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129th plenary session of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe

09/12/2021 - 11/12/2021
Venice, Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista

74th meeting of the Council for Democratic Elections

09/12/2021
Venice, Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista

Constitutional Justice - Southern Africa POSTPONED

2021
Arusha – The Venice Commission is invited to participate in the Conference of the Southern African Chief Justices Forum.

128th plenary session of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe

14/10/2021 - 16/10/2021
Venice, Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista

73rd meeting of the Council for Democratic Elections

14/10/2021
Venice, Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista

Ukraine - Conference

24/06/2021 - 25/06/2021
Kiev - On the occasion of its 25th anniversary as well as the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Constitution of Ukraine, the Constitutional Court of Ukraine will organise an international conference in co-operation with the the IRZ-Foundation and the Venice Commission.

Slovenia - Constitutional Court

22/06/2021 - 24/06/2021
Ljubljana - 30th anniversary of the Constitutional Court of Slovenia.

127th plenary session of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe

17/06/2021 - 19/06/2021
Venice, Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista

72nd meeting of the Council for Democratic Elections

17/06/2021
Venice, Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista

Association of Francophone Constitutional Courts (ACCF)

26/05/2021 - 30/05/2021
France - the Association of Francophone Constitutional Courts will organise its Conference of Head of Institutions.

Conference of the Presidents of the Constitutional Courts of the Member States of the Council of Europe

22/04/2021 - 23/04/2021
Berlin – The Venice Commission is invited to participate in the Conference of the Presidents of the Constitutional Courts of the Member States of the Council of Europe. The event is organised by the German Presidency of the Council of Europe (November – May 2021).

HUNGARY - Constitutional Court - 30th anniversary celebration

14/04/2021 - 16/04/2021
Budapest - celebrations of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the Constitutional Court of Hungary.

POSTPONED - Conference of Constitutional Jurisdictions of Africa

05/04/2021 - 07/04/2021
Rabat and Fes - 6th Congress of the CCJA "Constitutional Courts and International Law".

126th plenary session of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe

18/03/2021 - 20/03/2021
(online)

71st meeting of the Council for Democratic Elections

18/03/2021
(online)

POSTPONED - Conference of Constitutional Jurisdictions of Africa

08/03/2021 - 09/03/2021
Libreville - The Conference of Constitutional Jurisdictions of Africa (CCJA) and the Constitutional Court of Gabon are co-organising on 8 and 9 March 2021 the 1st "Meeting of women chief justices and African judges" . The Venice Commission is invited to attend this event.

This Meeting is devoted to the celebration of the International Women's Day.

Conference of European Constitutional Courts

24/02/2021 - 26/02/2021
Prague - XVIIIth Congress of the Conference of European Constitutional Courts (CECC)

Request for opinion - ODIHR/Ukraine

19/01/2021
The OSCE/ODIHR and the Venice Commission will be preparing jointly an opinion on the Draft Law on Political Parties of Ukraine, following a request for assistance by the Chairperson of the Committee on Legal Policy of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, addressed to the ODIHR on 30 December 2020.

The draft joint opinion will be submitted for adoption to the 126th plenary session of the Venice Commission.

Just out! - e-Bulletin on Constitutional Case-Law: issue 2/2020

19/01/2021
The Venice Commission is pleased to announce the publication of the issue 2/2020 of the e-Bulletin on Constitutional Case-Law, including a number of interesting cases relating to Covid-19.

The e-Bulletin reports three times a year on the case-law of constitutional courts and courts with equivalent jurisdiction, including case-law of the European Court of Human Rights, the Court of Justice of the European Union and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

The e-Bulletin is sent to liaison officers of these courts and to subscribers by e-mail three times a year, each mai... read more

Media Environment and Reform - 2nd meeting of the Council of Europe Committee of Experts (MSI-REF)

19/01/2021 - 20/01/2021
Council of Europe, Strasbourg – The Venice Commission participated in the 2nd meeting of the Council of Europe Committee of Experts on Media Environment and Reform. The elaboration of the Draft recommendation by the Committee of Ministers to member States on electoral communication and media coverage of election campaigns was one of the main points on the agenda of the meeting.

The representative of the Venice Commission contributed to the discussions by outlining the Commission’s “Principles for fundamental rights - compliant use of digital technologies in electoral processes”, a... read more

Republic of Moldova – request for amicus curiae opinion

11/01/2021
By letter dated 12 December 2020 the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Moldova requested an amicus curiae brief of the Venice Commission on three questions concerning constitutional review of the law-making procedures in Parliament.

The draft amicus curiae is planned to be submitted for adoption to the 126th Plenary Session in March 2021.

Request for opinion - GEORGIA

08/01/2021
On 24 December 2020 the Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia requested two opinions of the Venice Commission on the following legislative texts:

- the draft amendments to the Election Code, the Organic Law on the Political Association of Citizens and the Rules of Procedure of Parliament;
- draft Article 791 of the Electoral Code (revocation of party registration).

The draft opinions will be submitted for adoption by the March 2021 plenary session.

Request for opinion – PACE / Russia

08/01/2021
By letter dated 18 December 2020, the Legal Affairs and Human Rights Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe requested the Venice Commission to prepare an opinion concerning the Russian Federation on the compatibility with international human rights standards of a series of Bills introduced by the Russian State Duma between 10 and 23 November 2020, to amend Laws affecting so-called “foreign agents”.

The draft opinion is planned to be submitted for adoption to the 126th Plenary Session in March 2021.

Request for opinion – PACE / Belarus

08/01/2021
On 8 December 2020 the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights of the PACE requested the Venice Commission’s opinion on the compatibility with European standards of certain criminal law provisions used to prosecute peaceful demonstrators and Members of the Belarusian “Coordination Council”.

The draft opinion will be prepared for adoption by March 2021 plenary session.

European Parliament – Rule of Law situation in Bulgaria

08/01/2021
A representative of the Venice Commission took part in the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) exchange of views on the Rule of Law situation in Bulgaria.

The event was organised by the Democracy, Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights Monitoring Group (DRFMG) of the LIBE Committee.

United Nations – endorsement of the Venice Principles

07/01/2021
On 16 December 2020 United Nations General Assembly adopted the Resolution A/RES/75/186 on “The role of Ombudsman and mediator institutions in the promotion and protection of human rights, good governance and the rule of law”.

The resolution provides strong endorsement of the Principles developed by the Venice Commission on the Protection and Promotion of the Ombudsman Institution – “the Venice Principles”. It establishes these principles as the new global standard for the ombudsmen institutions.

The Venice Principles are the 25 principles that protect and promote the Om... read more

Obituary – Mr Alain LANCELOT, former substitute member of the Venice Commission in respect of France

07/01/2021
The Venice Commission is saddened by the death after a long illness of its former substitute member in respect of France Mr Alain LANCELOT.

He was a widely recognised expert in constitutional law at home and abroad and an extremely appreciated proponent of the Venice Commission, he sat on the Commission in the capacity of substitute member in respect of France from 2002 to 2006.

The Director of the Sciences-Po (1987-1996) Mr Alain LANCELOT was a member of the French Constitutional Council (1996-2001), a member of the Board of Directors (2002-2005) and the Chairman of th... read more

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