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Conference on constitutional complaints held in Strasbourg

9 July 2014 - At an international Conference on the best practices of individual complaint of the Constitutional Courts in Europe, held on 7 July 2014 in the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, President Omejec delivered an introductory lecture on "How to make a constitutional complaint an effective legal remedy". The participants, presidents and judges of European Constitutional Courts, discussed their increasing role in the prevention of violations of the European Convention on Human Rights and explored different approaches to individual complaint mechanisms in the member states. In her lecture President Omejec gave notice of practical problems related to the constitutional complaint proceedings, and together with Judges Dr Snježana Bagić, Deputy-president, and Slavica Banić, replied to questions on the substantial practice of the Croatian Constitutional Court in that regard. The participants were particularly interested to hear about our mechanism for filtering constitutional complaints and the system for the preliminary review of the merits that enables the efficient handling of this type of cases.

The conference was opened by Thorbjorn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Dean Spielmann, President of the European Court of Human Rights and Haşim Kiliç, President of the Constitutional Court of Turkey.

President Omejec received Professor Marc Gjidara

1 July 2014 - Professor Dr Jasna Omejec, President of the Court, received today Dr Marc Gjidara, Professor Emeritus at the University Panthéon Assas – Paris II. Together with Dr Snježana Bagić, Vice president, they talked about the work of the Croatian Constitutional Court and the forthcoming Croatian - French Administrative Days that are traditionally held in Split for almost eight years. At the end President Omejec thanked this esteemed legal expert for all the support he has relentlessly provided to the Republic of Croatia.

President of the Court of Justice of the EU, Professor Vassilios Skouris, at the Constitutional Court

20 June 2014 - President of the Croatian Constitutional Court, Professor Dr Jasna Omejec, together with Dr Snježana Bagić, Vice-president and Ms Slavica Banić, Judge, received the President of the Court of Justice of the European Union, Professor Vassilios Skouris, who visited Croatia upon the invitation of the Speaker of the Croatian Parliament. President Skouris was acompanied by Professor Dr Sinša Rodin, Judge of that Court from Croatia and Mr Peđa Grbin, President of the Committee for the Constitution, Standing Orders and Political System of the Croatian Parliament.

In her introductory remarks President Omejec presented the workings and jurisdiction of the Croatian Constitutional Court. She pointed out that we keep track of the jurisprudence of the EU Court of Justice, especially in cases of mutual interest, like the judgment Križan and Others (2013), in which the Court clarified both the exent of discretion of national courts to make a reference to the Court for a preliminary ruling and the concept of the last instance court. The Croatian Court has not been in a position so far to decide on the need to make such a reference.

The talks were also held on the EU's accession to the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. Namely, the European Commission has asked the Court to give its opinion on the draft agreement on the accession and President Skouris expect for this task to be completed by the end of this year. At the end, President Skouris forwarded an open call for our judges to visit the Court in Louxembourg.

President Omejec gave an introductory speech at "Law and Media" expert gathering

17 June 2014 - at the "Law and Media" expert meeting of the Croatian Law Centre Professor Dr Jasna Omejec, President of the Court, gave opening remarks dedicated to the 20th anniversary of this Centre. She spoke about the work of the Croatian Law Centre in the past twenty years and pointed out that the quality of its work places it amongst the most influential non-governmental organisations at the continental level. Moreover, this Centre succeeded to create a program for Croatia as it has been envisaged in our Constitution, the country which expresses the moral commitment to the objective principles of liberal democracy.

UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disapearances visited the Constitutional Court

16 June 2014 - Members of the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disapearances, Mr. Ariel Dulitzky, President (Argentina), Mr. Ossman El-Hajje, Vice president (Lebanon) and two members of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights visited the Constitutional Court today, where they were received by Dr Snježana Bagić, Vice-president and Judges Slavica Banić, Dr Miroslav Šeparović and Antun Palarić.

The Working Group was established by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in 1980 to assist families in determining the fate and whereabouts of disappeared relatives. It endeavours to establish a channel of communication between the families and the Governments concerned, to ensure that individual cases are investigated, with the objective of clarifying the whereabouts of persons who, having disappeared, are placed outside the protection of the law. It also provides assistance in the implementation by States of the UN Declaration on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.

The talks were held about relations between the Croatian Constitutional Court and the European Court of Human Rights (EtCHR), where it was emphasised that in its work our Court regularly applies the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and the case-law of the EtCHR. On the principle level addressed were also trials in absentia and statute of limitations of war crimes and crimes against humanity. The working group praised Croatia's endeavours in finding mass grave sites and thanked for the fruitful cooperation.

Judge Jingsung Lee of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Korea at the Croatian Constitutional Court

10 June 2014 - Mr. Jingsung Lee, Judge of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Korea with associates paid a visit to the Constitutional Court where he was received by Judge Dr Snježana Bagić, Deputy-president, Judge Dr Miroslav Šeparović and Secretary General Dr Teodor Antić. During the meeting the judges addressed several constitutional issues, in particular those related to the institute of constitutional complaint which also exists in the Republic of Korea. They also spoke about a forthcoming 3rd World Conference of Constitutional Justice, which the Korean Constitutional Court is hosting in September in Seoul. In the end Judge Lee forwarded regards of the President of the Korean Constitutional Court Mr Park Han-Chul.