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Justice Gilmar Mendes participates in Plenary Session of Venice Comission

Friday, December 14, 2012

Justice Gilmar Mendes, from the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF), participates today (14) and tomorrow at the 93rd Plenary Session of the European Commission for Democracy through Law, known as the Venice Commission, which takes place in this Italian city. As a representative of the STF, he will present a summary of the main decisions of the Court in 2012, as the ADPF 54, on the termination of pregnancy of anencephalic fetuses, and Criminal Action 470.

The Venice Commission, composed of independent experts, was established in 1990 as an advisory body of the Council of Europe on constitutional matters, and has played key role in the adoption, by member countries of the Council, of constitutions compatible with the standards of European heritage in that area. It is currently composed of 58 countries, and Brazil integrates it since 2008.

Initially conceived as an emergency mission face to the new democracies of Eastern Europe after the end of communism, the Commission is now recognized as an independent  and qualified forum in legal matters. It also plays an important role in crisis management and conflict prevention through counseling on constitutional issues.

Among the topics under discussion at the 93rd Plenary Session are issues related to legislation on official language and parliamentary elections in Ukraine, the independence of the judiciary of Bosnia-Herzegovina and constitutional issues in countries such as Iceland, Montenegro and Romania.

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