Constitutional order

 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

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

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

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

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

29 november 2016

Judiciary reform in effect: what changes should citizens, judges and lawyers wait for?

The CPLR Constitutional law project manager  Yulia Kyrychenko participated in a public discussion ‘Judiciary reform in effect: what changes should citizens, judges and lawyers wait for?’ in Dnipro city on December 27-28, 2016

15 november 2016

The Coordination Board for assistance in development of civil society

Head of the CPLR Board Ihor Koliushko become a member of newly created the Coordination Board for assistance in development of civil society. By the Presidential edict from November 4 of 2016 the Coordination Board has been advisory and consultative body of the President

30 june 2016

Analytical Brief by CPLR and RPR on Conducting the Constitutional Reform (June 2016)

The constitutional reform is underway in Ukraine, involving constitutional amendments in 3 areas: human rights, decentralization and reform of the judiciary.

21 june 2016

CPLR and RPR congratulate on the 20th anniversary of the Constitution and invite to the concert-performance “Chronicle. The Constitution”

Together we will turn constitutionalism into ideology of our society and the state. Constitution as Key to the Country’s Success!

31 may 2016

Analytical Brief by CPLR and RPR on Conducting the Constitutional Reform (May 2016)

The constitutional reform is underway in Ukraine, involving constitutional amendments in 3 areas: human rights, decentralization and reform of the judiciary. Furthermore, a Draft Law No. 4357 “On amendments to Article 78 of the Constitution of Ukraine on creating preconditions for stable and effective work of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine” was registered in the Parliament. It is not the result of the Constitutional Commission's work. Amendments to the Article 78 of the Constitution have been presented due to a temporary political interest.

30 april 2016

Analytical Brief by CPLR and RPR on Conducting the Constitutional Reform (16-30 April 2016)

The constitutional reform is underway in Ukraine, involving constitutional amendments in 3 areas: human rights, decentralization and reform of the judiciary.

15 april 2016

Analytical Brief by CPLR and RPR on Conducting the Constitutional Reform (01-15 April 2016)

The constitutional reform is underway in Ukraine, involving constitutional amendments in 3 areas: human rights, decentralization and reform of the judiciary. Unfortunately, so far the amending process in terms of ensuring the balance of powers has not been initiated. However, on 1 April, a Draft law “On amendments to article 78 of the Constitution of Ukraine on creating preconditions for stable and effective work of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine” No 4357 was registered in the Parliament. 

31 march 2016

Analytical Brief by CPLR and RPR on Conducting the Constitutional Reform (16-31 March 2016)

The constitutional reform is underway in Ukraine, involving constitutional amendments in three areas: human rights, decentralization and justice reform. Unfortunately, so far the process for amending the Constitution with respect to ensuring the balance of powers has not been initiated.

25 march 2016

To the people of the Netherlands

The Ukrainians are commemorating the events which took place in Kyiv exactly two years ago: the pinnacle of the Revolution of Dignity (also known as Euromaidan), bloodshed and deaths of more than a hundred of peaceful protesters.

16 march 2016

Analytical Brief by CPLR and RPR on Conducting the Constitutional Reform (01-15 March 2016)

The constitutional reform is underway in Ukraine, involving constitutional amendments in 3 areas: human rights, decentralization and reform of the judiciary. Unfortunately, so far the amending process in terms of ensuring the balance of powers has not been initiated.

29 february 2016

Analytical Brief by CPLR and RPR on Conducting the Constitutional Reform (February 2016)

The constitutional reform is underway in Ukraine, involving constitutional amendments in 3 areas: human rights, decentralization and reform of the judiciary.

31 january 2016

Analytical Brief on Conducting Constitutional Reform (January 2016)

The constitutional reform is underway in Ukraine, involving constitutional amendments in 3 areas: human rights, decentralization and reform of the judiciary. The draft amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine (on decentralization of powers) focusing on administrative and territorial reform and local government reform originated with the Presidential Administration, and were approved by the 8th convocation of the Ukrainian Parliament. The draft amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine (on reform of the judiciary) were also submitted to the Parliament by the President of Ukraine. The Constitutional Court ruled compliance of these amendments with the Constitution of Ukraine (Articles 157 and 158). However, it has not been considered by the Parliament yet and needs re-consideration by the Constitutional Court of Ukraine.

15 january 2016

ANNOUNCEMENT: Presentation of the “ConstitutiON” information campaign

On 22 January 2016, the Day of Unity of Ukraine, at 12:00 at #Mediahub (4/6 Suvorova Street), civil society organizations announce launch of a large-scale public discussion of constitutional amendments and kick-start of a nationwide info-campaign for protection of the Constitution.

15 december 2015

Essay Contest “Where am I and the ConstitutiON”

The winners will receive the diplomas, a study visit to the Parliament of Ukraine (Verkhovna Rada), an internship in a leading think tank Сentre of Policy and Legal Reform and a public coalition Reanimation Package of Reforms to help with bringing their ideas to life.

22 october 2015

Reanimation Package of Reforms proposes to reform the judiciary system and the ranks of judges through amending the Constitution of Ukraine

The proposal put forward by the Reanimation Package of Reforms (hereinafter RPR) involves creating a new three-tier judicial system with an open and transparent competition for appointment of judges to each position. This proposal is aimed at ensuring the right to a fair trial, as guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights.

15 july 2014

Opinion by a group of researchers and public experts on the Draft Law on Amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine No. 4178а dated June 26, 2014

The Draft Law “On Amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine” No. 4178а (the Draft Law) was submitted to the Verkhovna Rada on June 26, 2014, by the President of Ukraine, who defined it as “urgent.” On July 2, 2014, an updated version of the draft, with two provisions added thereto, was registered, substituting for the previous one.

23 june 2014

Current requirements and recommendations on constitutional reform in Ukraine of the Parliamentary Assembly and Venice Commission

Current requirements and recommendations on constitutional reform in Ukraine of the Parliamentary Assembly and Venice Commission

23 january 2014

Legal opinion of the Centre for Political and Legal Reforms on the “laws” of 16 January 2014

On January 16, 2014, members of the parliament from the Party of Regions and the Communist Party, as well as individual MPs not associated with a political party, after the adoption of the law, “On the State Budget of Ukraine for 2014” incorporated unscheduled amendments into the agenda and "adopted" a number of other "laws", including

21 january 2014

Statement on events in Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on 16 January 2014

Members of two parliamentary factions in power voted on 16 January 2014 for the draft law №3 879 “On changes to the Law of Ukraine “On judiciary and status of judges” and procedural laws on additional security measures for public safety” and nine other draft laws.

17 september 2013

Constitutional amendments: How to avert the threat to judicial independence

However “non-democratic” it may sound, neither parliaments, nor people should participate in forming the judiciary. The president may only formally appoint a judge based on the results of the competitive selection and he may not have any influence on the judge’s carreer.

20 june 2013

Proposals of NGO Coalition “For Fair Referendum” regarding improvement of regulation of referendums in Ukraine

We, the nongovernmental organizations Center for Political and Legal Reforms, Ukrainian Independent Center for Political Research, Center.UA, Agency for Legislative Initiatives, Electoral Law Institute,

29 april 2013

Position of the Coalition of non-governmental organizations "For Fair Referendum” on the political and legal evaluation of the law "On Ukrainian referendum” and ways to avoid its implementation

Section I  Political and legal evaluation of the Law "On Ukrainian referendum" On November 6-th, 2012 the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the Law of Ukraine    "On national referendum", exceeding their authority and violating the procedure determined by the Constitution of Ukraine and the Rules of Procedure of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.