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STF's Chief Justice participates in the Venice Commission

Thursday, October 10, 2013

The Chief Justice of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF), Joaquim Barbosa, participated this Friday (11) and Saturday (12), in Italy, of the 96th plenary session of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (better known as Venice Commission), Council of Europe’s advisory body on constitutional questions. Barbosa is full member of the Commission.


Among the agenda’s points of the 96th plenary session is the cooperation for the elaboration of the new Constitution of Tunisia, the country where the “Arab spring” movement began and resulted in President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’s fall. At the meeting, the proposal of the Sub-Commission on Fundamental Rights on the development of research on children's rights in Constitutions will also be discussed. The President of the Constitutional Court of Jordan, Taher Hikmar, will also participate in the event.

The Commission

The Venice Commission was created after the end of communism by the Council of Europe to support the new democracies of East Europe. Afterwards it expanded and has maintained cooperation with the Judiciary Powers of the whole world. Although the Venice Commission’s advisory opinion does not bind the member-states, it has great international repercussion and may create internal difficulties depending of its content.

Among the various activities, constitutional justice is one of the main areas of the Venice Commission’s activity. Thus, it also organizes the World Conference on Constitutional Justice which was held in Rio de Janeiro in 2010. The next Conference will be held at Seoul (South Korea) in 2013. The next plenary session of the Venice Commission, the last one in 2013, will be held December 6th and 7th on that Italian city.


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