Areas of activity

Digest is dedicated to the process of reform of law enforcement authorities in Ukraine, first of all – police, prosecution authorities, State Bureau of Investigation and criminal justice legislation

22 december 2017

The monthly newsletter of the CPLR for December 2017

The monthly newsletter of the Centre of Policy and Legal Reform (hereinafter referred to as the CPLR) is devoted to the analysis of the state reform, in particular in the areas of parliamentarism and elections, constitutional and judicial reform, civil service, anti-corruption, etc.

20 december 2017

Civil society organizations call for rejection of a Draft Law that downplays the role of the public in the judges' selection and appraisal process

On November 17, a revised Draft law No.6593 was registered in the Parliament. Should Draft law be adopted, the powers of the current members of the PIC will be terminated and so will be the public participation in the process of judges’ selection and evaluation as the draft law contains a number of regulations that make the PIC dependent upon the High Qualification Commission of Judges of Ukraine

19 december 2017

State Investigations Bureau should probe crimes of judges and law-enforcers - survey results

The newly established State Bureau of Investigations (SBI) should focus primarily on investigating crimes committed by judicial and law enforcement officers. This is the opinion of the majority of experts and public representatives who took part in the online survey 

18 december 2017

The public calls on the Competition Comission under the President to disclose information on the selection of judges to the Constitutional Court of Ukraine

 The CPLR and RPR call on the competition commission to disclose December 19: List of persons recommended for the position of a judge of the CCU; Resolution of the competition commission on the refusal to allow six candidates to participate; Information on the procedure for assessing the candidate’s compliance with the constitutional requirements for a candidate for the CCU judge position, first of all with respect to high moral qualities and a requirement to be a recognized lawyer

18 december 2017

Why do Ukrainian lawyers treat the new Supreme Court with caution?

More than 20% of appointed judges of the Supreme Court are those who received negative opinions from the CCI that were ignored by the HQCJ and the HCJ. However, with the exception of the President of the Supreme Court, other senior positions in the new Supreme Court went to former chairs of higher courts, with respect to whose integrity the CCI has voiced serious reservations, - Roman Kuybida, Board Member of the CPLR, about the forming of the new Supreme Court

18 december 2017

Legal opinion on Draft of Election Code № 3112-1

On November 7, 2017, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine voted for the adoption of the draft Election Code of Ukraine (No. 3112-1) in first reading. Draft of Electoral code № 3112-1 introduces a proportional electoral system with open lists, which is a positive step. At the same time, the draft of Electoral code needs to be finalized in terms of the status of the Central Election Commission of Ukraine, electoral rights of internally displaced persons, election procedures at local elections, reporting of political parties, etc

15 december 2017

Expert Discussion “State Bureau of Investigations: Operational Priorities”

On December 19, the Centre of Policy and Legal Reform with the Association of Ukrainian Human Rights Monitors on Law Enforcement will announce the results of the expert and civil society opinion poll regarding expectations from the State Bureau of Investigations

7 december 2017

Expert confidence in new Supreme Court is High ‒ survey results

Every third expert in Ukraine trusts the new Supreme Court, according to a public opinion survey. Given the high level of distrust in the judiciary as a whole, this indicator can be considered high, experts of the Centre of Policy and Legal Reform (CPLR), which conducted the survey, said at a press conference “How should the new Supreme Court look like: the survey results” on December 7

6 december 2017

Press conference “How should the new Supreme Court look like: the survey results”

On December 7, the Centre of Policy and Legal Reform will hold a press conference “How should the new Supreme Court look like: the survey results”, where the results of the opinion poll regarding expectations from the new Supreme Court (SC) will be released

1 december 2017

Newsletter of the CPLR for November 2017

The monthly newsletter of the CPLR is devoted to the analysis of the state reform, in particular in the areas of parliamentarism and elections, constitutional and judicial reform, civil service, anti-corruption, etc.

1 december 2017

Statement on non-constitutional National Referendum Law

The continued application of the undemocratic law which does not conform with Ukraine’s Constitution, poses a serious threat to democracy in Ukraine. Public authorities have failed to take actions on this key reform over the past year. For tangible progress to be made in the sphere, the following recommendations, stemming from the 2016 Save Referendum Forum’s Statement, must be considered and prioritized

24 november 2017

First results of the selection of new judges of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine

Only candidates from three parliamentary factions were allowed to participate in the competitive selection for two positions of judges of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine under the quota of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine

7 november 2017

Announcement for Media

On November 9 it will be held a press-conference "Selection of judges for  the Constitutional Court: the main dangers of the competition", where the CPLR will present completed  information on 6 candidates, one of whom will be appointed judge for the Constitutional Court on 13 November

6 november 2017

Ukrainian Law Enforcement Reform Digest for Septemer-October 2017

Digest is dedicated to the process of reform of law enforcement authorities in Ukraine, first of all of police, prosecution authorities, State Bureau of Investigation and criminal justice legislation. Prepared by the Association UMDPL and the CPLR

6 november 2017

Newsletter over October 2017

The monthly newsletter of the CPLR is devoted to the analysis of the state reform, in particular in the areas of parliamentarism and elections, constitutional and judicial reform, civil service, anti-corruption, etc. 

