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Ideology of CPLR

Vision

Ukraine is a European state built on the principles of respect for human rights, democracy, rule of law, and good governance.

The CPLR is not a classic human rights organization, but it is the value of human rights that determines the nature and purpose of the organization.

The Constitution of Ukraine, adopted in 1996, established high standards of human rights, the primacy of international law over national law, and established democratic institutions. However, it was clear that the adoption of the Constitution is only the first step, and its implementation requires a number of reforms in the political and legal sphere.

Since its inception and until now, the CPLR has focused on developing and facilitating reforms that will ensure democracy and the rule of law in Ukraine and lead our country to EU membership in the future.

According to the Copenhagen criteria, a state that aspires to be part of the European political community must ensure the stability of institutions that guarantee democracy, the rule of law, respect for human rights and the protection of minority rights.

  • Patriotism
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism and innovation
  • Independence and impartiality
  • Proactivity
  • Transparency
  • Mutual respect


Activities in these areas are the following forms of work:

1.

Development of state policy in a certain area of public law relations and promotion of its proper implementation, which includes: identification of problems of state and legal development; research of a condition of a problem, analytical forecasting; development of reform concepts; development of draft laws and other regulations; participation in working groups, commissions for drafting the bill; legal examination of bills, initiation of public campaigns to support the adoption of certain decisions; monitoring the implementation of adopted laws;


2.

Scientific and advisory activities for the purpose of theoretical substantiation of the proposed changes and communication of legal positions to decision-makers, which consists in: writing scientific and practical comments, practical manuals, textbooks, monographs, other scientific publications; facilitating the translation and publication of outstanding works of Western legal thought, as well as foreign sources of legislation; providing legal positions at the request of judges of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine; preparation of expert opinions at the request of ministries and other public authorities on the decisions they develop;


3.

Educational work to mobilize politicians, the public to solve common problems or to conduct training for specific target audiences, namely: conferences, seminars, round tables on specific issues; holding press conferences, participation in programs on relevant topics in the media; analytical journalism; conducting trainings on specific issues of an applied nature (for example, the establishment and operation of centers for the provision of administrative services, on litigation, electronic document management in public authorities, etc.); writing and distribution among citizens of brochures, other materials on the mechanisms of defending their rights in court, in relations with officials, etc.;


4.

Monitoring the activities of the authorities for compliance with the Constitution and laws of Ukraine, the obligations arising from membership in the Council of Europe, and the conditions of European integration, covering the following work: constant monitoring of the activities of political authorities in the legal sector; monitoring the implementation of the action plan for signing an association agreement with the EU, monitoring the decisions of courts (Constitutional, Supreme and Supreme Administrative – constantly, other courts – to the extent necessary to perform specific tasks); monitoring the development of public law; preparation and publication of monitoring reports; providing comments to the media with a legal assessment of political decisions and other events.



Governing bodies of the CPLR

Members of the Board of the Centre of Policy and Legal Reform:

  1. Ihor Koliushko, Constitutional and Administrative Law, politics and Public administration expert.  Head of the Board of the Centre of Policy and Legal Reform.
  2. Victor Tymoshchuk, PhD in Law, Administrative Law and Public administration expert, Deputy of the Head of the Board of the Centre of Policy and Legal Reform, senior researcher of the Institute of state and law of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.
  3. Roman Kuybida, PhD in Law, Judiciary law expert, Deputy of the Head of the Board of the Centre of Policy and Legal Reform, assistant professor of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.
  4. Mykola Khavroniuk, Doctor of Law, Criminal Law expert, expert of combatting corruption, Director of Scientifically development of the Centre of Policy and Legal Reform, member of the Board of the Centre of Policy and Legal Reform, professor of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, honored Lawyer of Ukraine.
  5. Juliya Kyrychenko, member of the Board, expert on the Constitution.

Executive Director — Mykola Stepanov.

General governing bodies: General Meeting and Supervisory Council.

Control body: Audit Committee.

Operational governance bodies: Board of the Centre; Head of the Board; Executive Director.

The body in charge of the general governing of CPLR is the Supervisory Council. Its decisions, adopted within its competences, are considered by the General Meeting of CPLR and are binding on the bodies, members and employees of CPLR.



The main achievements of the Centre of Policy and Legal Reform for 22 years


Constitution and parliamentarism

1.

Lobbying (1998-2002) for transparency of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, in particular filling the website www.zakon.gov.ua with bills submitted to the Parliament when they were not yet available on the Parliament’s website.


2.

Preparation of the Green and White Books of the constitutional reform, which contain, respectively, a list of problems of the Constitution of Ukraine and proposals for their solution.


3.

Active participation in improving the legislation and practice on freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of association, in particular participation in the draft Law on Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and Freedom of Association, in particular participation in the draft Law on Public Associations, adopted in 2012.


4.

Combating the unconstitutional powers of parliamentary political parties to exclude candidates for deputies of Ukraine from the electoral list of a political party after the publication of voting results, which were annulled by the Constitutional Court of Ukraine in 2017.


5.

Combating the unconstitutional Law “On All-Ukrainian Referendum”, adopted in 2012. It was repealed by the Constitutional Court of Ukraine in 2018. Development of a new draft Law “On All-Ukrainian Referendum”, which is being considered by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.


6.

Strengthening the independence of the constitutional judiciary through the monitoring of competitions for the positions of judges of the CCU, the activities of the CCU, information and educational activities.



Executive branch

1.

Participation in the creation of the Concept of Administrative Reform in Ukraine, approved by the President of Ukraine in 1998.


2.

Development of the Law “On Local State Administrations”, adopted in 1999.


3.

