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Justice Cármen Lúcia attends the 95th Plenary Session of the Venice Commission


Thursday, June 13, 2013

Justice Cármen Lúcia, of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF), will participate, from Wednesday (13) until Saturday (15), of the 95th Plenary Session of the European Commission for Democracy through Law, better known as the Venice Commission.

The Associate Justice and the STF’s Chief Justice Joaquim Barbosa, took office, since April, as members of the commission’s panel of independent experts. Chief Justice Barbosa is now the effective member of the Venice Commission as Justice Cármen Lúcia took office as substitute member. Prior to them, Justice Gilmar Mendes and Justice Cezar Peluso had been chosen to act before the Comission. The term of office has the duration of four years.

After the admission of the United States of America, the Venice Commission currently has 59 members, besides associated and observing members. Its main goal is the research and discussion of matters related to the development of the constitutional justice.

As a member of the commission, Justice Cármen Lúcia is going to attend, initially, the 45th Meeting of the Council for Democratic Elections, which takes place on Thursday (13). On Friday (14) and Saturday, she will participate of the Plenary Session and, still on Saturday, will deliver a speech in the session about cooperation for Latin America.

Also on the last day, the Associate Justice will attend the 7th Bureau’s Meeting of the World Conference on Constitutional Justice, which will be held on 2014 in Seoul, South Korea. The meeting takes place regularly, and its past editions were held in Cape Town, South Africa (2009), and in Rio de Janeiro (2011).

Italian Constitutional Court

This Monday (17), Justice Cármen Lúcia made an institutional visit to Italy’s Constitutional Court, where she presented the Brazilian system in comparison to the Italian. The lecture presented the common points of both constitutional justice models, especially in relation to the necessity of pursuing the effectiveness of the fundamental principles.

Justice Sabino Cassese presented the problems of the Constitutional Court of Italy, specifically in light of the  wellfare state challenges and the European economic crisis. The current circumstances, as he highlighted, do not allow the conditions’ maintenance in health and social security areas as have been seen until now, but there is also no way to recede on the rights acquired.

According to the italian Justice, Europe undergoes through some specific problems such as the social security trouble. Besides the immigrants issue, there is still the demographic situation in Italy, in which the number of the social security beneficiaries are much greater than those that could pay for the system.

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