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.

 

Center for Democracy and Human Rights - CEDEM, in cooperation with TV Prva, is implementing the project "Strengthening the role of media in the promotion of criminal justice in Montenegro" with the financial support of the European Union within the framework of the Media Professionals program.

The project aims to contribute to strengthening the capacity of the media in Montenegro to report on the criminal justice, through increasing the quality and credibility of investigative journalism in this area.

In order to strengthen relations among media and CSO on the one side and judicial actors from the municipalities covered by the Action on the other, a set of working meetings and face-to-face consultations will be organized. Prior to that, a simple protocol of work will be made together with the indicative agenda of the meetings and judicial stakeholders will be introduced to project issue and objectives. The purpose of the meetings will be to foster the dialogue among those actors, especially on the use of the free-access-to-information legislation to improve quality and credibility of media reporting on crime-related stories, while allowing judicial institutions to create an image of openness and readiness for cooperation with media and CSOs. 

t the end of the working meeting, it is planned to sign the Memorandum in order to improve cooperation.

The first working meeting will be held on October 24 at 11h in Pljevlja.


Center for Democracy and Human Rights - CEDEM, in cooperation with TV Prva, organized training "Standards of investigative journalism, best practices and application of the Code of Ethics of Journalists". The training was held from September 25 - 26, 2017, in Podgorica.
The training was led by  Semir Mujkić, representative of Balkan Investigative Research Network (BIH) and Duško Vuković, an independent expert from Podgorica.
The training contributed to the participants acquiring skills and knowledge in the field of investigative journalism standards, as well as the application of the Code of Ethics in reporting media on the criminal justice system.
The training is part of the project "Strengthening the role of media in advancing criminal justice in Montenegro" financed supported by the EU (Media Professionalism Programme Montenegro)


 

Center for Democracy and Human Rights - CEDEM, in cooperation with TV Prva, organized training "Investigative journalism - watchdog approach"  from September 26 to 27 at the City Hotel in Podgorica. The training was intended for representatives of the media and the CSO, with a particular accent at freelance journalists.
The training was led by Slobodan Georgiev, a representative of the Balkan Investigative Research Network (Serbia) and Dusko Vukovic, an independent expert from Podgorica.
The training contributed to the improvement of knowledge and skills related to the "watchdog" approach and its reporting. During the training, the participants used these tools and worked on their stories. Due the training, participants worked on their stories using new methods.
The training is part of the project "Strengthening the role of media in advancing criminal justice in Montenegro" financed supported by the EU (Media Professionalism Programme).