Constitutional justice - co-operation with regional and linguistic groups
Since 1996, the Venice Commission has established co-operation with a number of regional or language based groups of constitutional courts, in particular the Conference of European Constitutional Courts, the Association of Constitutional Courts using the French Language, the Southern African Judges Commission, the Conference of Constitutional Control Organs of Countries of New Democracy, the Association of Asian Constitutional Courts and Equivalent Institutions, the Union of Arab Constitutional Courts and Councils, the Ibero-American Conference of Constitutional Justice and the Conference of Constitutional Jurisdictions of Africa. The purpose of this co-operation is to strengthen the courts members of the groups in their task of safeguarding the supremacy of their Constitution.
By virtue of cooperation agreements with the Venice Commission, courts members of these groups are able to contribute their case-law to the COCICES database and the groups are represented in the JCCJ. Membership in these groups as well as direct participation in the work of the JCCJ entitles the courts to become members of the World Conference on Constitutional Justice (see below). In this context, the Venice Commission also cooperates with apex courts in the Commonwealth / Common Law countries.