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Constitutional justice - SACJF conference

13/08/2010 - 14/08/2010

Johanesbourg - the Southern African Chief Justices’ Forum’s (SACJF) conference on “Sustaining the independence of the Judiciary” followed by the SACJF’s annual general meeting.

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During the current Covid-19 pandemic, national governments are taking exceptional measures to slow down the spread of the virus. On numerous occasions, the Venice Commission examined the limits of such emergency powers. The Commission has consistently underlined that State security and public safety can only be effectively guaranteed in a democracy which fully respects the rule of law. Even in genuine cases of emergency situations, the rule of law must prevail.


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