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Chief Justice Lewandowski presides World Conference on Constitutional Justice in Venice

The President of the Federal Supreme Court, justice Ricardo Lewandowski, will take part in the 106th Plenary Session of the Venice Commission from march 11 to 14 and will preside at the 10th Meeting of the Bureau of the World Conference on Constitutional Justice. The two forums meet in Venice, Italy.

According to the statutes of the World Conference on Constitutional Justice, there is an annual rotating presidency of the Bureau between the participating linguistic and regional groups. In 2016, justice Lewandowski, as the representative of the Conference of Constitutional Jurisdictions of the Portuguese Speaking Countries, will chair the annual session.

Venice Commission

The European Commission for Democracy through law, known as the Venice Commission because of the city where it usually meets, is an advisory body to the European Union on constitutional issues. The Commission is composed of independent specialists appointed by the Member States, who meet four times a year in Venice in plenary to adopt opinions and promote the exchange of information on constitutional developments.

Brazil joined the Commission in 2008. Since then, Justices Gilmar Mendes, Cezar Peluso, Ayres Britto, Carmen Lúcia, Joaquim Barbosa and Ricardo Lewandowski have participated in the Plenary Sessions.

World Conference on Constitutional Justice

The World Conference on Constitutional Justice reunites the constitutional courts of 71 countries in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe. Its purpose is to promote constitutional justice as a key element for democracy, for the protection of human rights and the democratic rule of law, facilitating dialogue on a global scale among constitutional judges - who, due to the constraints inherent in their functions, have few opportunities for engaging in constructive dialogues on constitutional principles in their countries.

Constitutional Jurisdictions of the Portuguese Speaking Countries

The Constitutional Jurisdictions of the Portuguese Speaking Countries brings together the Constitutional Courts of Angola and Portugal, the Supreme Federal Court of Brazil, the Supreme Courts of Justice of Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau and Sao Tome and Principe, the Constitutional Council of Mozambique and the Court of Appeal of Timor-Leste.

The Conference was formalized in 2008 in Brasilia by the presidents of the respective bodies - among them Justice Gilmar Mendes, then president of the STF. In 2010, Cezar Peluso signed the statutes, which define the Constitutional Jurisdictions of the Portuguese Speaking Countries as an organization for judicial, jurisprudential and scientific cooperation with the aim of promoting human rights, defending democracy and judicial independence and deepening a constitutional culture common to countries that speak portuguese.



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