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Justice Cármen Lúcia attends Plenary Session of the Venice Commission

Justice Cármen Lúcia, of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF), will attend the 98th Plenary Session of the European Commission for Democracy through Law, also known as the Venice Commission, which will take place in Venice, from 21th to 22th of March. The meeting counts with the presence of experts that, indicated by the Supreme Courts of the European Council State-members and of some Supreme Courts of other countries, such as Brazil, will discuss the legitimacy and feasibility of adopting measures that imply the strengthening of democracy, mainly in countries that still need, for many reasons, support in juridical and political development.

The agenda of the 98th Plenary Session features topics such as consultative opinion on the situation in Ukraine, revision of the constitution of Romania, analysis on parliamentary immunities, research on constitutions’ children’s rights, among others. Justice Cármen Lúcia will still meet with the Commission’s Council on the organization of the II Meeting of the Sub-commission on Latin America of the Venice Commission to be held on the 5th and 6th of May at Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais.

Venice Commission

The Venice Commission is the Council of Europe’s advisory body on constitutional issues. Established in 1990 as an agreement among 18 members of the Council of Europe, the Commission in February 2002 became an enlarged agreement allowing non-European states to become full members. Nowadays it has 58 state-members, and Brazil is a full member since 2008.

Initially conceived as an emergency mission focused on the new democracies of Eastern Europe after the end of communism, the Commission today is renowned as an independent forum and qualified in legal matters. It plays, as well, an important role in managing crisis and preventing conflicts through counseling in constitutional matters.

The Venice Commission is composed of independent experts appointed for a four year term by the State-members and meets four times a year in Venice (Italy), in plenary session, to adopt its opinions and studies and to promote the exchange of information on constitutional developments.

The accession of Brazil has been boosted by the Supreme Federal Court (STF), with which the Commission came into contact in the framework of cooperation with the Ibero-American Conference of Constitutional Justice, of which the STF is a founding member. With this accession, Brazil became the 56th State-member of the Venice Commission.

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