- Democracy — Human rights remedies — Responsibility of international organizations — Rule of law
This chapter deals with the Venice Commission as an instrument for constitutional standard setting and the strengthening of new democracies. The Venice Commission is the Council of Europe’s (CoE’s) advisory body on constitutional matters. Its role is to provide legal advice to its Member States, to other CoE bodies and international organisations, and, in particular, to help States wishing to bring their legal and institutional structures in line with European standards and international experience in the fields of democracy, human rights, and the rule of law. The chapter first offers some general information on the origin, composition, and working methods of the Commission. It then exemplifies the Commission’s major fields of activities. Finally, the impact of the Venice Commission’s work is discussed.
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