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117th Plenary session of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe

14/12/2018 - 15/12/2018
Venice, Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista - The Commission:

- Held a minute of silence in memory of the victims of the Strasbourg attack of 11 December 2018;

- Held an exchange of views with Ms Klotilda Bushka, Secretary of the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights, Assembly of Albania, and with Mr Oerd Bylykbashi, Representative of the Democratic Party, and adopted the Opinion on the draft Constitutional amendments of Albania enabling the vetting of politicians, previously examined by the Sub-Commissions on Democratic Institutions and on the Mediterranean ... read more

KYRGYZ REPUBLIC - Assistance in the electoral field

14/12/2018 - 14/12/2018
Bishkek – In the framework of the project “Support to Strengthening Democracy through Electoral Reform in the Kyrgyz Republic” a round table on the case-law on electoral disputes was held on 14 December 2018.

The Round table was a continuation of the work already done in the field of electoral dispute resolution within the project. After a thorough consultation with the judges, the Venice Commission’s expert drew a comprehensive analysis of judicial case materials of election related complaints. The analysis also included the results of the interviews held with the judges earlier, ... read more

MOROCCO - High Council of the Judiciary

Rabat - The Venice Commission, in cooperation with the CEPEJ, organised a meeting on “The functioning of High Judicial Councils”.

This meeting was the first meeting between the Council of Europe and the newly established High Council of the Judiciary. At this event several High judicial councils presented their national experiences, including the President of the High Council of Justice of Belgium.

ARMENIA – Early Parliamentary Elections – Legal assistance to the PACE observation mission

08/12/2018 - 09/12/2018
Yerevan - A delegation of the Venice Commission accompanied the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) election observation delegation to advise on the legal framework of the early parliamentary elections of 9 December 2018 in Armenia.

The delegation observed the opening, voting and counting processes of the parliamentary elections.

BOLIVIA – Constitutional justice

Sucre – The Venice Commission in cooperation with the Constitutional Court of Bolivia organised a conference on “Constitutional Justice and the principle of proportionality”.

The event was funded from the voluntary contribution of the Government of Mexico, made available to the Venice Commission earlier this year.

KYRGYZ REPUBLIC - Assistance in the electoral field

Bishkek - In the framework of the project “Support to Strengthening Democracy through Electoral Reform in the Kyrgyz Republic” a round table on cybercrime and cybersecurity was held on 7 December 2018 in Bishkek.

Representatives of the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic including the State Security Council, the State Registration Service (SRS), the Ministry of the Interior, the General Prosecutor’s office and other national institutions, together with civil society representatives were provided with an opportunity to gain knowledge and share experiences about existing international ... read more

Russian Federation - VIII International Congress of Comparative Law: «Comparative law in search of the constitutional ideal»

07/12/2018 - 08/12/2018
Moscow - The Venice Commission participated in the VIIIth International Congress of Comparative Law entitled “Comparative Law in search of the Constitutional Ideal”. Dedicated to the 25th Anniversary of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, the Congress took place in Moscow (7-8 December 2018) and was organised by the Institute of Legislation and Comparative Law under the Government of the Russian Federation.

World Conference on Constitutional Justice (WCCJ) – 114 members worldwide!

Council of Europe, Strasbourg - the Finnish Supreme Court and the Palestinian Supreme Constitutional Court have joined the World Conference on Constitutional Justice. It counts now 114 member courts worldwide!

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan – Conference with the Constitutional Court

Amman – The Venice Commission and the Constitutional Court of Jordan organised a conference on “Legal stability and the case for reversing precedent”.

The Commission’s participation in the event was funded through the South Programme III "Ensuring sustainable democratic governance and human rights in the Southern Mediterranean", a joint programme funded by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe.

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