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 Act on an Independent National Human Rights Institution of Iceland (6 February 2017)
The Opinion welcomes Iceland’s willingness to establish an independent NHRI and provides a number of recommendations to ensure the Draft Act’s compliance with the United Nations Principles relating to the Status of National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights (Paris Principles). In particular, the Icelandic NHRI’s mandate should be further expanded and the Institution should be provided with additional powers to be able to fulfil its human rights mandate. The Opinion also recommends that the Draft Act provide additional guarantees of independence of the NHRI, including by protecting the functional immunity of the members of the Board of Directors and staff, ensuring the NHRI’s financial independence and a pluralist and gender-balanced composition of the NHRI at all staff levels, and specifying the criteria and modalities of appointment of the Board members.
The Joint Opinion comments the aim of the draft law to liberalise the formation and registration of political parties in Armenia and the envisaged changes in regard to territorial and membership requirements. However, while the law may create a legal backdrop for improving internal democracy, the Joint Opinion cautions that regulating intra-party organisation excessively may not be useful for achieving such. In particular, it is recommended to consider reducing the number of provisions on internal procedures and functioning of political parties, to improve the rules on donations to political parties, to clarify the rules concerning the suspension of political parties, to consider including further measures to promote gender equality and diversity within internal party structures, to consider providing opportunities for non-party candidates to be included in party lists, to equip the Audit and Oversight Service with additional powers to ensure transparent reporting by all contestants.
Opinion on the Draft Rules of Procedure of the National Assembly of Armenia (2 December 2016)
The Opinion raises key issues and provides indications of areas of concern. In the interests of conciseness, the Opinion focuses more on those provisions that may be improved rather than on the positive aspects of the Draft Rules of Procedure. The ensuing recommendations are based on international standards and practices related to constitutional matters and parliamentary practice. Moreover, in accordance with the 2004 OSCE Action Plan for the Promotion of Gender Equality and commitments to mainstream a gender perspective into OSCE activities, the Opinion analyses the potentially different impact of the Draft Rules of Procedure on women and men.
ODIHR's work on regulatory reform:
Assessment of the Legislative Process in the Kyrgyz Republic (October 2015)
Based on a Memorandum of Understanding, signed between the OSCE/ODIHR and the Presidential Administration of the Kyrgyz Republic on 7 January 2015, the OSCE/ODIHR conducted a comprehensive assessment of the legislative process in the Kyrgyz Republic, which analyzed all the legislative and practical aspects of the law-making process in the country, and provided recommendations for reform.
ODIHR's assessment report recommends, among other measures, to introduce unified evidence-based drafting and law-making standards in the Kyrgyz Republic, including public consultations on draft laws. It further advises law-makers to enhance policy discussions at the start of the legislative process, and to introduce more realistic procedural deadlines.
Assessment of the Legislative Process in Georgia (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 conducted a comprehensive 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.
Opinion on the Draft Act on an Independent National Human Rights Institution of Iceland (in English)Date : 06 February 2017 English [0.26 MB]
Joint Opinion on the Draft Constitutional Law on Political Parties of Armenia (in English)Date : 12 December 2016 English [0.44 MB]
Opinion on the Draft Rules of Procedure of the National Assembly of Armenia (in English)Date : 02 December 2016 English [0.20 MB]
Joint Guidelines for Preventing and Responding to the Misuse of Administrative Resources During Electoral Processes (2016)
Guidelines on Freedom of Association (2014)
Guidelines on the Legal Personality of Religious or Belief Communities (2014)
Assessment of the Legislative Process in the Kyrgyz RepublicDate : 08 December 2015 English [0.56 MB]
Assessment of the Legislative Process in GeorgiaDate : 30 January 2015 English [0.37 MB]
Assessment of the Legislative Process in Georgia (in Georgian)Date : 30 January 2015 Georgian [0.45 MB]