G. Harutyunyan, President of the RA Constitutional Court, received Guy De Vel, Director General of Legal Affaires, Mrs. Bojana Urumova, Special representative of the Secretary of the Council of Europe: they were accompanied by Mrs. Narine Nikolyan, Head of the European Department of the RA Ministry of Foreign Affaires.
Gaining of Experience before the Elections
On October 5
the 11th Yerevan International Conference titled “Role of Constitutional Courts towards Ensuring Democratic Elections” took place. The topic was an actual one, because the Republic of Armenia was on the threshold of presidential and parliamentary elections and the international experience in this field was very important.
The President of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Armenia G. Harutyunyan received Gael Martin-Micallef, Specialist of Division on Elections and Referendums of the Venice Commission. They spoke of cooperation between the RA Constitutional Court and Venice Commission, particularly with regard to organization and holding of International Conference.
The President of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Armenia G. Harutyunyan received Sonya Smith, Head of Aba mission in the Republic of Armenia. During the meeting they discussed a situation of the RA Constitutional Court raised after adoption of the Law on Constitutional Court (with regard to the enlargement of subject eligible to apply to the Court) and as co-organizers they also discussed the issues regarding organization of the traditional 11th Yerevan International Conference. Once again, taking the opportunity, Sonya Smith expressed her gratitude for having chance to participate and make an opening speech during the 11th Yerevan International Conference.
The President of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Armenia G. Harutyunyan received Susan Rutledge, Regional Corporate Governance Coordinator of Europe and Central Asia Region: she was accompanied by Karen Grigoryan, Coordinator of Regional Government in Armenia. Susan Rutledge presented the picture of Economic development in Armenia, getting from her own studies result, which in her opinion, is unsatisfactory.
The Constitutional Court of the Republic of Armenia celebrated the 11 years of adoption of Constitution of the Republic of Armenia.
In the Embassy of the Republic of Armenia in the Russian Federation, it took place a presentation of co-authorised written book ”Constitutional basic notions in encyclopaedic dictionary” of G. Harutyunyan and M. Baglay, which had been published by “Norma” Moscow publishing-house.
Constitutional Court member V. Hovhannisyan was awarded with “Symbol of Constitutional Justice” medal for his faultless work in the position of Vice-President of the RA Constitutional Court. According to the new the RA Law on Constitutional Court, the Vice-President’s position is abolished.
The RA Constitutional Court organised a presentation dedicated to the 10 years of Constitutional Court formation.
On February 6, 1996, the RA Constitutional Court was formed. It was the first unprecedented institution in Armenian reality, which was called to guarantee the constitutional justice and affirm the supremacy of law.
Opinions on the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Armenia
Luzius Wildhaber, President of the European Court of Human Rights:
Rene van der Linden, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe:
Egidijus Kuris, President of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Lithuania:
Hans Gameltoft-Hansen, Parliamentary Ombudsman of the Kingdom of Denmark:
Gianni Buquicchio, Secretary of the European Commission “For Democracy through Law” of the Council of Europe (Venice Commission):
Gagik Harutyunyan, President of the Constitutional Court:
Formation process of the RA Constitutional Court
A special compact disk has been prepared by the Constitutional Court, where the Constitutions of 150 countries and their comparative analysis are included. The International Association of Constitutional Law recognised it as an important program and placed it on the Internet site of the International Association. This unique program package translated into Russian and English is a concise material for constitutionalists and constitutional courts.
The RA Constitutional Court has elaborated a complex program of comparative analysis of the international official documents, where 1500 documents adopted by United Nations and all international European institutions are included (in Russian and English).
55 monographs and 191 scientific articles have been published by the Constitutional Court members and the staff members, 48 reports have been made during International Conferences, and 17 International Conferences have been invited (with participation of around 155 members of constitutional courts of different countries and 52 international experts).
During past 10 years the Constitutional Court has filed around 2500 various applications, adopted 754 Procedural decisions and heard 617 cases on constitutionality.
Constantly, the Constitution Court organized Republican Olympiads “Constitution and Law”, where more than 20.000 pupils and students participated. 3 collections of the best pupils’ works dedicated to the human rights protection have been published, Council of Young Researchers has been established in the RA Centre of Constitutional Law and library with the rich and newer literature has been established in the RA Constitutional Court.
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