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Students of the Summer School on the Essentials of European Union Law visited the Constitutional Court

5 September 2014 - Within the Summer School on the Essentials of European Union Law students of this international course visited the Croatian Constitutional Court. Judge Dr Snježana Bagić, Deputy president, who received the students, introduced them in the workings, organisation and jurisdiction of the Croatian Constitutional Court as well as in implementation of the European law in the national system. Her focus went in particular to the implementation of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights given that the Constitutional Court has very rich and longstanding practice to that regard.

This summer program is offered by the South-East European Law Schools Network and the Saarland University and is held at the Zagreb and Rijeka Faculties of Law.

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.