015, the Human Rights Defender (Ombudsman) of the Republic of Armenia, Mr Karen Andreasyan, requested an opinion of the Venice Commission on the draft law amending the law on ombudsman. A request in similar terms was later received by the DGI. A group of rapporteurs of the Venice Commission and DGI will prepare a joint opinion which will be examined at the 103rd Plenary Session of the Commission on 23-24 October 2015.
20/08/2015 - 21/08/2015
Lima – The Venice Commission participated in the International Conference on Human Rights and Public Policy organised by the Ministry of Justice of Peru.
Audit project of the institution of the Administrative Mediator of Tunisia
19/08/2015 - 20/08/2015
Evaluation of legislation on administrative Ombudsman of Tunisia vis-a-vis the "Paris Principles" and other European and international legislation as well as evaluation of the organisational structure of the institution (internal procedures, management, public relations, training needs).
Dominican Republic- 2nd Assembly of the Association of World Electoral Management Bodies (A-WEB)
17/08/2015 - 18/08/2015
Punta Cana.- The Venice Commission takes part in the 2nd Assembly of the Association of World Electoral Management Bodies (A-WEB), which will take place in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
15/08/2015 - 16/08/2015
Jakarta – the President of the Venice Commission participated in the International Symposium on the “Constitutional Complaint as an Instrument for Protecting Fundamental Rights of Citizen”, in Celebration of the 12th Anniversary of the Constitutional Court of Indonesia. The proceedings of the Symposium are available at the site of the Constitutional Court of Indonesia.
Asia - Constitutional Justice
Jakarta – The Association of Asian Constitutional Courts and Equivalent Institutions (AACC) will hold the meeting of its Board.
Tunisia - Preliminary Opinion on the Draft Organic law on the Constitutional Court of Tunisia
Strasbourg - Following a request by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Tunisia, the Venice Commission transmitted to the Tunisian authorities the Preliminary Opinion on the Draft Organic law on the Constitutional Court of Tunisia.
Ukraine - request for opinion
By a letter of 13 August 2015, the Ukrainian authorities asked the Venice Commission’s opinion on the compatibility with international standards of the draft law on integrity checking.
Paris - The Venice Commission has the sad duty to announce the death of Mr. Hubert Haenel, its member in respect of France.
Mr Hubert Haenel has been active in the Venice Commission, which benefitted from his experience and skills both as a Senator and as a member of the French Constitutional Council .
He actively contributed to the work of the Commission, particularly in the preparation of opinions relating to Armenia, Moldova, "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia", Russia and Ukraine. In terms of studies and opinions, he covered the following themes: democratic control of ar... read more
Request for opinion – Bulgaria
The President of the National Assembly of Bulgaria requested an opinion of the Venice Commission on draft amendments to the Constitution of Bulgaria elaborated as part of the ongoing reform of the Bulgarian judiciary.
Network of Constitutional Courts and Councils of West- and Central Africa
Rabat - The Constitutional Courts and Councils from Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central Africa, Chad, Congo (Brazzaville), Congo - Democratic Republic (Kinshasa), Côte d'Ivoire, Gabon, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Senegal and Togo have established the “Network of Constitutional Courts and Councils of West- and Central Africa”.
Ukraine - Judiciary - preliminary opinion
Upon urgent request by the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada and of the Constitutional Commission of Ukraine, Mr Volodymyr Groysman, the Venice Commission has prepared a preliminary opinion on the amendments to the Constitution relating to the Judiciary, proposed by the competent Working Group of the Constitutional Commission. This preliminary opinion has been sent to the Ukrainian authorities and is available to the public.
Peru withdraws its request for an opinion
By a letter sent on 23 July 2015, the Ministry of Justice of Peru has withdrawn its request for an opinion on the draft anti-discrimination legislation and the draft reform of the Criminal Code concerning hate crimes. The government informed the Commission that the draft reform has been postponed and the draft legislation will not be submitted to the Parliament.
Tunis - Truth and Dignity Body
The Truth and Dignity Body of Tunisia has requested an opinion of the Venice Commisison on the draft organic law related to specific proceedings regarding reconcilation in economic and financial areas.
Ukraine – urgent request for opinion
The Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada and of the Constitutional Commission of Ukraine, Mr Volodymyr Groysman, has requested the urgent opinion of the Venice Commission on the amendments to the Constitution relating to the Judiciary, proposed by the competent Working Group of the Constitutional Commission. This preliminary opinion is expected to be sent to the Ukrainian authorities and made public before the end of this week.
Vienna - The Venice Commission participates in an election seminar following an invitation from the Serbian Chairmanship of the OSCE and the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the OSCE (the OSCE/ODIHR). The Venice Commission representatives intervene more particularly on the issue of misuse of administrative resources during elections.
Kyiv, 16 July 2015 - A Venice Commission delegation and the SG's Special advisor for Ukraine attended a sitting of the Verkhovna Rada at which the constitutional reform was discussed.
14/07/2015 - 15/07/2015
Kyiv – An expert of the Venice Commission participates in a Political Party Expert Workshop organised by the OSCE/ODIHR, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and the Agency for Legislative Initiatives in cooperation with the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. Two major themes to be discussed by the participants:
• international trends and challenges in political party regulation;
• key aspects of political party legislation reform in Ukraine.