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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.

Since independence in 1991, Ukraine has done little to reform the style of governance created during Soviet rule. New constitutional amendments by President Poroshenko offer the chance to change that. However fears that decentralization will serve big business and separatists in the east mean some in Ukraine want to stall the process. This would be wrong. It is urgent that decentralization proceed in a careful, transparent and participatory way.

The Centre of Policy and Legal Reform is a Ukrainian think-tank established in 1996. The CPLR is a non-governmental, non-profit and non-party organization. Our mission is to facilitate institutional reforms in Ukraine for strengthening democracy, rule of law, and good governance.

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

The Centre of Policy and Legal Reform is a Ukrainian think-tank established in 1996. The CPLR is a non-governmental, non-profit and non-party organization. Our mission is to facilitate institutional reforms in Ukraine for strengthening democracy, rule of law, and good governance.

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