12 october 2017

Expert organizations call on members of the Parliament to finally start electoral reform

The signatory organizations of this statement urge the MPs of all factions to use the last opportunity and adopt amendments to the electoral legislation or assume political responsibility for the failure of the reform. We emphasize the need to renew dialogue with the non-governmental expert environment on changes in this area

11 october 2017

Anticorruption court: what leads Poroshenko to change a mind and further danger

It is evident that change of position of Presidential Administration is connected with the last finding of Venice Commission on two draft laws on anticorruption courts. It was given in the ‘Slovo i Dilo’, and which Deputy of the Head of the Board of the Centre of Policy and Legal Reform Roman Kuybida said, assessing an information that political party 'Block Petra Poroshenka’ had  an intention to introduce a draft law on foundation of anticorruption courts

10 october 2017

Roundtable 'Problems and perspectives in implementation of political party funding' on 9 October, 2017

The political party funding reform in Ukraine was launched back in 2015, and is currently undergoing the implementation stage. There are more than enough problems with its implementation: starting from attempts by certain Parliament members to revise it and ending with unwillingness on behalf of the government to finance political parties at the level required by the law

4 october 2017

Round-table on the “Problems and perspectives of the reform of political finances”

Round-table will be held from 14-00 to 17-00 on Monday, October 9, 2017 at the Information Agency “Ukrinform” (Kyiv, B. Khmelnitskiy Street, 8/16)

2 october 2017

Open Statement by the Center of Policy and Legal Reform to the President of Ukraine, the European Union, the Council of Europe, and donor states

Open Statement concerning the conduct of an international audit of the procedure of selection of judges to the Supreme Court

27 september 2017

Ukraine’s more accessible and independent Constitutional Court

More than two decades after its establishment, the Constitutional Court of Ukraine has struggled to shake of political control and to enforce constitutional standards. The latest reforms enhancing the accessibility of the Court and ensuring a more competitive appointment process lay the ground for an independent and effective arbiter. However, the lack of clarity and details may undermine the success of the Court and should therefore be addressed – writes member of the CPLR Board Julia Kyrychenko

19 july 2017

An every lawyer knows: parliamentary immunity must not be abolished, - Member of the CPLR Board Oleksandr Banchuck

112.ua asked citizens how deputies can be forced not to evade justice. The main thesis – to abolish parliamentary immunity.

13 july 2017

The Constitutional Court of Ukraine: The Problem of Guaranteeing Independence

Executive summary of the DRI briefing paper prepared by Yulia Kyrychenko, expert of the Centre of Policy and Legal Reforms

22 may 2017

Civil Participation in Decision Making in the Eastern Partnership Countries Part II: Practice and Implementation

There is the Council of Europe research on six Eastern Partnership Countries. Analytics of Ukrainian law-making process reality was made by the CPLR experts Victor Tymoshchuk and Yevgen Shkolnyi

17 may 2017

The Shadow Report on evaluating the effectiveness of state anti-corruption policy implementation

Prepared by the experts of the CPLR, Transparency International Ukraine and independent experts with the assistance of the International Renaissance Foundation the Shadow Report was published

27 april 2017

Conference ‘States and prospects of government reform in Ukraine’

On 27-th of April in 2017 the CPLR and Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine with government office for government services and RPR with support of the International Renaissance Foundation held a conference, devoted to an administrative reform.

14 april 2017

Executive Summary of the Shadow report on evaluating the effectiveness of state anti-corruption policy implementation

The Summary presents main conclusions formulated based on the results of public evaluation of the efficiency of state anti-corruption policy implementation

13 april 2017

Press-breakfast ‘Imitatio of fight: anti-corruption tale of Ukraine for 2016’

On the 13-th of April in 2017 a press-breakfast  was hold and devoted to a comprehensive assessment of action items for anticorruption policy, which governmental authorities realized in 2016. Brief news, received during the analysis

30 march 2017

Mykola Khavronyuk presented results from his Report subsequent to the results of statutory regulation of combatting corruption analysis in a system of justice

On the 30-th of March in 2017 Director of Scientifically development of the CPLR Mykola Khavronyuk took part in the event ‘A judicial power is free from a corruption: Presentation of results of the statutory regulation of combatting corruption analysis in a system of justice concerning to be in congruence with principles of independence and accountability of judges’