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Participants of the International conference on the role of courts in the EU visited the Constitutional Court


26 June 2015 - Judge Dr Snježana Bagić, Deputy President of the Court received today a group of participants in the international conference entitled The critical legal studies perspective on the role of courts in the EU: transformation or re-constitution of Europe, to be held today and tomorrow at the Faculty of Law Zagreb. Judge Bagić introduced the guests in the workings and organisation of the Constitutional Court and its position in the Croatian legal system. Among other things, they also addressed issues of preliminary questions to the Court of Justice of the European Union and position of EU law in the hierarchy of legal norms in Croatia. In the group that visited the Court were also Judge Koen Lenaerts, Vice President of the Court of Justice of the EU, Dr Siniša Rodin, Judge of the Court of Justice of the EU and Mr Branko Hrvatin, President of the Supreme Court of Croatia.


103rd Plenary Session of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe


20 June 2015 - Professor Jasna Omejec, President of the Court and a member of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) from the Republic of Croatia participated in its 103 Plenary Session, held in Venice from 19 to 20 June 2015. In the framework of its regular activities related to the constitutional assistance, elections and referendum issues, the Commission adopted, among other documents, also the following opinions and reports: the opinion on Media Legislation of Hungary, the joint opinion by the Venice Commission and the OSCE/ODIHR on the amendments to the Constitution of Kyrgyzstan, the opinion on the Law on the People's Advocate of the Republic of Moldova; declaration on interference with judicial independence in Turkey, the report on restrictions on freedom of expression and freedom of association of judges, following a request by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights; the report on the method of nomination of candidates within political parties and the preliminary report on exclusion of offenders from Parliament. The Commission was also informed on the preparations for the meeting of the Conference of European Constitutional Courts to be held in Batumi, Georgia, in 2017 and held an exchange of views with representatives of the Committee of Ministers, of the Parliamentary Assembly and of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe. The next session is scheduled for December 2015.


President Omejec delivered a speech at the Forum on electoral systems held in Mexico City


12 June 2015 - related to elections for the House of Representatives of the General Congress of the United States of Mexico (Congreso General de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos), the Electoral Tribunal for the Federal Judiciary (Tribunal Electoral del Poder Judicial de la Federación) and the National Electoral Institute (Instituto Nacional Electoral) organised a Forum in Mexico City gathering numerous national and foreign electoral experts. Professor Jasna Omejec, President of the Croatian Constitutional Court, addressed Forum's participants also as a member of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe and spoke about the procedural aspect of the European electoral dispute resolutions mechanisms with the special reference on Croatian electoral system and the role of the Croatian Constitutional Court in electoral process. At the end she recalled that the electoral law in Europe has reached such a level of standardisation that we can talk about a European Electoral Heritage, the respect of which is ensured also in the Croatian electoral legislation.

Within her stay in Mexico, President Omejec, as an international observer, visited several polling stations throughout the city and attended proclamation of the electoral results in the National Electoral Institute.The Institutional Revolutionary Party (Partido Revolucionario Institucional, PRI) retained the majority in the Parliament winning between 246 and 263 lower house seats.


President Omejec spoke at the Third simulated session of the Croatian Parliament for secondary-school students


25 May 2015 - Professor Jasna Omejec, President of the Constitutional Court, addressed the participants of the Third simulated session of the Croatian Parliament for secondary-school students, where they deliberated and adopted amendments to the current Prevention of Disorder at Sports Competitions Act. Addressing them before the session, President Omejec warned young MPs that in their deliberations on the optimal legal framework for the prevention of disorders at sports competitions they have to take account of the requirements stemming from the Croatian Constitution, i.e. that the measures they are to adopt for the protection of rights and freedoms of others and the general interest of the community have to be efficient but also must not compromise development of sport as such or excessively restrict the rights and freedoms of other individuals who attend sports events in good faith. In the end, she recalled that every piece of legislation, hence the one to be passed at this session, is subject to the scrutiny of the Constitutional Court, who is competent to repeal every act if in breach of the Constitution and fundamental requirements of the democratic society.

The simulated session of the Croatian Parliament for secondary-school students is a joint project of the Citizens Service of the Croatian Parliament and the Education and Teacher Training Agency which is being carried out within the experimental implementation of the Curriculum for civil education.


