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Upon an invitation of the President of the European Court of Human Rights, Síofra O´Leary, a delegation of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Slovenia, led by its President, Dr Matej Accetto, visited the Strasbourg Court on 11 September 2023. The delegation also included the Vice-President of the Constitutional Court, Dr Rok Čeferin, Judges Dr Špelca Mežnar, Dr Neža Kogovšek Šalamon, Marko Šorli, Dr Dr Klemen Jaklič, and Dr Rajko Knez, and the Secretary General, Dr Sebastian Nerad.
Following the welcome address by the host, the President of the European Court of Human Rights, Síofra O´Leary, and the introductory speech by the President of the Constitutional Court, Dr Matej Accetto, the delegations addressed three selected aspects of human rights. In the context of the discussion on human rights and environmental protection, the Constitutional Court’s opening presentation was delivered by Judge Dr Rajko Knez, Judge Dr Špelca Mežnar presented her view on the regression of human rights protection, and the Vice-President of the Constitutional Court, Dr Rok Čeferin, addressed the issue of conflicts between the right to freedom of expression and the right to respect for private and family life. The last part of the meeting was devoted to the presentation of experiences and good practices in reducing the backlog of cases, and the discussions were rounded off with concluding remarks by the President of the Constitutional Court, Dr Matej Accetto, and Vice-President of the European Court of Human Rights, Dr Marko Bošnjak.
The visit, which was also an important opportunity for strengthening the co-operation between the two institutions, was concluded with a meeting of the delegation of the Constitutional Court with Slovene staff members of the European Court of Human Rights.