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15/11/2002 - 16/11/2002

Seminar on "The impact of the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights on the activity of the Constitutional Courts of Central and Eastern Europe" organised by the Research Group on the Law and Transition in Eastern Europe of the University of Clermont-Ferrand (GRDT). Judge Klucka, Slovak member of the Venice Commission, presents a report on the Commission's activities relating to the abolition of the death penalty. A cooperation agreement between the GRDT and the Commission with the objective to publish opinions of the Commission in the Revue de Justice constitutionnelle est-européenne published by the GRDT is signed at this occasion.

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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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