President Omejec at the Law Faculty of the University of Mostar


14 May 2015 - within the 2015 Law Days and the XVIIth Matica Hrvatska Mostar Days - Mostar Spring 2015, Professor Dr Jasna Omejec, President of the Croatian Constitutional Court, has today addressed the students of the Law Faculty of the University of Mostar.
In her lecture on the role of constitutional judiciary in the processes of transition and Europeanization of Croatian law, she recalled a fundamental role of constitutional courts in the post-communist states, where the constitutional judiciary found itself in the middle of respective national and the European law. She pointed out to confusion in the legislative, and in general, regulative system of our country and to the troubled state of our judiciary chained in the textual or grammatical positivism, as well as to substantial lack of understanding of the Constitutional Court's role given that the Croatian society still fails to accept the fact that the constitutional judiciary supervises the legal frame of the state created by the political power. At the end she emphasised the need for general improvement of political culture and for learning and spreading the awareness of democratic values. She advised the students to build their legal awareness in accordance with European legal standards entailed in their Constitution and to continuously cherish the constitutional values.


Hungarian Ambassador in a curtesy call at the Constitutional Court


6 May 2015 - H.E. József Magyar, Ambassador of Hungary to Croatia visited today the Croatian Constitutional Court, where he was received by President Professor Dr Jasna Omejec and Dr Snježana Bagić, Vice-President of the Court. President Omejec informed the Ambassador about the activities of the Court and the role of constitutional judiciary in our country. She has also made reference to development of the Hungarian constitutional judiciary, which had already back in '90 developed a doctrine of invisible Constitution from the concept of human dignity and filled it with the content of liberal democracy. They all agreed that both societies share similar social evolution and deal with similar social issues like nuptial ones. Finally, they emphasised very good relations between the Constitutional Courts of two countries which had started in 1993.


Students of the Dutch Tilburg University at the Constitutional Court


8 April 2015 - within an educational program in which they acquire information on European legal systems, members of the Magister JFT association of law students of the Tilburg University 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 the particularities of the Croatian constitutional judiciary. They also talked about the application of the European Convention for Human Rights and discussed about the differences between the two legal systems.

The Tilburg University, situated in the south of the Netherlands, in the province of North Barbant, was established in 1927, and since then carries out educational programs in the social sciences, including economics, law, psychology, sociology and humanities.


H.E. Michéle Boccoz, Ambassador of France to Croatia visited the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Croatia


1 April 2015 - Professor Jasna Omejec, President of the Croatian Constitutional Court, together with Dr Teodor Antić, Secretary General, received today in a curtesy call H.E. Michéle Boccoz, Ambassador of the French Republic to the Republic of Croatia. President Omejec informed Ambassador Boccoz, who presented her credentials in January 2013, about the functioning and organisation of the Croatian Constitutional Court and they also discussed particularities of the French legal system, although the recent changes of the French Constitution brought the jurisdiction of the French Constitutional Council more closer to the continental-European legal circle, given that it acquired competence of the constitutional review of laws enacted by the Parliament. They also talked about the Croatian Constitutional Court jurisdiction over referendum. In that light President Omejec recalled the decisions of the Constitutional Court in which we have set the fundamental democratic standards for carrying out the referendum in Croatia. At the end they recalled the recent visit of the Vice-President of the French State Council, Mr. Sauvé, which they have both found very successful.


President Omejec at the Law Faculty of the University of Belgrade


25 March 2015 – with her lecture on the role of constitutional judiciary in the processes of transition and Europeanization of the Croatian law, Professor Dr Jasna Omejec, President of the Croatian Constitutional Court, addressed the students of the course Law and Justice at the University of Belgrade Law Faculty. In her lecture she recalled the fundamental role of constitutional courts in the post-communist states, where the constitutional judiciary found itself amidst national and European law. She pointed out to confusion in legislative, and in general, regulative system of our country and to the troubled state of our judiciary chained in the textual or grammatical positivism, as well as to the strong lack of understanding of the Constitutional Court's role given that the Croatian society still does not except the fact that the constitutional judiciary supervises the legal frame of the state created by the political power. At the end she emphasised the need for general improvement of political culture and for spreading the awareness of democratic values and constant learning. She called upon the students to build their legal awareness in accordance with European legal standards entailed in their Constitution and to continuously cherish constitutional values.


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