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 Publications of the Venice Commission

I. On-line publications


  • Electronic Bulletin on Constitutional Case-Law ("e-Bulletin")

The electronic Bulletin on Constitutional Case-Law (“e-Bulletin") regularly reports on the case-law of constitutional courts and courts with equivalent jurisdiction in Venice Commission member and observer states, including case-law of the European Court of Human Rights, the Court of Justice of the European Union and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

The e-Bulletin is sent to liaison officers and to subscribers by e-mail three times a year, each mailing reports on the most important case-law gathered during a four-month period. If you wish to receive the e-Bulletin free of charge, please subscribe by registering here.

Special Bulletins are published in paper form every three years on the topic of the Conference of European Constitutional Courts (CECC) congresses. 

All previous Bulletins (from 1993 to 2018) are available here.


  • JCCJ mini-conferences

The yearly meetings of the Joint Council for Constitutional Justice of the Venice Commission are generally followed by a “mini-conference” on a topic in the field of constitutional justice, chosen by the liaison officers of the participating courts during which they present the relevant case-law of their courts. Since 2015 these presentations are made into electronic brochures:


  • CODICES database

The CODICES database ( contains the full text of over 10 000 judgments from over 100 courts mainly in English and in French, but also in other languages, as well as summaries of these judgments (précis) in English and in French.


CODICES also contains the laws on constitutional courts and courts with equivalent jurisdiction and the constitutions of nearly all the Venice Commission member and observer states as well as other information including court descriptions and the Joint Council on Constitutional Justice’s mini-conference reports.

II. Venice Commission's collections

  • "Science and technique of democracy"


   The Science and Technique of Democracy collection
   reports on the transnational topics considered
   by the Venice Commission since its establishment
   in the early nineties.

    ​All the titles of Science et technique collection
   can be ordered here:
   Website of Council of Europe Publishing


  • Guantanamo – violation of human rights and international law? (2007)
  • The CIA above the laws? Secret detentions and illegal transfers of detainees in Europe (2008)
  • Armed forces and security services: what democratic control? (2009)



  •  The right to life (2006)
  •  Freedom of religion (2007)
  •  Child rights in Europe (2008)
  •  Freedom of expression (2009)

III. Other publications


  • "Mass surveillance- who is watching the watchers?" (2016)

  • The surveillance practices disclosed endanger fundamental human rights, including the rights to privacy, freedom of information and expression, and the rights to a fair trial and freedom of religion. Given the threat such surveillance techniques pose, how can states uphold these fundamental rights and ensure the protection of privacy and Internet safety in the digital age?

    This book presents, in its first part, the report of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and, in its second part, the legal expertise of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (the Venice Commission).


These publications are available, free of charge, from :




  General information on the Commission:

  Specific issues:

  • "Toolkit on Teleworking in Public Administrations", 2021 (English and Arabic)
  • The Venice Commission of the Council of Europe: cooperation with Constitutional Courts, 2020 (EnglishFrenchGermanRussianSpanish)
  • Principles on the protection and promotion of the ombudsman institution ("The Venice Principles"), 2019 (English, French, Spanish, Arabic
  • The Rule of Law Checklist, 2016 (English, French, Arabic, Russian, Spanish, Ukrainian*)
  • 7th Intercultural Workshop on Democracy - the Supreme Judicial Councils (CSM) and the independence of the judiciary, 2019  (French only)
  • Reference texts in the field of the judiciary, 2017 (English, French)
  • European Conference of Electoral Managements Bodies, 2017 (English, French, Russian)
  • Preventing and responding to the misuse of administrative resources during electoral processes - Joint Guidelines, 2017 (English, French, Russian
  • Code of Good Practice in Electoral Matters, 2017 (English, French, Arabic, Spanish and Russian)
  • Main documents of the Venice Commission in the field of elections and political parties (Russian)
  • UniDem Campus for the Southern Mediterranean countries:
  • "Judicial systems of Central Asia" - 2016 (Russian, only the introduction to the publication is in English)
  • Compilation of guidelines on fundamental rights, 2015 (English, French, Arabic)



*  Unofficial translation into Ukrainian was supported and published by USAID

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