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:
OSCE/ODIHR has recently produced the following legal reviews:
The OSCE/ODIHR welcomes the aim of ensuring more transparency in the financing of political parties and election campaigns in Ukraine, and notes that many of the amendments, if adopted, would constitute a significant step towards a functional and transparent system of campaign and party funding in Ukraine. At the same time, some of the amendments appear difficult to implement in practice, whilst in other areas, the amendments appear insufficient.
OSCE/ODIHR Opinion on the Draft Law of Ukraine on Combating Cybercrime (22 August 2014)
The Opinion analyses the compliance of the Draft Law of Ukraine on Combating Cybercrime with relevant international standards and OSCE commitments, as well as good practices from other OSCE participating States.
• Overall, the Opinion recommends the reconsideration of the purpose and scope of the Draft Law in order to focus more on cybersecurity issues and prevention of cybercrime, and a proper institutional framework for that purpose.
• At the same time, the Opinion advises to remove all provisions relating to criminalization as well as criminal investigation and prosecution of cybercrimes, which should be transferred to relevant criminal and criminal procedure legislation. It also notes that certain provisions of the Draft Law may potentially lead to dangerous interference with fundamental rights and freedoms and lack the substantive and procedural safeguards required according to international standards.
The OSCE/ODIHR and the Directorate General of Human Rights and Rule of Law of the Council of Europe believe that the Code is generally compliant with international standards and relevant good practice. Improvements are still needed, however, to reduce the risk of excessive pleabargaining and sentencing disparities and to enhance the rights of the accused in the pre-trial and trial phase, as well as with respect to trials in absentia.
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 Draft Amendments to some Legislative Acts of Ukraine concerning Transparency of Financing of Political Parties and Election CampaignsDate : 11 September 2014 English [0.44 MB]
Opinion on Draft Amendments to some Legislative Acts of Ukraine concerning Transparency of Financing of Political Parties and Election CampaignsDate : 11 September 2014 Ukrainian [0.69 MB]
Opinion on the Impact of the Ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence on Legislation in MontenegroDate : 10 September 2014 English [1.01 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]