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2017

March 10, 2017

PRESIDENT OF THE RA CONSTITUTIONAL COURT IN VENICE

On March 9, the meeting of the Enlarged Bureau of the European Commission “For Democracy through Law” of the Council of Europe (Venice Commission) was held. G. Harutyunyan, President of the RA Constitutional Court, member of the Bureau of the Venice Commission participated in the meeting. Issues related to the constitutional and legislative reforms in a number of countries were considered at the meeting of the Bureau.

On March 10, the Plenary Session of the Venice Commission opened, the agenda of which also included issues related to the legislative reforms of the Republic of Armenia, in particular, information was provided regarding the Constitutional Law of the Republic of Armenia “On the Human Rights Defender” and the Constitutional Law of the Republic of Armenia “On Parties”. The agenda of the Plenary Session also included the preparation of the conclusion on the draft Law of the Republic of Armenia “On the Constitutional Court”. Within the framework of the Plenary Session, Mr. Harutyunyan briefed members of the Commission on the progress of the drafting process of the Law of the Republic of Armenia “On the Constitutional Court”.

The issue of constitutional reforms in Kazakhstan was also included in the agenda of the Plenary Session of the Venice Commission. As co-rapporteur of the Commission, Mr. Harutyunyan delivered a report at the meeting.

The activities of the Venice Commission will continue on March 11. At the end of the Plenary Session, the Meeting of the Bureau of the World Conference on Constitutional Justice will be held, and G. Harutyunyan will participate in that Meeting. The agenda of the Bureau of the World Conference includes issues related to the convening and holding of the Congress of the World Conference on Constitutional Justice, to be held in September this year in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania.

The RA CC Press Service

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February 27, 2017

GUESTS AT THE CONSTITUTIONAL COURT

On February 27, G. Harutyunyan, President of the RA Constitutional Court hosted Ambassador Jan Petersen, Head of Election observation mission (OSCE/ODIHR) for upcoming Parliamentary elections in Armenia in 2017, and Kseniya Dashutina (Expert, OSCE/ODIHR).

The guests were interested in the peculiarities of judicial protection of electoral right by the Constitutional Court, based on the new requirements of the RA Electoral Code.

Mr. Harutyunyan presented the guests the peculiarities and legal basis of judicial protection of electoral right by the Constitutional Court envisaged by the Electoral Code, drew parallels between the norms of the Electoral Code and relative norms of the RA Law on the Constitutional Court, as well as answered the questions interesting the guests.

It was also noted that on these issues the Center of Constitutional Law of the Republic of Armenia, Central Electoral Commission of the Republic of Armenia, Armenian Office of the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) and Administrative Court of Appeal of the Republic of Armenia organize a seminar titled “New Electoral Code of the Republic of Armenia and peculiarities of judicial protection of electoral right”, and the members of this mission interested in legal issues may attend this event.

The RA CC Press Service

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February 6, 2017

RECEPTION AT THE CONSTITUTIONAL COURT

On February 6, Arpine Hovhannisyan RA Minister of Justice, Members of the Constitutional Court, Gevorg Danielyan,President of the Council of the Center of Constitutional Law, Hrayr Tovmasyan Head of the NA Staff, Academician Gagik Ghazinyan, Vardan Poghosyan, head of the legal project of the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ), Grigor Muradyan, Head of Legal Department of the Staff of the RA President, Karen Matevosyan, President of Administrative Court, lawyers and constitutionalists were present at the reception dedicated to 21st anniversary of establishment of the RA Constitutional Court.

G. Harutyunyan, President of the Constitutional Court greeted the participants, congratulated on 21st anniversary of establishment of the CC and introduced the recent achievements of the RA CC underlining some important and significant events.

Mr. Harutyunyan highlighted the event organized in the scopes of the joint project of the Council of Europe and the European Union, where the first volume of the guidebook “Legal positions expressed in the decisions of the RA Constitutional Court and their implementation” (compiled with the assistance of the CC members and edited by Gevorg Danielyan, Adviser of the CC) was presented. Publication of 942 page voluminous book was implemented by the financial assistance of the European Union and the Council of Europe within the framework of joint project “Strengthening the independence, professionalism and accountability of justice system in Armenia” of the European Union and the Council of Europe.

This book presents the legal positions expressed in the decisions of the Constitutional Court and the process of their implementation. The book is designed for judges, officials, specialists, theorists involved in legal studies, as well as for the public. The legal positions expressed in the book are presented in the grounds of development of our legal system. The second volume is in the process of publication, which would include certain queries expressed in the annual reports of the Constitutional Court, and the latter would play significant role for further development of legal system.

The RA Constitution in four languages (Armenian, Russian, German and English) published by the initiative of the legal project of the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ), as well as “Almanac” based on the materials of Pan-European International Conference held in Yerevan (which were successfully presented in Strasbourg recently) were also presented at the meeting. The Russian version of the issue of journal “Constitutional Justice” (which includes the main list of indicators of constitutional monitoring for the first time) was presented likewise.

