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19th meeting of the Sub-Commission on Constitutional Justice (Larnaca)

The Venice Commission held the 19th meeting its Sub-Commission on Constitutional Justice together with liaison officers from constitutional courts and equivalent bodies on 31 May in Larnaca hosted by the Supreme Court of Cyprus. The main topics of the meeting have been the co-operation with constitutional courts in other regions (francophone countries, Southern Africa, Latin America), the publication of the Bulletin on Constitutional Case-Law and the evaluation of a new, expanded version of the Commission's CODICES database (

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Covid-19 pandemic -
Emergency powers -
 What standards?


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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