4th Congress of the World Conference on Constitutional Justice

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<< In Vilnius, at the National Gallery of Art, the 4th Congress of the World Conference on Constitutional Justice (hereinafter referred to as the 4th Congress of the WCCJ) began on September 11. Its topic is “The Rule of Law and Constitutional Justice in the Modern World”. During the five sessions, the participants will discuss the diversity of the concepts of the rule of law in different countries, the role of constitutional courts in ensuring the rule of law, the protection of human constitutional rights, and the independence of constitutional courts.

The 4th Congress of the WCCJ is organised by the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Lithuania together with the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) and took place on 11–14 September. The goal of the 4th Congress of the WCCJ is to promote dialogue at the international level, which is beneficial to judges of constitutional justice institutions, and to strengthen constitutional justice as a key element for democracy, the protection of human rights, and the rule of law. More than 300 guests from 90 countries of the world and over 100 participants from Lithuania are taking part in this Congress. The participants of the 4th Congress of the WCCJ will discuss in the regional and linguistic groups the issues that are most important for them. The opening of the 4th Congress of the WCCJ, which will take place on Tuesday, 12 September, at 10.00 a.m., will be attended by President Dalia Grybauskaitė, Speaker of the Seimas Viktoras Pranckietis, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis, President of the European Court of Human Rights Guido Raimondi, President of the Venice Commission Gianni Buquicchio, and President of the General Court of the European Union Marc Jaeger. During the Tuesday sessions, the participants will discuss the diversity of the concepts of the rule of law and the new challenges to the rule of law. On Wednesday, 13 September, views will be exchanged on the relationship between law and the state, the protection of human constitutional rights, and the independence of constitutional courts. During each session of the 4th Congress of the WCCJ, introductory statements by key-note speakers will be made, prepared on the basis of the questionnaire completed by the participants before the Congress, and will followed by discussions. At the end of the 4th Congress of the WCCJ, on 13 September, it is planned to issue the Vilnius Communiqué. The WCCJ is an organisation uniting constitutional control institutions from all over the world. It unites 110 constitutional justice institutions from Europe, Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Australia. The Constitutional Court of the Republic of Lithuania has been a member of the Bureau of the WCCJ since the moment of the entry into force of the Statute of this organisation in 2011. Since 2009, the congresses of the WCCJ have been held every three years in a different continent. The first one took place in Cape Town (Republic of South Africa), and later they were held in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and Seoul (Republic of Korea). For more information on the 4th Congress of the WCCJ, which took place in Vilnius, see Link >>.