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131st plenary session of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe

17/06/2022 - 18/06/2022
Venice, Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista - During its 131st plenary session, held in Venice, the Commission:

- Adopted the joint opinion of the Venice Commission and the Directorate General of Human Rights and Rule of Law (DGI) of the Council of Europe on the Media Law of Azerbaijan;

- Adopted the opinion on the December 2021 amendments to the Organic Law on Common Courts of Georgia;

- Held an exchange of views with Ms Albulena Haxhiu, Minister of Justice of Kosovo, and adopted the opinion on the Concept Paper on the Vetting of Judges and Prosecutors ... read more

73rd meeting of the Council of Democratic Elections

16/06/2022 - 16/06/2022
Venice, Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista

“RIGHT TO LIFE” - 3rd Research Conference of the AACC Secretariat for Research and Development

15/06/2022 - 16/06/2022
The Secretariat for Research and Development of the Association of Asian Constitutional Courts, based at the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Korea, will hold online the 3rd Research Conference devoted to the right to life.

The conference will consist of the following three sessions:

• Right to life and state power;
• Right to life and personal self-determination;
• Expansive dimensions of the right to life.

Global Summit for Democracy 2022 - European Regional Forum

08/06/2022 - 09/06/2022
Budapest/online – the National Electoral Institute of Mexico (INE Mexico) in cooperation with different international organisations, electoral associations and electoral bodies currently hold the Global Summit for Democracy 2022. The aim of the initiative is to develop a global process for the debate and proposals on the great challenges democratic regimes face nowadays, in particular, those related to free and fair elections.

The Association of European Election Officials (ACEEEO) was called upon to organise the European Regional Forum of the Summit. However, following the armed a... read more

ARMENIA - “The Judiciary as Guardian of Democracy: Vice or Virtue?” - High Level Conference

08/06/2022 - 09/06/2022
Yerevan – The President of the Venice Commission, Ms Claire Bazy Malaurie, delivered a keynote speech at the High-Level Conference on “The Judiciary as Guardian of Democracy: Vice or Virtue?”, organised by the Constitutional Court of Armenia in Yerevan on 8 - 9 June 2022.

On this occasion President Bazy Malaurie also had a series of bilateral meetings with the President of the Republic, the Prime Minister, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Justice and the President of the Constitutional Court.

KOSOVO - Electoral Disputes and the European Convention on Human Rights - Workshop for the Constitutional Court

06/06/2022 - 07/06/2022
Pristina - A representative of the Venice Commission's Secretariat intervened during a workshop for judges and legal advisors of the Constitutional Court on the issue of election dispute resolution.

REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA – forthcoming opinion – additional meetings

In the context of the preparation of the opinion on the draft law on the amendment of certain normative acts (implementing the constitutional amendments on the judicial system), the Minister of Justice of Republic of Moldova requested the Venice Commission to deal with the list of questions on possible further amendments to the judiciary legislation. In response to that supplementary request, the delegation of the Venice Commission made a “virtual visit” to the Republic of Moldova on 6 June 2022.

The delegation had meetings with the following interlocutors:

• the Minist... read more

Association of Francophone Constitutional Courts (ACCF)

31/05/2022 - 02/06/2022
Dakar – Representatives of the Venice Commission participated in the 9th Congress of the ACCF on "The constitutional judge and human rights".

TUNISIA - Urgent opinion on the constitutional and legislative framework concerning the referendum and the elections announced by the President of the Republic

Strasbourg, Council of Europe – The Venice Commission published today its urgent opinion for Tunisia on the constitutional and legislative framework concerning the referendum and the elections announced by the President of the Republic, and in particular on the Decree-law No. 22 of 21 April 2022, amending and supplementing the Organic Law on the Independent High Authority for Elections (ISIE).

The opinion was requested by the European External Action Service, introduced through the Delegation of the European Union in Tunisia.

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