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The Constitutional Court maintains relations with a substantial number of foreign constitutional control bodies. The Court participates in activities of international associations of constitutional courts and exchanges bilateral visits for the purpose of mutual assessment of practices of constitutional judicial procedure. Besides that, representatives of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation participate in various bilateral and multilateral meetings, conferences, and seminars on the issues of constitutional law and constitutional justice.
Russian Constitutional Court takes part in the World Conference on Constitutional Justice, the Constitutional Court is a full member of the Conference of European Constitutional Courts (since 1996) and of the Association of Asian Constitutional Courts (since 2011), a founding member of the Conference of Constitutional Control Organs of the Countries of Young Democracy (since 1997), a signatory of bilateral cooperation agreements with the highest courts of Algeria, Bulgaria, Ethiopia, Israel, Indonesia, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, and Tajikistan.
Delegations of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation paid visits to the highest courts of Algeria, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Brazil, Bulgaria, People’s Republic of China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Republic of Korea, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Ukraine, and the European Court of Human Rights     
In its turn, the Constitutional Court during these years has invited and hosted official delegations of the supreme judicial bodies of Algeria, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Brazil, People’s Republic of China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Republic of Korea, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Ukraine, and the European Court of Human Rights. 
The Constitutional Court regularly organises various international forums, often in cooperation with Venice Commission of the Council of Europe and other organisations. Among the largest events of this kind, held in recent years, were the scientific and practical conference “Constitutional Control: doctrine and practice” (St. Petersburg, 2011) on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, the international conference “Political Parties in a Democratic Society: Legal Basis of Organisation and Activities” (St. Petersburg, 2012), International Symposium on the Rule of Law (St. Petersburg, 2013) and annual international forums on constitutional justice.
In November 2013 the Constitutional Court hosted the international scientific and practical conference dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Constitution of the Russian Federation “Modern constitutionalism: challenges and Prospects” The list of participants included the leading Russian scholars in the sphere of constitutionalism, as well as foreign participants.
In October 2015 the Constitutional Court in cooperation with the Council of Europe organised the international conference “Enhancing National Mechanisms for Effective Implementation of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms”. Heads of the Council of Europe, judges of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, the European Court of Human Rights, governmental officials, and Russian and foreign experts participated in the event.  
In May 2016 in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the activity of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation and within the framework of the annual 6th St. Petersburg International Legal Forum the International Conference “Modern Constitutional Justice: Challenges and Prospects” was organised. More than 100 celebrated scientists and legal professionals (including presidents and judges of constitutional and others highest courts) from more than 30 countries participated in the work of the Conference. It is decided that from 2017 the Conference is going to be annual.
 



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