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Legislationline.org provides direct access to international norms and standards relating to specific human dimension issues (see list of topics on left-hand column) as well as to domestic legislation and other documents of relevance to these issues. These data and other information available from the site are intended for lawmakers across the OSCE region.     





OSCE/ODIHR has recently produced the following legal reviews and guidelines:

Opinion on the Draft Law on Police of Serbia (October 2015)

While the Opinion welcomes a number of positive aspects of the legislation, it also points out, notably, the need to clarify its linkages with the Code of Criminal Procedure, to introduce additional substantive and procedural safeguards to effectively prevent and combat torture and other forms of ill-treatment during police detention and to clarify the provisions relating to authorization procedures for the use of certain forms of force and to ensure independent investigation in case of violation.

Draft Joint Opinion on the Draft Amendments to some Legislative Acts concerning Prevention of and Fight against Political Corruption in Ukraine (September 2015)

OSCE/ODIHR and the Venice Commission welcome the draft amendments as an important improvement to the existing legal framework on political party and campaign financing. Several  provisions could benefit from further improvement, in order to ensure that the draft amendments are in line with international standards. This relates, in particular, to provisions  in the areas of contribution and spending limits and oversight over political party and campaign financing by regulatory bodies.



ODIHR's work on regulatory reform:

Assessment of the Legislative Process in Georgia (30 January 2015)

Based on a Memorandum of Understanding, signed between the OSCE/ODIHR and the Parliament of Georgia on 24 February 2014, the OSCE/ODIHR has conducted an assessment of the legislative process in Georgia, a situational analysis of both the formal procedures and the actual practices in Georgia that apply to the preparation, drafting, enactment, publication, communication and evaluation of legislation.

The assessment report discusses the salient aspects of the legislative drafting / law making process in the country and identifies the existing concerns and risks as well as a number of goals to be achieved in order to enable the law-making system to function in a more effective, transparent and efficient way.

OSCE/ODIHR Assessment of the Legislative Process in the Republic of Armenia (30 October 2014) recommends introducing greater flexibility and transparency in Armenian legislative process

The legislative process in the Republic of Armenia should be made more flexible and participatory, says an assessment report presented by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) in Yerevan on 30 October 2014.


The presentation, co-organized with the OSCE Office in Yerevan, was held for representatives from the Armenian National Assembly, the Government, state institutions, and international and civil society organizations. Read more.



Legal Reviews

Comments on Draft Amendments to Certain Provisions of the Criminal Code of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Regarding Bias-Motivated Crimes (in English)

Date : 14 April 2016 English [0.57 MB]

Comments on Draft Amendments to Certain Provisions of the Criminal Code of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Regarding Bias-Motivated Crimes (in Macedonian)

Date : 14 April 2016 English [0.63 MB]

Opinion on Draft Amendments to the Moldovan Criminal and Contravention Codes relating to Bias-motivated Offences (in English)

Date : 15 March 2016 English [0.63 MB]
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Lawmaking surveys

Assessment of the Legislative Process in the Kyrgyz Republic

Date : 08 December 2015 English [0.56 MB]

Assessment of the Legislative Process in Georgia

Date : 30 January 2015 English [0.37 MB]

Assessment of the Legislative Process in Georgia (in Georgian)

Date : 30 January 2015 Georgian [0.45 MB]
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