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

15.10.2021 - 16.10.2021
Venice, Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista /online - Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 128th Plenary Session was held in a hybrid form, in Venice and online.

The Venice Commission:

- Adopted the amicus curiae Brief for the Constitutional Court of Albania on the competence of the Constitutional Court regarding the validity of the local elections held in Albania on 30 June 2019;

- Held an exchange of views with Mr Arman Tatoyan, Ombudsman of Armenia, and Mr Vache Khalashyan, Acting Head of the Civil Service Office in the Prime Minister’s Office (online... read more

72nd meeting of the Council for Democratic Elections

14.10.2021
Venice, Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista

Conference of Constitutional Jurisdictions of Africa

14.10.2021 - 15.10.2021
Maputo/online - The Venice Commission participate the International Symposium on the “Transparency of Elections in Africa” organised by the Conference of Constitutional Jurisdictions of Africa and the Constitutional Council of Mozambique.

13th UniDem Med seminar – Public Administration facing the COVID 19 pandemic: Modernisation and digital innovations - Videoconference

05.10.2021 - 06.10.2021
The Venice Commission organised the 13th UniDem Med Seminar entitled "Public Administration facing the COVID 19 Pandemic: Modernisation and digital innovations", in co-operation with the General Personnel Council of Palestine*. This seminar took place in an hybrid format on 5-6 October 2021.

More than 150 international experts and senior public officials from the Southern Mediterranean (Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia) participated online in the event, in addition to 70 face-to-face participants in Palestine*.

Based on presentations by European and regional ... read more

“Uzbekistan : five years of reforms” - high level conference

05.10.2021
Tashkent - The Venice Commission took part in the International conference “UZBEKISTAN: FIVE YEARS OF REFORMS” organised on 5 October 2021 in Tashkent as a hybrid event. The conference focused on the reforms carried out by the Republic of Uzbekistan since the adoption of the Strategy of Actions 2017-2021.

The Vice President of the Venice Commission, Mr Philip Dimitrov, intervened in the first session of the conference entitled “Improving the state of society construction, scope of reforms to ensure the rule of law”.

The participation of the Venice Commission in this eve... read more

WCCJ - Supreme Court of Sweden becomes 118th member

04.10.2021
The Supreme Court of Sweden joined the World Conference on Constitutional Justice, which now has 118 members.

"The rule of law in the face of crises" - debate

04.10.2021
Tonight, the debates moderated by Patrick Cohen "The rule of law in the face of crises" took place at the French Constitutional Council. The event brought together French and international personalities:

• Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, 2020 Sakharov Human Rights Prize;
• Dr. Denis Mukwege, 2018 Nobel Peace Prize;
• Didier Reynders, European Commissioner for Justice;
• Cynthia Fleury, philosopher and psychoanalyst;
• Denis Podalydès, Member of the Comédie-Française accompanied by Sébastien Boudria, musician and composer.

The President of the Venice Commissio... read more

PACE – Request for opinion - HUNGARY

01.10.2021
By letter dated 15 September 2021, the Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe decided to request an opinion of the Venice Commission on the compatibility with international human rights standards of Act LXXIX of 2021 enacted by the Hungarian Parliament on 15 June 2021, in particular where it amends the following Acts: Act XXXI of 1997, Act XLVIII of 2008, Act CLXXXV of 2010, Act CCXI of 2011 and Act CXC of 2011, and notably as concerns its impact on the freedom to receive and impart information on subjects dealing with sexual orien... read more

CYPRUS – Request for opinion

29.09.2021
By letter dated 22 September 2021, the Minister of Justice and Public Order of Cyprus, Ms Stephie Dracos, requested an opinion of the Venice Commission on the procedure of the appointments of the members of the judiciary in Cyprus.

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