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.

Within the aforementioned project, CEDEM has implemented a large number of activities. Specifically, the Center for Democracy and Human Rights (CEDEM) presented the results of the "Forms of Discrimination in Montenegro" survey on Wednesday, May 26, 2017 at the Hilton Hotel in Podgorica. The research was carried out in cooperation with the Ministry of Human and Minority Rights and the Ombudsman Institution, as part of the project "Support to National Institutions in the Prevention of Discrimination in Montenegro" (PREDIM), funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe, with the responsibility of the Council of Europe.

The research results were presented by Milos Besic, CEDEM's chief methodologist and Milena Besic, CEDEM's director.

From 29 to 31 August, CEDEM held a training course in Kolasin focused on the research skills of the Ombudsman's staff. The aim of the training is to increase research capacity for public policy needs. The training was implemented in cooperation with the Ombudsman Institution, within the project "Support to National Institutions in the Prevention of Discrimination in Montenegro" (PREDIM), funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe, and the Council of Europe is responsible for implementation.

The Center for Democracy and Human Rights, in cooperation with the Council of Europe, is implementing a project "Support to National Institutions in the Prevention of Discrimination in Montenegro - BEFORE", funded by the European Union. Within the framework of October 2017, the project hosted training “Capacity Building in Research Skills”. The training was led by prof. dr Miloš Bešić, methodologist.

The training was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Justice, the Criminal Sanctions Enforcement Bureau and the Ombudsman Institution of Montenegro.

The training aimed to build capacity in research skills. The training contributed to the participants understanding of the research process as well as analyzing and interpreting the data obtained through this process. The training covers practical examples in different areas of public policy research, with particular emphasis on research evaluation design, given their day-to-day work.

In March 2018, the Center for Democracy and Human Rights (CEDEM) published the second survey "Forms, Patterns and Degree of Discrimination in Montenegro - Trends and Analysis" in collaboration with the Ministry of Human and Minority Rights and the Ombudsman Institution, as part of the project " Support to National Institutions in the Prevention of Discrimination in Montenegro ”(PREDIM), funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe, and the Council of Europe is responsible for its implementation.

 

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After two months of research work, 10 journalists gathered for a one-day workshop and with their mentor, Ms. Jevtović, formed final lessons, analyzing key results in the field, putting the facts in the order that most affected citizens, etc. The workshop was held on March 2, 2019, at the Aurel Hotel in Podgorica.

In addition, the workshop served as a basis for creating a local network between journalists, where they will discuss all obstacles and shortcomings found during the research work, challenges in finding accurate information, collaborating the future by exploring these topics jointly, and providing recommendations for future activities at the local level that are recognized as important. In this way, the final results are shaped - research stories that will be published in national and local media by the end of March.

The workshop was held as part of the project "Advancing Local Media Practices in Crime and Corruption", supported by the US Embassy in Podgorica.

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