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.

The Center for Democracy and Human Rights - CEDEM, in cooperation with the Ombudsman Institution, is implementing the project "Strengthening the Institutional Capacity of the Ombudsman for Oversight of the Security Sector", which is financially supported by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Montenegro. The project aims to contribute to strengthening the rule of law and human rights in the security sector, with particular reference to strengthening the Ombudsman's capacity to monitor the security sector, in terms of violations of human rights and freedoms, or in monitoring the work of security and defense institutions.

The project envisages the development of two analysis: 1) Analysis of internal regulations and operational guidelines for the further work of the security sector institutions and 2) Comparative study of the Ombudsman institutions from European Union countries.

The analysis of internal regulations and operational guidelines for the further work of the security sector institutions in the context of human rights protection aims to identify potential loopholes in the security sector's normative framework and work that could lead to potential unlawful practices. The analysis provides a comprehensive overview of the regulatory framework, the overall situation of the security sector institutions, an overview of the reports and recommendations of relevant international organizations, and a set of recommendations for improving the efficiency of these institutions.


Due to the lack of adequate informing of citizens on ethical standards when writing and publishing media content, information sessions on the Code of Ethics of Journalists of Montenegro were organized in Niksic, Podgorica, and Bar.

Bearing in mind that media content that violates or threatens citizens' rights is infrequently published, the info sessions were aimed at informing citizens about key principles of the Code that should be respected when publishing media content. In addition to learning about ethical standards in the media, citizens had the opportunity to learn how to use regulatory bodies and how to protect their rights.

In addition to Gordana Djuračić, editor of TV Prva, and Marko Pejovic, CEDEM project coordinator, Attorney Vesna Cimbaljević attended the sessions, which introduced the citizens from the legal point of view to the process of exercising their right, as well as to their previous experience in litigation in this area.

Info sessions are organized by the Center for Democracy and Human Rights - CEDEM, in cooperation with TV FIRST, as part of the project "Strengthening the Role of the Media in the Advancement of Criminal Justice in Montenegro".


Center for Democracy and Human Rights - CEDEM invites all interested citizens from the territory of the Municipality of Podgorica to participate in the Info Session on the Ethical Code of Journalists of Montenegro, which will be held on May 11th at 11 p.m. in the Faculty of Political Science.

The purpose of the info session is to inform citizens about the project and promote the Ethical Code of Journalists of Montenegro in order to inform about the key principles to be respected when publishing media content.

This event will also be an opportunity for citizens, in addition to getting acquainted with ethical standards in the media, to inform in which ways the regulatory bodies can use and how to protect their rights.

In addition to the representatives of TV PRVA and CEDEM, the session will be attended by attorney Vesna Cimbaljevic, who will introduce citizens to the process of using their rights.

The Info session are organized within the project "Strengthening the role of the media in the promotion of criminal justice in Montenegro" and besides Nikšić and Podgorica, will be organized in Berane.