G. Harutyunyan received Jorge Colombier, Co-reporter of Monitoring Group of Parliamentary Assembly of European Council and delegation accompanied him.
The guest was basically interested in acceptance and examination procedures of application of citizens applying to the Constitutional Court in the upcoming presidential elections with regard to present situation of legislative sphere and received detailed, exhaustive information.
They both set hope, that the upcoming presidential elections will be held within the framework of legislature, which is an important stage for the state in a democratic transition.
G. Harutyunyan received Ambassador Sergey Kapinos, the new-appointed head of OSCE office in Armenia. Mr. Harutyunyan put the guest up to the Constitutional Court activity, the new RA Law “On Constitutional Court” adopted after the constitutional reforms. At guest’s request, G. Harutyunyan represented the procedure of examination of applications filed to the Court, brought examples from the cases heard and appropriate decisions. They both set hope, that the court such activity will noticeably diminish the number of applications filed from Armenia to the European Court of Human Rights.
G. Harutyunyan received Thomas Hammarberg, Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe and Alexander Gousel, Head of Commissioner’s office.
They both attached importance to the priority to solve issues on human rights protection and improvement of legislative sphere for having constitutional justice.
XII Yerevan International Conference on «International experience of the cooperation between constitutional courts and ombudsmen in the field of ensuring and protection of human rights" took place on October 5-6, 2007 to which President of European Court of Human Rights Jean-Paul Costa, Chairman of European Region of International Ombudsman Institute Peter Kostelka and delegates from 30 countries of the world participated.
Organizers of the Conference were:
Constitutional Court of the Republic of Armenia,
Human Rights Defender of the Republic of Armenia,
European Commission “For Democracy through Law” of the Council of Europe, International Organization “Conference of the Organs of Constitutional Control of the Countries of Young Democracy”.
The Conference was held by the support of OSCE, UNDP and Bureau of UNESCO in Moscow.
President of the Constitutional Court G. Harutyunyan, President of European Court of Human Rights Jean-Paul Costa, Secretary General of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe G. Buquicchio and Human Rights Defender of the Republic of Armenia A. Harutyunyan made opening speeches.
During two-days conference presidents, members of constitutional court and ombudsmen from Netherlands, Spain, Belgium, Poland, Russian Federation, Romania, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovenia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Armenia, Macedonia, Georgia, Slovak Republic, Belarus, Kyrgyz Republic, Sweden, Andorra, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Portugal, Estonia made reports on «International experience of the cooperation between constitutional courts and ombudsmen in the field of ensuring and protection of human rights"
The official languages of the Conference were Armenian, English, French and Russian.
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Jean-Paul Costa, President of the European Court of Human Rights visited the RA Constitutional Court and met with the members and the staff of the Court. Mr. Costa visited to the Republic of Armenia on invitation of Mr. G. Harutyunyan. Having represented the guest, Mr. Harutyunyan expressed his gratitude to Mr. Costa for accepting the invitation and participation in the XII Yerevan International Conference and attached importance to the long standing cooperation between RA Constitutional Court and European Court of Human Rights. Mr. Costa briefly represented European Court’s activity drawing attention to the efficiency of national court institutions’ work, as a result of which many issues concerning protection of human rights will find solutions in these institutions and a number of applications filled from given state will be diminished.
On October 5, Mr. Costa participated to the XII Yerevan International Conference on «International experience of the cooperation between constitutional courts and ombudsmen in the field of ensuring and protection of human rights" and made greeting speech.
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President of the Constitutional Court G. Harutyunyan abroad
Presidents of the Constitutional Courts of Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan were invited to Germany within the frameworks of “Justice and judicial reforms” program, which was took place on October 16-22.
Meetings, discussions on actual issues held in the Supreme Federal Court and Federal Constitutional Court of different towns of Germany (Judicial system of Germany is straggled all around of the state). They held quadrilateral discussion on constitutional courts activity, which gave a wide opportunity to get acquainted with the ways of acceptance of applications, court hearings and exchanging of experience.
President of the RA Constitutional Court Gagik. Harutyunyan suggested President Hans-Jurgen Papier together with the judges of the Federal Constitutional Court to pay visit to the Republic of Armenia. The invitation was accepted with great pleasure.
Meetings of the Presidents of the Constitutional Courts of these three Caucasus states were continued in Ministries of Justice, Economical Development and Cooperation, and in Bundestag (Berlin).
The delegation also visited the places of interests, historical-cultural centers and museums of Germany.
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RA Constitution’s Day
Every year RA Constitutional Court and Centre of Constitutional Law organize reception dedicated to the adoption of the RA Constitution. On October 4 the Constitutional Court invited high-ranking officials, Chairmen of Standing Commissions of the RA National Assembly, politicians and lawyers.
Professor G. Harutyunyan, President of the Council of Centre of Constitutional Law, Doctor of Law, first of all congratulated the guests on occasion of adoption of the RA Constitution and made brief report dedicated to 7 World Congress of International Association of Constitutional Law held on June 11-16 in Athens, where more than 500 participants from 70 countries participated. The main topic of discussion was re-thinking boundaries of constitutional law. Then G. Harutyunyan briefly touched upon those discussions, where principal commitments of constitutional developments in the world, their activity and particularities, new calls for constitutionalization of public relations have been discussed.
G. Harutyunyan, President of the RA Constitutional Court received delegation of AGO Group of Ministers’ Monitoring Committee of External Relations of the Council of Europe headed by Pier Syogren, Ambassador of Sweden in the Council of Europe. The guests were interested in issues concerning RA Constitutional Court activity after constitutional reforms, particularly in acceptance and examination procedures of individual applications, as well as in collaboration of the RA Constitutional Court with the European Commission “For Democracy through Law” of the Council of Europe (Venice Commission).
The VII World Congress of IACL was took place on June 11-15 in Athens, where more than 500 delegates from 70 countries participated. The basic topic was “Re-thinking boundaries of constitutional law”.
Mrs. Heike Renate Paych, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Germany in the Republic of Armenia took farewell visit to G. Harutyunyan, President of RA Constitutional Court.
During her 3 years officiating (since August 24), she visited to RA Constitutional Court for several times, held discussions with Mr. Harutyunyan on issues regarding constitutional reforms in Armenia, creation of Electoral Code, improvement of electoral system and constitutional justice. They both set hope that Armenian-German cooperation will be effectively developing in future.
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