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Content updated: 22-03-2021 18:02

The President of the Constitutional Court, Dainius Žalimas, participated in the meeting of the Bureau of the WCCJ

22-03-2021

On 20 March 2021, the President of the Constitutional Court, Dainius Žalimas, took part in the remote meeting of the Bureau of the World Conference on Constitutional Justice (hereinafter referred to as the WCCJ).  The WCCJ is the organisation uniting institutions of constitutional review from all over the world. 117 constitutional justice institutions from all continents belong to this organisation. The Constitutional Court of the Republic of Lithuania has been a member of the Bureau of the WCCJ since the entry into force of the Statute of the WCCJ in 2011.

The Bureau of the WCCJ discussed, among other things, the proposal of the Constitutional Court of Indonesia to host the 5th Congress of the WCCJ in Bali, in October 2022. The members of the Bureau accepted this proposal. The topic of the forthcoming Congress – “Constitutional Justice and Peace” – has also been confirmed. Previously, at the meeting of the Bureau of the WCCJ held in Vilnius in 2017, it was decided that the 5th Congress of the WCCJ would be held in Algeria in 2020, but the Constitutional Court of this country has refused to host it.

The 4th Congress of the World Conference on Constitutional Justice under the topic “The Rule of Law and Constitutional Justice in the Modern World” was held in Vilnius, in September 2017, and it was organized by the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Lithuania in co-operation with the European Commission for Democracy through Law (the Venice Commission).

The objective of the congresses of the WCCJ is to promote dialogue at the international level, which is beneficial to judges of constitutional justice institutions, and to strengthen constitutional justice as a key element for democracy, the protection of human rights, and the rule of law.

Since 2009, the congresses of the WCCJ have been organized every three years and they take place on a different continent each time. The 1st Congress of the WCCJ took place in Cape Town (the Republic of South Africa) and it was followed by the congresses in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Seoul (Republic of Korea), and Vilnius.