The World Conference on Constitutional Justice
The Constitutional Court of Georgia has been a full member of the World Conference since 2011.
The World Conference on Constitutional Justice unites 121 Constitutional Courts and Councils and Supreme Courts in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia/Oceania and Europe. It promotes constitutional justice – understood as constitutional review including human rights case-law – as a key element for democracy, the protection of human rights and the rule of law (Article 1.1 of the Statute).
The Constitutional Court of Georgia became a full member of the Conference of the Constitutional Courts in 2000 in Brussels. The chairmanship of the Conference of European Constitutional Courts, rotating every three years, can only be held by a court that is a full member of the Conference. From 2014 to 2017, the Constitutional Court of Georgia chaired the Conference of European Constitutional Courts.
The Circle of Presidents of CECC member courts held in Batumi in September 9-12, 2015 aimed at reviewing current activity of the CECC, as well as defining the theme of the forthcoming Congress and settlement of other organisational issues. Batumi was visited by the presidents and high-level delegates of the Constitutional Courts of 41 European Countries and other relevant institutions, among them the representatives of the European Court of Human Rights, European Court of Justice, the International Court of Justice, regional international courts and groups.
The XVII Congress was held on 28 June - 1 July 2017, in Batumi.
The Association of Constitutional Justice of the Countries of the Baltic and Black Sea Regions was established in order to bring the long-standing cooperation between the constitutional courts to a higher level, to institutionalise and consolidate it, as well as to promote and strengthen the motivation of the partner countries to participate in joint activities.
The Declaration on the establishment of the Association has been signed on 26 October 2015, in Vilnius, by Presidents of Constitutional Courts of the Republic of Moldova, Lithuania, Georgia, and Ukraine.
The Declaration on the Establishment of the Association underlines that constitutional courts have a particularly important role in ensuring the supremacy of the constitution in the legal system and constitutional justice and in guaranteeing respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, as well as declares the commitment to respect the independence and sovereignty of states and their territorial integrity.
In 2018 the Association of Constitutional Justice of the Countries of the Baltic and Black Sea Regions (BBCJ) was chaired for a one-year term by the Constitutional Court of Georgia. Under the presidency of the Constitutional Court of Georgia 3rd Congress on 'The Role of the Constitutional Courts in European Integration Process’ was held in May 2018 in Tbilisi. Presidents and Justices of the member Constitutional Courts of the Association of Constitutional Justice of the Countries of the Baltic and Black Sea Regions (BBCJ), as well as the representatives of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe and other high-level delegates visited Tbilisi.
The Constitutional Court organises, together with the Venice Commission, various international conferences and seminars which deal with the problems of constitutional jurisprudence in member states.
The Constitutional Court prepares information for the Bulletin of Constitutional Case-Law, the official publication of the Venice Commission and contributes to studies published by the Venice Commission.
The Constitutional Court of Georgia actively cooperates in various formats with the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe (European Commission for Democracy through Law). Among them are the international conferences, which are held annually with the participation of experts of the Venice Commission on important constitutional legal issues. Also, the court has requested the Venice Commission for the preparation of an amicus curiae brief.