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International Conferences

November 18, 2017

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN ROME

On November 17-18, the International Conference on “Challenges of Spiritual and Legal Behavior of Contemporary Individual and Imperatives of their Overcoming” was organized in the Great Hall of the Pontifical Oriental Institute of Rome, by “The Constitutional Culture” International Analytical Centre and “The Center of the Constitutional Law of the Republic of Armenia”, in association with the Pontifical Oriental Institute of the Holy See. The Conference was attended by the delegations of the Constitutional Courts of a number of countries, senior officials of the Holy See, well-known constitutionalists from Austria, Hungary, Russia, Slovenia, Georgia, Macedonia, Serbia, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, France and Tajikistan.

H.E. Prof. GagikHarutyunyan, the President of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Armenia, the President of the Board of Trustees of “The Constitutional Culture” International Analytical Centre, and Rev. Fr. David Nazar SJ, the Rector of the Pontifical Oriental Institute delivered welcoming addresses. The opening speeches were made by H.E. Mr. Gianni Buquicchio, the President of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe, H. Em. Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, H. Em. Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, the President of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, Rev. Fr. Georges H. Ruyssen, SJ, the Dean of the Faculty of Canon Law of the Pontifical Oriental Institute.

At I Plenary Session (Chair: Prof. Andras Sajo, the Central European University, the former Vice-President of the European Court of Human Rights) the following presentations were made: “Imperatives of Constitutionalization of Social and Legal Behavior of Human Being” by Prof. Gagik Harutyunyan, the President of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Armenia, the President of the Board of Trustees of “The Constitutional Culture” International Analytical Centre, “The Value of the Individual in Contemporary Constitutional Culture and the Ethico-Legal Challenges of Biomedicine” by Dr. Ann Power-Forde, the Presiding Constitutional Court Judge Kosovo Specialist Chambers, the former Judge of the European Court of Human Rights, “Legal Subjectivity of Nasciturus and His Right to Life” by Dr. Boštjan M. Zupancic, LL.M., S.J.D. (Harv.), the Professor of Law, the former Judge of the European Court of Human Rights, “Human Dignity and the Right to Life” by Prof. Robert Spano, the Judge and President of Section of the European Court of Human Rights. The topics covered in the presentations were discussed at questions and answers session.

At II Plenary Session (Chair: Prof. Gagik Harutyunyan, the President of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Armenia, the President of the Board of Trustees of “The Constitutional Culture” International Analytical Center) the following presentations were made: “Current Challenges to the Spiritual Character of a Modern Individual: the Role of State and Church in their Overcoming” by Archbishop Yeznik Petrosyan, the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, the General Secretary of the Bible Society of Armenia, “Solidarity in Contemporary Constitutional Thought” by Prof. Andras Sajo, the Central European University, the former Vice-President of the European Court of Human Rights, “Dialectics between Value and Values: A Philosophical Perspective on Historical Evolution and Contemporary Problems” by H.G. Levon Zekiyan, the Archieparch of Catholic Armenians of Istanbul and Turkey, Professor at the Pontifical Oriental Institute.

The topics covered in the presentations were discussed at questions and answers session.

At III Plenary Session (Chair: Ms. Vesna Ilic-Prelic, the President of the Constitutional Court of Serbia) the following presentations were made: “From Constitutional Objective to Constitutional Imperative. A Сase Study of Abolition of Capital Punishment by Judicial Review” by Prof. Bakhtiyar Tuzmukhamedov, the Vice-President of the Russian Association of International Law, Member-elect of the Committee Against Torture, Judge (retired) of the Appeals Chamber of the UN International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and for the former Yugoslavia, “A Sacred Book of Constitution: Values, Ideals and Rights in a Post-Soviet Reality” by Prof. KonstantineVardzelashvili, Ilia State University Law School, the Former Vice-Chair of the Constitutional Court of Georgia, the Former Member of the UN Human Rights Committee.

The topics covered in the presentations were discussed at questions and answers session.

At IV Plenary Session (Chair: Dr. Boštjan M. Zupancic, LL.M., S.J.D. (Harv.), Professor of Law, the former Judge of the European Court of Human Rights) the following presentations were made: “The Constitutional Culture “Enlightenment approach” in the “Post-Secular age” - A Few Contemporary Balkans Insights” by Prof. Tanja Karakamisheva-Jovanovska, PhD, the Member of the Venice Commission and full time Constitutional law Professor at the Faculty of Law “Iustinianus Primus” Skopje, Republic of Macedonia, “Legal Implementation of Ethno-Religious Values in the Constitutional Development of States” by Dr. Aleksei Liverovskii, Professor, the Scientific Director of the Faculty of Law of St. Petersburg State University of Economics (UNECON), Head of the Department of Constitutional Law.

The topics covered in the presentations were discussed at questions and answers session.

Within the framework of the Conference, the solemn ceremony of awarding the Order for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Law for the Humanitarian Mission, established by the “The Constitutional Culture” International Analytical Centre took place. By the decision of the Board of Trustees of the “The Constitutional Culture” International Analytical Centre in honor of Mr Varuzhan Burmayan, the Order was awarded to Mrs. Hilda Tiruhi Burmayan, his wife.

On November 18, two round tables were organized where the methodology of the constitutional monitoring by G. Harutyunyan, H. Sargsyan and R. Gevorgyan was presented.

At the end of the International Conference, reception on behalf of H.E. Mr. Mikayel Minasyan, Ambassador Plenipotentiary and Extraordinary of the Republic of Armenia to the Holy See was organized for the participants of the International Conference and representatives of the diplomatic corps, during which the presentation of the Stand Together program for the protection of Christian rights in the Near East was presented.

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INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN ROME (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8_zD6S510Y, ArmeniaTV News, Published on Nov 20, 2017)

 

“The Constitutional Culture” International Analytical Center and “The Center of the Constitutional Law of the Republic of Armenia”, by the support of the Holy See and the Pontific Oriental Institute are co-organizing an international conference titled “Challenges of Spiritual and Legal Behavior of the Contemporary Individual and Imperatives of Their Overcoming”, to be convened in Rome on 17 – 18 November 2017.

It is also scheduled to organize two Round Table discussions within the framework of the Conference with wide international representation on the following topics:

a) The Role of Constitutional Culture in the Spiritual Character of Contemporary Individual;

b) The Spiritual Values in the Axiological System of Contemporary Constitutions.

The key note speakers of the conference are prominent experts of constitutional law, such as Dr. Andras Sajo, Dr. Bostjan Zupancic, former Judges of European Court of Human Rights, Dr. Robert Spano, the Judge and President of Section of the European Court of Human Rights, Dr. Ann Power, the Judge of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers, Dr. Christoph Degenhart, Professor at the University of Leipzig, Dr. Bakhtiar Tuzmukhamedov, the former Judge of the Appeal Chamber of International Criminal Tribunals for former Yugoslavia and Rwanda as well as other prominent constitutionalists. Dr. Gianni Buquicchio, the President of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe will participate in the Opening Ceremony of the Conference.     

Program of the International Conference on “Challenges of Spiritual and Legal Behavior of Contemporary Individual and Imperatives of their Overcoming”, Rome, November 17-18, 2017

The Booklet of “The Constitutional Culture” International Analytical Center