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.

This seminar is aimed primarily at young people who work in the courts, lawyers and prosecutors. Prominent Montenegrin lawyers, judges of the Supreme Court J. Badnjar, R. Kojovic and P.Stojanović, Judge of the Administrative Court, D. Duretic, lawyer N. Martinovic and coordinator of the Centre for Human Rights, S. Bjekovic, met their young colleagues with the  importance and implementation of international standards on human rights and freedoms. The seminar was organized with the support of the Balkan Trust for Democracy.