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Lisbon Forum 2006

28/11/2006 - 29/11/2006

Lisbon - The Venice Commission organises in cooperation with the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe the Lisbon Forum 2006 on "Constitutionalism - the Key to Democracy, Human Rights and the Rule of Law".

Constitutional democracy today is recognised, more and more, as a transnational norm. The Lisbon Forum 2006 will facilitate the debate on the character and the evolution of the constitutional and political systems of the North and South in a context of globalisation.
The Forum will devote the discussions to the guarantees for the respect of the constitution by the branches of government as well as civil society and the media (often referred to as the fourth power). The presentations by the panellists and the discussions should highlight how the powers interact, influence and control each other in order to further the global values of democracy, human rights and the rule of law, foundation of good governance.

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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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