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.
New on legislationline.org:
In June 2014, the ‘Administrative Justice’ and 'Independence of the Judiciary' topics have been updated with relevant, up-to-date legislation for the majority of OSCE participating states.
The OSCE/ODIHR has recently produced the following legal reviews:
Joint OSCE/ODIHR-Venice Commission Opinion on the Draft Amendments to the Legal Framework on the Disciplinary Responsibility of Judges in the Kyrgyz Republic (16 June 2014)
The Opinion, prepared jointly by the OSCE/ODIHR and the Venice Commission in response to requests by the Secretary of the Council for Judicial Reform of the Presidential Administration and by the Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Judiciary Issues and Legality of the Parliament of the Kyrgyz Republic, analyses the compliance of the Draft Amendments to the Legal Framework on the Disciplinary Responsibility of Judges in the Kyrgyz Republic with relevant international human rights and rule of law standards, OSCE commitments and Council of Europe standards.
At the outset, OSCE/ODIHR and the Venice Commission welcome the Kyrgyz Republic’s efforts to amend its legal and institutional framework relating to the disciplinary responsibility of judges, to bring it into compliance with international standards on the independence of the judiciary, particularly as regards the provisions to strengthen the independence and impartiality of, and ensure a clear division of tasks between, the Disciplinary Commission in charge of investigating and the Council of Judges in charge of deciding on the imposition of a disciplinary sanction. At the same time, the Opinion notes that the Draft Amendments could benefit from certain revisions and additions, to ensure the effectiveness of the provisions as well as their full compliance with international standards. In particular, grounds for disciplinary liability of judges need to be clearly and narrowly phrased, and the disciplinary procedures should be held before an independent and impartial body, and should ensure the fair trial rights of the affected judges.
Opinion on the Law on the Selection, Performance Evaluation and Career of Judges of Moldova (13 June 2014)
The Opinion was prepared in response to the letter of the Chair of the Superior Council of Magistracy of Moldova of 20 September 2013.
The OSCE/ODIHR welcomes the fact that the Law puts a significant number of safeguards in place to ensure the proper selection and evaluation of judges and that the processes of selection and evaluation have been placed firmly in the hands of the judiciary, as well as the fact that civil society plays a significant role in these processes. A number of general areas of concern remain, however. Notably, the evaluation process may interfere with the principle of irremovability of judges by leaving open the possibility of dismissing judges as an outcome of the evaluation process
ODIHR's work on legislative guidelines:
Second edition of the OSCE/ODIHR - Venice Commission Guidelines on Freedom of Peaceful Assembly (2010), endorsed by the Venice Commission in June 2010, was launched by Legislative Support Unit on 4 October 2010 during a side event at the OSCE Review Conference in Warsaw. The Guidelines are designed for practitioners in many sectors: drafters of legislation and those implementing it, as well as those affected by the implementation. Recognizing the great diversity of country contexts, the Guidelines do not attempt to provide ready-made solutions but, rather, to clarify key issues and discuss possible ways to address them.
OSCE/ODIHR - Venice Commission Guidelines on Political Party Regulation
The Guidelines on Political Party Regulation were developed by the OSCE/ODIHR jointly with the Venice Commission through an extensive consultative process, which included two expert meetings and three thematic roundtables on issues such as women's political participation; public funding of political parties and abuse of state resources; and the participation of political parties in elections and the prohibition and dissolution of political parties. The primary goal of the Guidelines is to assist law-makers and practitioners from various OSCE participating States in the crucial matter of ensuring a fair regulation of political parties. Following the adoption of the Guidelines, in September 2011 the OSCE/ODIHR set up an advisory body, the Core Group of Experts on Political Parties, which will assist it in providing expert assistance to OSCE participating States in the review and assessment of political party legislation.
Opinion on Two Draft Anti-Corruption Laws of Ukraine (English)Date : 18 July 2014 English [0.81 MB]
Opinion on Two Draft Anti-Corruption Laws of Ukraine (Ukrainian)Date : 18 July 2014 English [1.67 MB]
Opinion on the Draft Act on Land-Use Planning and Construction of the Slovak RepublicDate : 01 July 2014 English [0.59 MB]
Guidelines on Freedom of Peaceful Assembly (2nd edition) (2010)
Guidelines on Political Party Regulation (2010)
Guidelines on the Implementation of the Law on Freedom of Assembly of the Republic of Azerbaijan (2008)
Preliminary Assessment of the Legislative Process in the Kyrgyz RepublicDate : 30 April 2014 English [0.48 MB]
Preliminary Assessment of the Legislative Process in the Republic of ArmeniaDate : 21 November 2013 English [0.64 MB]
Law Drafting and Legislative Process in the Republic of Serbia: An Assessment (2011)Date : 30 December 2011 English [0.69 MB]