Murray Hunt, an associate member of Matrix and Director of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, has been appointed the UK’s alternative representative on the Council of Europe’s Commission for Democracy through Law to support the UK’s new representative on the Commission, Tim Otty QC.
The Commission, which is better known as the Venice Commission because it meets four times a year in Venice, is the Council of Europe’s principal advisory body on constitutional matters. Its work is grounded in the three foundational principles of Europe’s common constitutional heritage: democracy, human rights and the rule of law. Its objectives include promoting the rule of law and democracy.
The Commission’s role is to provide legal advice to its member states, including by helping states wishing to bring their legal and institutional structures into line with European standards and international experience. It helps to ensure the consolidation of a common constitutional heritage in Europe, and the dissemination of that heritage by sharing the standards and best practices adopted within the Council of Europe beyond its borders, particularly in neighbouring countries.