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3rd Congress of the World Conference on Constitutional Justice (WCCJ)

28/09/2014 - 01/10/2014

Seoul - The main purpose of the World Conference on Constitutional Justice, which unites 93 Constitutional Courts and Councils and Supreme Courts in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe, is is to facilitate judicial dialogue between constitutional judges on a global scale.

The 3rd Congress of the World Conference on Constitutional Justice will deal with the wider topic of “Constitutional Justice and Social Integration” in four sub-topics:
1. Challenges of social integration in a globalised world
2. International standards for social integration
3. Constitutional instruments enhancing/dealing with/for social integration
4. The role of constitutional justice in social integration.

The congress will examine how constitutional courts have dealt with social integration and – in its absence – with social conflict. The participating judges will be able to draw inspiration from the experience of their peers, whether from positive examples or from cases where the courts were unable to solve these issues.

The Congress will also make a stock-taking of the independence of constitutional courts and pursuant to a decision of the Bureau of the World Conference, this matter will be placed on the agenda of each Congress of the World Conference.

Finally, the World Conference will hold its General Assembly.

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