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Justice Gilmar Mendes joins Council at the Venice Commission

Sunday, December 18th, 2001.


Justice Gilmar Mendes was elected to make part at the Council of the Venice Commission, organ created by the European Council in order to spread democracy through Law. The decision, adopted by acclamation by the Commission members, was the main result of the 89th meeting at the institution’s plenary, that was closed this Saturday (12/17) in Venice. The Italian Gianni Buquicchio was re-elected president of the Commission. The Council, composed of eight members, will have a two-year mandate. Minister Gilmar Mendes is the first Latin-American to integrate this Council, which gathers 58 countries of all continents.


The Sub-Commission for Latin America, created last July by the Venice Commission with the support of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF), met on the sidelines of the plenary session. During the Sub-Commission meeting, the Brazilian delegation presented the newly released Mercojur, a monthly report intended to publicize the Mercosur Constitutional Courts decisions. This initiative made by the STF was praised by the other participants.


The Venice Commission heard reports of the latest political development in Egypt, Tunisia, and Morocco. Besides, it also discussed, by request of the interested parties, bills submitted by Ukraine, Armenia, Albania, Serbia, Montenegro, Georgia, amongst others.


The Commission yet announced a seminar on the topic Rule of Law in March, in London, supported by the British government. The event shall include the participation of about 70 researchers from all around the world. 

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