Russia declares the Constitutional Court priority in interpreting debatable issues that arise in implementing the European Convention on Human Rights in the national legislative system, Justice Minister Alexander Konovalov has said.
"The Russian constitution is a law of supreme legal force. It by no means contradicts or contradicted either the convention [the European Convention on Human Rights] or other norms of international law," Konovalov said at an international conference 'Improvement of national mechanisms of the efficient implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights' in St. Petersburg on Oct. 22.
"Yet whenever the interpretation of the convention comes in contact with the national legal system, I will stress once again we think that we have the right to retain the priority of the Russian constitutional court," Konovalov said.
"The Russian Federation is retaining this priority, the same as other countries," he said.
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