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.

oebs-PRISTINAMore than 25 civil society representatives from south-eastern Europe met on 15 and 16 July 2013 at an OSCE conference in Prishtinë/ Priština to exchange best practices on municipal oversight and participation in local decision-making. CEDEM was represented by Elvis Beriša, PGF Montenegro project asistant.

koalicija23Coalition of 15 NGOs for Monitoring the Accession Negotiations with the European Union under Chapter 23 - Judiciary and Fundamental Rights held a press conference today in Podgorica in order to present the Situation Report in Montenegro in this particular area. The Report aims to provide independent information and observations prior to publication of the European Commission about Montenegro's progress in these areas.

KL pravonaprivatnostIn cooperation with AIRE Centre from London and Judicial Training Centre of Montenegro, CEDEM organized seminar titled "Protecting the right to privacy". The seminar is supported by Royal Norwegian Embassy in Belgrade and British Embassy in Podgorica. The activity was organized in Kolasin under the project "Supporting Montenegro's integration into the EU: Supporting judicial reform."