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President Omejec gave a speech at the closing ceremony of the "Freedom of Expression Law Clinic"


11 December 2014 - at the closing ceremony of the "Freedom of Expression Law Clinic" for academic year 2014/2015 held today at the Zagreb Law Faculty, Professor Jasna Omejec, President of the Croatian Constitutional Court, gave a speech entitled "Every day is Human Rights Day. On Human Rights we speak out!". In her lecture, dedicated also to the Human Rights Day (celebrated on 10 December) and to the signing of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, she also referred to the European Convention for Human Rights given that through this instrument the content of the Universal Declaration has become formally legaly binding for all European citizens. In the end, she evoked the organic links between the Declaration, European Convention and the Croatian Constitution and called on the students to build their legal awareness in accordance with the highest legal standards set forth in these documents.
Freedom of Expression Law Clinic is a project initiated by the University of Oxford, Media Legal Defence Initiative (London) and Garden Court Chambers (London). As a form of practical training, it enabled students of the Zagreb Law Faculty to get to know different mechanisms for protection of the right to freedom of expression, in particular those of the United Nations, by analysing cases related to violations of the freedom of expression of journalists who petitioned to the UN bodies.


H.E. Susan Cox, Ambassador of Australia to Croatia visited the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Croatia


28 October 2014 - Professor Jasna Omejec, President of the Croatian Constitutional Court, together with Dr Snježana Bagić, Deputy President, received today in a curtesy call H.E. Susan Cox, Ambassador of Australia to the Republic of Croatia. President Omejec informed Ambassador Cox, who gave her credentials in December 2012, about the functioning and organisation of the Croatian Constitutional Court and they also discussed particularities of the Australian legal system. Ambassador pointed out that not only Croatian judiciary fights with the large number of pending cases but also Australian courts struggle with the same problem. She also commented on the currently very hot issue of extradiction cases in her homeland country.


H.E. Ellen Berends, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Croatia visited the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Croatia


27 October 2014 - Professor Jasna Omejec, President of the Croatian Constitutional Court, received today H.E. Ellen Berends, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Republic of Croatia. President Omejec informed madam Ambassador about the organization and jurisdiction of the Croatian Constitutional Court. They also talked about differences between the two legal systems especially given that in the Netherlands the constitutional matters are dealt with by the Supreme Court of the Netherlands. Ambassador Berends presented her credentials in September 2014.


Participants of the Croatian-German-Czech-Polish Seminar on the Protection of Human Rights in Criminal Proceedings visited the Constitutional Court


24 October 2014 - within the Seminar on the protection of human rights in criminal proceedings, held from 22 to 26 October 2014 in Zagreb in the organisation of the Zagreb Law Faculty, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Law Faculty of the Passau University and Plzeň University, the participants visited the Constitutional Court today. Judge Slavica Banić, who received the students, informed them about the organisation and functioning of the Court and emphasised judgments of this Court related to the protection of the right to prohibition of torture and inhuman and degrading treatment of persons deprived of liberty and interpretation of the ne bis in idem principle in the Constitutional Court case-law. They also discussed the differences and similarities between the legal systems of Germany, Czech Republic, Poland and Croatia.


President Omejec Lecture on Environmental Protection from the Human Rights Perspective


23 October 2014 - Professor Dr Jasna Omejec, President of the Court, gave a lecture today at a Round table on the administrative law protection of environment organised by the State Administration, Judiciary and the Rule of Law Scientific Council of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts. In her address on environmental protection from the human rights perspective she presented fundamental postulates of the protection in the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights. She noted that this Court cherish a self-restraining approach in accepting the environmental dimension of the rights and limits the protection under the Convention only to cases where the very core of these rights has been violated by interventions in the environment. She also noted that the member states enjoy strong sovereignty in this sphere deeming that the ecological dimension will not enter the Convention any time soon. At the end she referred to the Croatian Constitution which in Article 69 provides the Constitutional Court with the firm grounds for its active approach not only in the sphere of the protection of environment but also the constitutional ground for imposing on the state different obligations for the protection of not only human health or human environment but also the nature as such.


Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Korea at the Croatian Constitutional Court


20 October 2014 - Hon. Yang Sug-tae, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Korea with associates paid a visit to the Constitutional Court where he was received by Professor Jasna Omejec, President, Dr Snježana Bagić, Vice-President and Dr Teodor Antić, Secretary General. Predsident Omejec introduced the Korean delegation in the functioning and organisation of our Court, which is to some extent similar to the Korean Constitutional Court. Chief Justice Yang complimented good relations established between the Constitutional Courts of the two countries regardless of factual distance between them. The Korean delegation visited Croatia upon the invitation of Mr Branko Hrvatin, President of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Croatia.


International Scientific Gathering on Legal Principles in Legal Theory and Judicial Adjudication


16 October 2014 - organised by the Sarajevo Foundation Public Law Centre and the Rijeka Faculty of Law, an International scientific gathering on legal principles in legal theory and judicial adjudication was held in Rijeka on 16 October 2014. The event gathered numerous theoreticians and practitioners who addressed the role and importance of legal principles in legal theory and jurisprudence of highest courts. In her lecture entitled The Constitutional Court as a bridge between two judicial approaches to interpretation (national and the Strasbourg), President Omejec warned of the deficit of interpretative potential of Croatian courts that mostly stems from the fact that Croatian courts still fail to accept the interpretative principles on which the modern European jurisprudence is grounded. She emphasised that this situation can be changed only if the judicial adjudication starts to be grounded on the interpretation of legal norms in line with the Constitutional values, for which the guidelines are provided by the Constitutional Court in accordance with the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights.


Official and working meeting of the judges of the Croatian and Slovenian Constitutional Courts


14 October 2014 - upon the invitation of Professor Dr Jasna Omejec, President of the Croatian Constitutional Court, the judges of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Slovenia, headed by President Mr Miroslav Mozetič, LL M came on a one-day working and official meeting held in Castle Lužnica, Zaprešić. At these traditional working meetings, which are continuously held since the two states have gained independence, the judges address different issues of common interest related to constitutional judiciary. This time the topics of the discussions were national minorities rights in the constitutional court case-law and application of conventional and constitutional standards in the protection of human dignity and prohibition of torture and inhuman treatment in relation to persons deprived of liberty.


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