Development of the Law “On the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine”. CPLR experts have been fighting for its adoption since 1996. It has been approved by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine eight times and vetoed by the President of Ukraine. As a result, the law was adopted in 2008 (in 2010-2011 it was significantly damaged by the Yanukovych regime, but in 2014 it was largely returned to the previous version).


4.

Development in 2002 and advocacy of the draft Law “On Central Executive Bodies”. The law was adopted in 2011 with changes that generally worsened its quality.


5.

Development in 2008 of the Law “On Access to Public Information”, adopted in 2011 after a broad campaign by the media and NGOs.


6.

Participation in the development of concepts and package of draft laws on administrative-territorial reform and decentralization (2008-2009, 2014).


7.

Participation in the development and long-term (2005-2015) advocacy of the new Law “On Civil Service” (2015), which came into force on May 1, 2016. Preparation of scientific and practical commentary on it and assistance in its implementation.


8.

In 2016, the Government launched a reform of ministries aimed at introducing effective policy analysis and strategic planning in ministries. This reform has been advocated by the CPLR since 2005, and the Center is now actively working on its further implementation.


9.

Participation in the development of the draft Law “On Public Consultations” (submitted by the Government to the Parliament in 2019).



Administrative services and administrative procedure

1.

Development of the theory of administrative services and preparation of the draft Concept of reforming the system of administrative services (approved by the Government in 2006)


2.

Active participation in the preparation of the draft Law “On Administrative Services”, adopted in 2012


3.

Promoting the establishment of pilot centers for the provision of administrative services. About 100 trainings and other events for representatives of local governments to organize the work of CNAP. Ensuring public monitoring of the quality of administrative services.


4.

Since 1999 – leading participation in the preparation and advocacy of the bill on the general administrative procedure. It has already been sent to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine three times by the decision of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, but has not been approved yet. In 2018, more than 25 meetings of the working group of the Ministry of Justice were held with the active participation of CPLR experts.



Judging

1.

Preparation of the draft Law “On Access to Judgments”, adopted in 2005. On its basis, the Unified State Register of Judgments operates today.


2.

Development of the concept of creation of administrative courts in Ukraine and the Code of Administrative Procedure, adopted in 2005. A scientific and practical commentary to it has also been prepared.


3.

Participation in the development and advocacy of the draft Law “On the Prosecutor’s Office”, adopted in 2014.


4.

Participation in the development of amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine on justice (2016), provisions of the laws “On the Judiciary and the Status of Judges” (2014, 2015, 2016), “On the High Council of Justice” 2016. Thanks to CPLR experts creation of the Public Council of Integrity, measures to protect judicial independence.


5.

Advocacy for the establishment of the Supreme Anti-Corruption Court, participation in the preparation of regulatory and legal support for its activities.



Criminal justice

1.

Preparation and substantiation of the reform of the institute of administrative responsibility and the draft Code of Administrative Offenses.


2.

Active participation in the development of the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine, the Law “On Free Legal Aid”. Preparation of scientific and practical commentary to the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine.


3.

Assistance in the formation of the National Police: participation in the preparation of the Law “On the National Police” (2015), the Disciplinary Statute of the National Police (2018), the selection of patrol police officers.


4.

Development and advocacy of the adoption of the Law “On the State Bureau of Investigation” (2015).



Anti-corruption

1.

Participation in the preparation of the Law “On the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine” (2014), strengthening the institutional capacity of NABU and SAP through the provision of scientific and methodological recommendations, consultations to detectives and prosecutors, preparation of expert opinions, etc. Preparation of scientific and practical comments on the laws “On Principles of Prevention and Counteraction to Corruption”, “On Prevention of Corruption”.


2.

Participation in the development and advocacy of bills that enhance the effectiveness of anti-corruption policy and were part of the Action Plan on visa liberalization between Ukraine and the EU.


3.

Development of a methodology and subsequent anti-corruption expertise of several hundred bills, which allowed blocking the adoption of many bills that contain corruption-causing factors and / or are aimed at inhibiting anti-corruption reform.


4.

Preparation of alternative reports to assess the effectiveness of the implementation of state anti-corruption policy for the period from 2013 to 2018.


5.

Providing expert support to NAPC, CEC, courts and other state institutions on preventing and combating “political corruption” (participation in the development / revision of NAPC acts in this area, preparation of expert opinions, scientific and methodological recommendations, monitoring reports, etc.). Development of the draft Law “On Improving the System of Prevention and Combating Political Corruption”.



Information for the media



Contacts

Name

Position

E-mail

General mail all staff can read centre@pravo.org.ua
Ihor Koliushko the Head of the Board, expert on public law koliushko@pravo.org.ua
Victor Tymoshchuk the Deputy Head of the Board, expert on public administration vtymoschuk@gmail.com
Roman Kuybіda member of the Board, expert on judiciary kuybida@pravo.org.ua
Mykola Khavroniuk member of the Board, Director of Scientifically development of the CPLR, Criminal Law expert, expert of combating corruption kunorvahk@gmail.com
Mykola Stepanov executive director stepanov@pravo.org.ua
Svitlana Pravdyvets accountant buhgalter@pravo.org.ua
Dmytro Ukrainskyy deputy director, expert on the professions, professional government and legislative regulation of NGOs dmitro@pravo.org.ua
Yulіya Kyrychenko expert on the Constitution juliakyr@gmail.com
Tetyana Ruda expert on judiciary taniaruda@gmail.com
Yevgen Shkolnyy expert on public administration shkolniy@pravo.org.ua
Ksenia Ditchuk project manager k.ditchuk@pravo.org.ua
Ivan Holod communication manager holod@gmail.com
Viktoriia Novak assistant of the communication manager novak@pravo.org.ua