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. The review is aimed at covering the 127th plenary session of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) held on July 2-3, 2021 in the so-called hybrid format. The format of the meeting assumed both the personal presence of a number of participants and online participation.
Within the framework of the considered VC session, its members and experts discussed and adopted opinions on the legislation of Armenia, Georgia, Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Russian Federation, Hungary, Turkey, Romania, Malta, Montenegro.
The topics of inquiries for preparing the VC opinions were related to the implementation of constitutional reforms, electoral legislation, criminal legislation, reforming the prosecutor’s office, protecting human rights, preventing conflicts of interest, the functioning of non-governmental organizations and other issues.
In general, the session discussed the most important and very sensitive issues for the legislation and law enforcement practice of states, including an analysis of amendments to the Hungarian Constitution, modernization of the Armenian electoral legislation, reform of the courts in Georgia, issues of compatibility with international human rights standards of Turkish legislation, legislation on foreign agents of the Russian Federation.
Based on the results of the opinions adopted at the 127th plenary session, the Venice Commission made noteworthy conclusions, as well as formulated proposals and recommendations. At the same time, with regard to the Russian Federation, a number of VC opinions can be considered highly controversial.
Keywords: Venice Commission, plenary session, legislation, constitution, conclusion, human rights, non-governmental organizations, the prosecutor’s office, judicial system, electoral legislation
For citation. Kashirkina A. A. Review of the 127th Plenary Session of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) (2—3 July 2021). Journal of Foreign Legislation and Comparative Law, 2021, vol. 17, no. 5, pp. 117—124. (In Russ.) DOI: 10.12737/jflcl.2021.058