This is important as the rest of the world now works in the way to develop such a system. In 2011 it was initiated by the UN, and in 2012 a system of indicators was developed. This publication actually suggests an open discussion by delivering the journal to more than 40 countries. A special working group has been formed in Armenia (at Yerevan State University) which deals with methodological issues and in nearest future, with the help of this method and indicators, assessment of constitutionality and constitutional culture for over 140 countries is planned.

It was also mentioned that the solemn ceremony of establishment of International Analytical Center “Constitutional Culture” foundation was held in Strasbourg. This newly created center has been already joined by 40 constitutionalists from 18 countries. During the reception the website of International Analytical Center “Constitutional Culture” foundation was introduced. It will contain an electronic journal, where materials of different authors will be published. The website was introduced by presenting images and video materials.

At the presentation the canvas of the painter Rudik Petrosyan “Birth of the Constitution” created on the basis of historical events (particularly, Ashtishat assembly) was introduced. It actually becomes one of the symbols of International Analytical Center “Constitutional Culture”.

The RA CC Press Service

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January 27, 2017

А BOOK WHICH DESERVED PAN-EUROPEAN ATTENTION

In October 2016 the International Pan-European Conference organized by the RA Constitutional Court and Venice Commission was held, and Thorbjorn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe and Guido Raimondi, President of the European Court of Human Rights greeted the Conference with video-addresses. Simultaneously, the presentation of the International Analytical Center “Constitutional Culture” foundation was held. Prior to that the presentation of the book “Constitutional Culture: Lessons of History and Modern Challenges” (in Armenian) of Gagik Harutyunyan, President of the RA Constitutional Court, Doctor of Law, Professor was held.

And now, the English version of the book was presented in Strasbourg.

On January 26, in the premises of the Council of Europe, the event dedicated to the issues of constitutional culture organized together with the International Analytical Center “Constitutional Culture”, the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) and permanent representation of the Republic of Armenia was held.

T. Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, G. Buquicchio, President of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe, A. Sajó, Vice-President of the European Court of Human Rights, judges of ECHR, members of diplomatic corps accredited to the Council of Europe, members of Armenian and foreign delegations and other officials were present at the event.

G. Harutyunyan, President of the RA Constitutional Court, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of International Analytical Center “Constitutional Culture”, member of the Bureau of the Venice Commission, Doctor of Law, Professor held an opening speech. He informed that in the framework of the 16-th anniversary of membership of Armenia to the Council of Europe, this event was dedicated to the foundation of International Analytical Center “Constitutional Culture” and publication of “Constitutional Culture: Lessons of History and Modern Challenges” monograph (in English), publication of the RA Constitution in four languages and almanac of the materials of Pan-European Conference held on October 20-23, 2016 in Yerevan.

In his address T. Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe emphasized the active participation of the Republic of Armenia in all initiatives of the Council of Europe. “We are devoted to the Armenia which is stable, prosperous and looking to the future,” said Mr. Jagland, “Our relations are bilateral, and I appreciate the strong commitment of Armenia to dialogue and cooperation ... We appreciate the honest and engaged way by which Armenia is approaching various proposals.”

The English monograph “Constitutional Culture: Lessons of History and Modern Challenges” was presented by Alvina Gyulumyan, member of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Armenia who emphasized the practical and scientific importance of the book in the establishment of constitutional culture in the member states of Council of Europe.

Vardan Poghosyan, head of the legal project of the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ), substitute member of the Venice Commission presented the recently published the 2015 edition of the amended Constitution in four languages.

The reception was followed.

The RA CC Press Service

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Opening speech by G. Harutyunyan, President of the RA Constitutional Court, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of International Analytical Center “Constitutional Culture”, member of the Bureau of the Venice Commission, Doctor of Law, Professor [mp4, 10.4 mb]

Address by T. Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe [mp4, 9.1 mb]

Speech by A. Gyulumyan, member of the RA Constitutional Court [mp4, 10.7 mb]

Speech by V. Poghosyan, head of the legal project of the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ), substitute member of the Venice Commission [mp4, 10.3 mb]

 

January 10, 2017

PAYING RESPECT TO AKBAR HASHEMI RAFSANJANI

On January 10, G. Harutyunyan, President of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Armenia visited the Embassy of Islamic Republic of Iran in Armenia to pay respect to the memory of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, former President of Iran.

G. Harutyunyan, who was the vice president the inter-governmental committee on development of Armenian-Iranian relations and had several official meetings with Mr. Rafsanjani, greatly appreciates his role in the formation and strengthening of the Armenian-Iranian relations.

Mr. Harutyunyan made the following note in the book of condolence of the Embassy:

"I express my deepest condolences on the occasion of the death of Mr. Rafsanjani, who was a wise state leader, and I was honoured to meet with him many times building cornerstones for the establishment and development of friendly relations between our countries”.

The RA CC Press Service

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