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Brazil will host the next meeting of the Sub-commission on Latin America of the Venice Commission

Friday, October 25, 2013

Justice Cármen Lúcia Atunes Rocha, from the Supreme Federal Court (STF), attended the meeting of the Sub-commission on Latin America of the Venice Commission, which occurred last Thursday (24) at Mexico City. In the occasion, Brazil was unanimously elected to host the next meeting which is scheduled to take place on the first semester of 2014 and of an international event parallel to that meeting on a theme to be chosen by the Sub-commission.

Justice Cármen Lúcia represented the Court as a substitute member of the Venice Commission. Since April, both the President of the STF, Chief Justice Joaquim Barbosa, and her joined the panel of independent experts of the commission which is the Council of Europe’s advisory body on constitutional matters. Created in 2011, the Sub-commission on Latin America aims to develop cooperation projects between the Venice Commission and the Latin-American Continent.

Seminar and Congress

Due to the Venice Commission invitation, justice Cármen Lúcia participates in events related to the discussion of the implementation of international treaties on human rights. At the same time, she participated in the VI International Seminar of the Electoral Judicial Observatory which gathered scholars and experts to debate the Electoral Justice’s work from an interdisciplinary legal analysis of comparative law on the 21st and 22nd of October.

On Tuesday (22), justice Cármen Lúcia participated on one of the seminary panels which dealt with the electronic vote. The other panels dealt with the right to have information on electoral matters, indigenous communities’ political rights, the right to political rehabilitation and secularity in electoral matters, among others.

Justice Cármen still participates in the International Conference on Electoral Justice: Implementation and Application of the International Treaties on Human Rights which is also taking place in Mexico City, between the 23rd and 25th of October. At this event, the goal is to analyze the application of these treaties on Electoral Justice and the protection of political-electoral rights, understand the challenges faced by those involved on the subject and strengthen democracy in Mexico, Europe and other regions. Justice Cármen took part on the round table that discussed women’s political rights, the application of international treaties and the trial with gender perspective in this Thursday’s afternoon.

Justice Cármen Lúcia is the current President of the Superior Electoral Court (TSE), which is composed by seven justices of which three are from the STF.


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