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.