Rule-of-law

ODIHR’s section on the rule of law has also assisted states in developing legal principles to strengthen democratic processes; i.e., the rule of law ought to prevail over the will of individuals, including high-level political officials.

Examples

Prior to the fall 2010 parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan, the OSCE Office in Baku took an initiative to find solutions to the shortcomings addressed in reports from previous OSCE election observation missions in Azerbaijan. Roundtable meetings with representatives from government, political parties, civil society and international organizations were held to address freedom of assembly and illegal interference in the election process, election administration, and the role and function of the media in elections. Furthermore, seminars were held to educate voters on political pluralism, dialogue, and opportunities for domestic election observation.

“Criteria for Evaluation and Promotion of the Work of Prosecutors”, a set of guidelines drafted by national experts with the support of the OSCE Mission to Serbia and the Prosecutors’ Association of Serbia, 2008 (OSCE)

“Criteria for Evaluation and Promotion of the Work of Prosecutors”, a set of guidelines drafted by national experts with the support of the OSCE Mission to Serbia and the Prosecutors’ Association of Serbia, 2008 (OSCE)

Another effort to strengthen democratic processes has been the OSCE Mission to Serbia’s support for the Prosecutors’ Association of Serbia. The Association, which focuses on maintaining the independence of Serbian prosecutors from the executive and legislative branches through judicial reform, is supported by the OSCE through training courses and workshops in international best practices regarding the independence and accountability of prosecutors.