On January 21-24 Azerbaijani delegation led by Chairman of the Constitutional Court Farhad Abdullayev participated in the World Conference on Constitutional Justice on the topic “Influential Constitutional Justice - its influence on society and on developing a global jurisprudence on human rights” in Cape Town. The event was hosted by Constitutional Court of the Republic of South Africa and the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe. This event coincided with the 60th anniversary of the Council of Europe and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Addressing the conference participants, President of the Republic of South Africa Kgalema Motlanthe expressed his confidence that cooperation of the judicial bodies will make a special contribution to development of the intergovernmental relations.
A final declaration was adopted as a result of the conference. The World Conference concluded that constitutional justice is a key element in fostering and deepening the basic values enshrined in the Constitutions that form the basis of the work of the Courts and Councils which participated in the World Conference. Their decisions have a decisive impact on society. The participants of the Conference underlined the paramount importance of the respect of human rights in all parts of the world and insisted that governments must implement international human rights instruments. Consequently, the exchange of information and experience between the Courts and Councils should be reinforced on a regional and global basis. The participants of the World Conference endorse and support the regional and linguistic groups and call upon their members to use the tools for exchange of information and experience provided by the Venice Commission.
As a part of the visit, Mr. Abdullayev also met with Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of South Africa Mr. Pius Langa to discuss the development of bilateral relations.