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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 Access to Information of the Republic of Kazakhstan and on related Amendments to other Legislative Acts (29 May 2015)

In April 2015, the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan requested OSCE to provide legal expertise on draft legislation on access to information.

For a number of years, the Mazhilis (lower chamber) of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan has been in the process of drafting a new Law on Access to Information. OSCE/ODIHR has issued Opinions on previous drafts of this legislation in 2010 (available here) and in 2012 (available here).

In its latest Opinion, ODIHR notes that the new draft Law constitutes an improvement to earlier draft versions, and incorporates a number of ODIHR’s previous recommendations. At the same time, there is a need to ensure that no information is categorically excluded from being accessed, and that at the same time, all necessary grounds for limitation of access to information are included.

Joint Opinion on the Prosecution Service of the Republic of Moldova (23 March 2015)

OSCE/ODIHR, the Venice Commission and Directorate General I (Human Rights) of the Council of Europe welcome the Draft Law, which represents, overall, a substantial improvement of the current Law regulating the operation of the Moldovan Prosecution Service and reflects a genuine effort to modernize the existing legal framework, in line with relevant European standards and best practices. It appears to be of good technical and structural quality, and it deals in detail - although in some cases in a too detailed manner - with many important aspects of the functioning of the Prosecution Service.

The opinion recommended, however, to provide a more precise and narrow delineation of the powers of the Prosecution Service outside of criminal law; to include more precise provisions on the internal independence of prosecutors and related safeguards; to include a specific mechanism for the dismissal of the Prosecutor General; to reconsider the proposed provisions with respect to prosecutors in the Autonomous Territorial Unit (ATU) of Gagauzia and to ensure that the Transitional Provisions provide for the appropriate harmonization of the provisions of the Draft Law with those of the Code of Criminal Procedure and any other relevant legislative provisions.

The joint OSCE/ODIHR and Venice Commission Guidelines on Freedom of Association (2014)

aim to offer advice and expertise on how to legislate on freedom of association-related matters, in a manner that is compliant with international human rights standards and OSCE commitments. They also reflect evolving good state practices, and are intended to enhance awareness of the above right in general. They will offer a practical toolkit to legislators tasked with drafting laws which regulate or affect associations, but also to associations, members of associations and human rights defenders, to support advocacy in this field of human rights law. 

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

Joint Opinion on the Draft Law on Introduction of Changes and Amendments to the Constitution of the Kyrgyz Republic 

Date : 22 June 2015 English [0.34 MB]

Opinion on the draft Law on Access to Information of the Republic of Kazakhstan and on related Amendments to other Legislative Acts

Date : 29 May 2015 English [0.25 MB]

Joint Opinion on the Prosecution Service of the Republic of Moldova

Date : 23 March 2015 English [0.69 MB]
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Lawmaking surveys

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]

Assessment of the Legislative Process in the Republic of Armenia

Date : 30 October 2014 English [0.57 MB]
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