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ARMENIA – follow-up to opinion on the electoral legislation - country visit

25/03/2024 - 26/03/2024
Yerevan – A delegation of the Venice Commission travelled to Armenia and had an exchange of views with state authorities and other stakeholders in order to follow up on the joint opinion of the Venice Commission and the OSCE/ODIHR on the draft amendments to the Electoral Code and related legislation of Armenia, which the Commission adopted in October 2023. The delegation met with representatives of the following institutions:

• the Ministry of Justice, including the Deputy Minister of Justice,
• the Central Election Commission (CEC),
• the Standing Committee on State and ... read more

21st Bureau Meeting of World Conference on Constitutional Justice convened in Venice

16/03/2024
Venice - The 21st Bureau meeting of the World Conference on Constitutional Justice (WCCJ) convened on 16 March 2024, in Venice, alongside the 138th plenary session of the Venice Commission.

The WCCJ Bureau consists of ten regional and linguistic groups of constitutional courts and courts of equivalent jurisdiction, four courts representing the continents of Africa, the Americas, Asia/Oceania and Europe, as well as the host courts of the previous and the next WCCJ Congresses (Article 4(b)(1) of the WCCJ Statute).

The members of the WCCJ Bureau held an exchange of views ... read more

Venice Commission adopts opinion on the rule of law requirements of amnesties with particular reference to the amnesty bill in Spain

16/03/2024
At its 138th Plenary Session, following an exchange of views with Mr Pedro Rollán Ojeda, President of the Senate of Spain, and with Ms Isaura Leal Fernández, Second Secretary of the Bureau of the Congress of Deputies, the Venice Commission adopted the Opinion on the rule of law requirements of amnesties, with particular reference to the parliamentary bill of Spain “on the organic law on amnesty for the institutional, political and social normalisation of Catalonia”.

Resolution of the Bureau of the World Conference on Constitutional Justice (WCCJ) adopted at its 21st meeting held on 16 March 2024 in Venice

16/03/2024
"Pursuant to Article 1(1) of the Revised Statute of the World Conference on Constitutional Justice,’ “The World Conference on Constitutional Justice ... promotes constitutional justice, as a key element of democracy, the protection of human rights and the rule of law”. Pursuant to Article 4(b)(7) of the Revised Statute, the Bureau of the Conference may, inter alia, adopt resolutions in accordance with the World Conference’s objectives listed in Article 1. The communiqué adopted at the 5th Congress of the World Conference on Constitutional Justice acknowledged the role of constitutional courts... read more

138th Plenary Session of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe

15/03/2024 - 16/03/2024
Venice, Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista - On 15 and 16 March 2024 the Venice Commission held its plenary session in Venice.

It had on its agenda in particular six draft opinions concerning: Bosnia and Herzegovina on certain questions relating to the functioning of the Constitutional Court; Bulgaria on the Code of Ethical Conduct for Judges and on the Code of Ethical Conduct for Prosecutors and Investigators; Hungary on the Act LXXXVIII of 2023 on the Protection of National Sovereignty; Lebanon on the draft law on the administrative judiciary; Spain on the rule of law r... read more

Rule of law in Poland

15/03/2024 - 16/03/2024
At its 138th Plenary Session, the Venice Commission held an exchange of views with Mr Adam Bodnar, Minister of Justice of Poland, about the restoration of the rule of law in Poland and the future cooperation with the Venice Commission. On the other hand, at the request of the Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the Venice Commission will prepare an opinion on the draft law amending the Act on the National Council of the Judiciary.

ROMANIA - Request for an opinion

11/03/2024
By letter of 11 March 2024, the President of the Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe requested that the Venice Commission examine the Emergency Ordinance regarding some measures for the organisation and conduct of the elections for members from Romania in the European Parliament in 2024 and the elections for local public administration authorities in 2024

The draft opinion will be submitted for adoption to the 140th plenary session of the Venice Commission (11-12 October 2024).

POLAND – Request for an opinion

07/03/2024
By letter of 7 March 2024, the President of the Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe requested that the Venice Commission examine the draft law amending the Law on the National Council of the Judiciary of Poland.

The draft opinion will be prepared jointly with the Directorate General of Human Rights and Rule of Law and will be submitted for adoption to the 139th plenary session of the Venice Commission (21-22 June 2024).

GEORGIA – Request for an opinion

07/03/2024
By letter of 7 March 2024, the President of the Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe requested that the Venice Commission examine the draft amendments to the Election Code and to the Rules of Procedure of the Parliament of Georgia.

The draft follow-up opinion of the Venice Commission to the Joint Opinion (CDL-AD(2023)047) will be submitted for adoption to the 139th plenary session of the Venice Commission (21-22 June 2024).


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Money and Democracy – an Uneasy Relationship

07 - 08/12/2023, Cologne, Germany  



International seminar

“Constitutions and war”  

14 - 15 September 2023
Madrid, Centre for Constitutional and Political Studies (CEPC)

 

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