Rule of Law

Montenegro is a civil, democratic, ecological and social justice state, based on the rule of law (Article 1, Constitution of Montenegro). The affirmation of the principle of equality before the law, as one of the fundamental postulates of the rule of law, is the primary function of Rule of Law Department.

CEDEM was the first NGO in Montenegro to organize seminars on international and European Union legal standards. Over 900 lawyers, judges, prosecutors and other civil servants have participated in our training programs since 1999. The Rule of Law Department prepares draft laws and draft amendments to the law; organizes round tables and seminars for representatives of judicial bodies; performs monitoring of court proceedings; and prepares, publishes and distributes publications with the ultimate goal to encourage a responsible, professional, efficient and transparent judiciary in Montenegro.

We have published a Guide to legal and institutional protection against discrimination, outlining key legal and institutional anti-discrimination mechanisms analyzed through the umbrella Law on Prohibition of Discrimination and the Law on Prohibition of Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities, with examples from domestic law and court practice other countries and the European Court of Human Rights.

The guide is part of the project “Empowerment of professional capacity to combat discrimination against persons with disabilities”, implemented by CEDEM, in collaboration with the Center for Anti-Discrimination “EQUISTA” and supported by the Ministry of Human and Minority Rights.

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