Venice Commission adopts Joint Guidelines on Freedom of Association

18 Dec 2014 | by Caroline Sweeney

The European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR) adopted Joint Guidelines on Freedom of Association at the former’s  session on 12-13 December 2014. The Guidelines are primarily, but not exclusively, intended for use by legislators tasked with drafting laws that regulate or affect associations. They are also intended to serve public authorities, the judiciary, legal practitioners and others concerned with the exercise of the right to freedom of association, including associations and their members. The Guidelines are based on existing international standards and practice but have also been informed by a review of international and domestic practice conducted during the drafting process.  Jeremy McBride acted as an expert for OSCE/ODIHR in the drafting of the Guidelines.

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