Legislationline.org – ODIHR´s legislative database


Everyone has human rights, which can be set out, regulated or limited by legislation. If you are interested in learning about human rights-related laws in different countries or drafting a law and want to make sure that it complies with international standards, visit Legislationline.org – a unique and free online legislative database that provides direct access to thousands of documents including both domestic legislation and international standards on specific human rights and democracy issues. Created in 2002 by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, Legislationline.org is used by lawmakers, researchers and representatives of civil society who are interested in human rights and their practical implementations. ODIHR provides support, assistance and expertise to participating States and civil society to promote democracy, rule of law, human rights and tolerance and non-discrimination. As part of this wide mandate, ODIHR reviews individual pieces of legislation to assess their compliance with OSCE commitments and other international human rights standards. ODIHR additionally helps lawmakers by developing legislative guidelines for specific areas, such as freedom of association or political party regulation. It also provides comprehensive assessments of legislative processes in participating States which can help reform lawmaking systems. All of these documents are available on Legislationline.org. ODIHR recently launched a new, more user-friendly version of the website. The website is divided into four main sections: Legislation, International Standards, ODIHR Legal Reviews, Assessments and Guidelines, and Legislative Processes. It provides access to the constitutions and criminal codes of all 57 OSCE participating States. You can filter documents by country or by topic. You can also search all documents using keywords. The resource is available in both English and Russian. Check out the new version of the website, visit Legislationline.org.

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