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Chief Justice Lewandowski elected President of the Sub-commission on Latin America of the Venice Commission


Saturday, 13 December 2014

This Saturday morning (13), the second day of the 101st Plenary Session of the Venice Commission, the Chief Justice of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF), Mr. Ricardo Lewandowski, was elected President of the Sub-commission on Latin America of the Venice Commission, for a term until December of 2015.

The members of the Commission also confirmed that the Advisory Office for International Affairs of the STF will serve as the Permanent Secretariat of the Sub-commission during the Presidency of Chief Justice Lewandowski. The main activity of the Sub-commission on Latin America of the Venice Commission will be to organize the next high-level meeting of the organ in Santiago de Chile, in November 2015. In 2014, the Sub-commission held a meeting in Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais.

In his statement during the event, Chief Justice Ricardo Lewandowski highlighted that the activities of the Sub-commission on Latin America of the Venice Commission will focus on inviting “new Courts and Tribunals in the region to follow more closely the events of our network of co-operation,” which is the Venice Commission.

Venice Commission

The Commission, created in 1990, is the consultative organ of the Council of Europe on constitutional matters. It is composed by independent experts, nominated to four years mandates by the member-states. The Plenary Sessions are held in order to approve opinions and studies and to promote the exchange of information on constitutional developments. Besides representatives of European countries, members of the Tribunals and Constitutional Courts of countries from other regions such as Brazil, full member of the Commission.

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

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