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Jos Wienen: 'Implementing the rule of Law is an on-going task which requires the commitment of all levels of governance'

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Jos Wienen: 'Implementing the rule of Law is an on-going task which requires the commitment of all levels of governance'
How can one assess the extent to which a country upholds the rule of law? The Venice Commission (European Commission for Democracy through Law) answered this question in March 2016 by adopting the Rule of Law Checklist. On 21 October, in the context of Venice Commission-Congress co-operation, Jos Wienen, Congress rapporteur, presented a resolution to promote this checklist at local and regional level. “This draft resolution is fully in line with the valuable co-operation between our two organs: the Venice Commission as a legal body and the Congress as a political body,” underlined Jos Wienen. “This “Rule of Law Checklist” is undoubtedly a key document to assess the degree of respect for the rule of Law in our countries. With this tool, you can, on the basis of simple and detailed questions, consider how far the rule of law is guaranteed in a given country,” he explained. 

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Presentation by Jos Wienen
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Resolution: 'Rule of Law Checklist'
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