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Chief Justice of the STF participates in the Plenary Session of the Venice Commission next Friday (12)


Thursday, 11 September 2014

After opening the trial session of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court's (STF) Plenary this Thursday (11), Chief Justice Ricardo Lewandowski passed the command of the work activities to the Court’s Vice-President, Justice Cármen Lúcia. The reason is that Chief Justice Lewandowski will travel, in the afternoon, to Venice (Italy), where he will participate on the 101st Plenary Session of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission), which will be held this Friday (12) and Saturday (13).

The Commission, created in 1990, is the organ of the Council of Europe with consultative competency on constitutional matters. It is composed by independent experts, nominated to four-year terms by the member-states. The Plenary Sessions are held to approve opinions and studies and to promote the exchange of information on constitutional developments. Besides representatives of European countries, the following also participated on the Commission: members of Courts and Constitutional Courts of countries of other regions, such as Brazil, which is a full member of the Commission.

The STF’s participation on the Venice Commission opens the way for the international promotion of the Brazilian constitutional case law through the publication of the Constitutional Case Law Bulletin, which offers to readers summaries of the most important decisions of the participating Courts, and, specially, through CODICES, which is a data-base that contains millions of summarized decisions, complete texts of the Constitutions and information on the operation of various Courts with constitutional competency around the world.

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