Anna A. Kashirkina
Institute of Legislation and Comparative Law under the Government of the Russian Federation, Moscow, Russia, firstname.lastname@example.org, https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4269-8262
Abstract. On March 19—20, 2021, the 126th plenary session of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) was held online. During the session of the Venice Commission, its members and experts discussed and adopted opinions on the legislation of Spain, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Russia, Montenegro, Moldova, and Armenia.
The subject matter of the requests under consideration, on which the VC opinions were prepared, was related to the implementation of constitutional reforms, electoral legislation, the legal regulation of the activities of political parties, the reform of the prosecutor’s office, the protection of human rights, the functioning of constitutional control bodies in states and other issues. In addition to the conclusions on specific states, the Venice Commission adopted a number of important documents of a comprehensive nature, namely, the PACE Recommendations on the Rights and Obligations of Non-Governmental Organizations that Assist Refugees and Migrants in Europe, as well as a Compilation of the conclusions and reports of the Venice Commission on legislative procedures and the quality of laws. Important trends in the opinions were the assessment of constitutional reforms and related processes, including the improvement of electoral legislation, the legal regulation of the activities of constitutional control bodies, the functioning of national systems for the protection of human rights, that is, acute problems for the state, on which the Venice Commission made noteworthy conclusions, made proposals and recommendations.
Keywords: European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission), legislation, constitution, elections, political parties, human rights
For citation. Kashirkina A. A. Review of the 126th Plenary Session of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) (19—20 March 2020). Journal of Foreign Legislation and Comparative Law, 2021, vol. 17, no. 3, pp. 142—150. (In Russ.) DOI: 10.12737/jflcl.2021.035