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Azerbaijan – international conference on the ECHR

23/10/2014 - 24/10/2014

Baku - The Venice Commission participated in an international conference of the Chief Justices of the member States of the Council of Europe on the “Application of the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms on national level and the role of national judges”. The Venice Commission was represented by its Vice-President Ms Herdis Thorgeirsdottir.

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During the current Covid-19 pandemic, national governments are taking exceptional measures to slow down the spread of the virus. On numerous occasions, the Venice Commission examined the limits of such emergency powers. The Commission has consistently underlined that State security and public safety can only be effectively guaranteed in a democracy which fully respects the rule of law. Even in genuine cases of emergency situations, the rule of law must prevail.


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