Report

Flexible Labour in Inflexible Environment: Reforms of Labour Market Institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina in Comparative Perspective

Mirna JusićFlexible Labour in Inflexible Environment: Reforms of Labour Market Institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina in Comparative Perspective
2015

In the light of current socio-economic reforms in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), policy study “Flexible Labour in Inflexible environment” analyzes current trends, the dynamics and important institutes of BiH labor market in a comparative perspective.

Commentary

The Specifics of Proving Mobbing in Civil Proceedings

Mario Reljanović
2015

Commentary written by Mario Reljanović aims to show the key parameters for proving mobbing in civil proceedings, which is of great importance since their correct understanding and application in civil proceedings may guarantee better legal practice in this field.

Open Government Guide – "Open Government Data" and "Records Management"

2015

Open Government Guide contains practical guidelines for developing action plans for implementation of Open Government Partnership initiative. This is the result of work done by several civil society organizations gathered around the Transparency & Accountability Initiative.

Blog

Transparent research and accessible data: A trend to pay attention to

Tea Hadžiristić
2015

New trends in research and data transparency are evidence of the way that technology has influenced the academic world.  Namely, the latest topic on the minds of social scientists has been the so-called DA-RT initiative – short for Data Access and Research Transparency. DA-RT is an attempt to address shortfalls in social science research, including a lack of transparency, a lack of replicable research results, lax methodological tools, and the effects that these shortcomings have on the legitimacy of the discipline itself. Political scientist Andrew Moravcsik has been one of the most prominent advocates of the initiative, suggesting that new technologies necessitate social scientists to actively ensure transparency in their research. He suggests that research transparency is crucial to lending the discipline credibility with peers and the public, and that focusing on replicable results will lead to social science being taken more seriously.

Policy brief

The right of access to information in BiH: Towards effective institutional design

2015

The right of access to information in Bosnia and Herzegovina is not adequately protected, since the institutions in charge of overseeing the implementation of laws on freedom of information in BiH do not have strong control mechanisms or the resources to carry out supervision in this area.

This is one of conclusions of policy brief "The right of access to information in BiH: Towards effective institutional design", which analyzes how monitoring and enforcement of laws on freedom of information in BiH has been solved institutionally, as well as weak points of the current system.

Blog

Post-2015 EU accession of the Western Balkans: Is travelling more important than arriving?

Tea Hadžiristić
2015

Since Croatia’s accession to the European Union in 2013, the prospects of EU membership of the rest of the Balkans (the ‘Western Balkans’) have been unclear, and some may argue that the process has stalled. Indeed, the EU seems to be suffering from what is often called ‘enlargement fatigue’, with their enthusiasm for enlargement tempered by the economic crisis, worries of individual member states about migration and overburdening of the welfare state, and subpar experiences in previous accession rounds (such as the entry of Bulgaria and Romania before they were strictly ready and the evident problems in adhering to the EU acquis).

Blog

Ten ethical principles for public policy research

Emir Efendić
2015

Conducting research in the domain of public policy inevitably implies concerns of an ethical nature. Such questions, among others, can relate to research participants, potential conflicts of interest among researchers, authors, or publishers, their approach to data, respect of copyrights, as well as respect for methodological assumptions and duties geared towards quality of research. Equally, public policy research should respect basic ethical principles that are usually applied in other fields of scientific research and market research analysis.

Policy brief

Transparent Public Procurement in Bosnia and Herzegovina: A New Solution for an Old Problem

2015

This policy brief offers insight into the main obstacles to transparency in public procurement, especially in the light of international standards and comparative practice, primarily focusing on the existing legal and institutional solutions in this area.

Report

Transparent Public Procurement in BiH: Between Theory and Practice

2015

This policy report aims to analyze the extent to which the legal framework in Bosnia and Herzegovina ensures transparency in the entire procurement process, from the planning stage to the execution of the contract.

Policy Memo

Labor Market Reforms in BiH: Flexibility without Security?

2015

This Policy Memo points to the current debates and experiences of other European countries in the domain of labor market, with particular reference to the debate on flexibility and security, which can be used to better understand the current situation and help define the approach to reforms in BiH.

Report

Analysis of Legal Protection in Public Procurement Procedures in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Stanka Pejaković
2015

The aim of this study is to find answers to the question whether the existing legal framework in BiH meets the requirements of efficient legal protection in public procurement procedures from the perspective of the relevant EU legal standards. In this sense, the study suggests the direction of a possible legal intervention which could improve the legal protection rules in public procurement procedures in BiH with regard to the relevant European and comparative law.

Policy Memo

Recommendations for Improvement of Legal Protection in Public Procurement Procedures in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Stanka Pejaković
2015

This policy memo aims to point to some of the key weaknesses in the legal framework which regulates legal protection in public procurement procedures in BiH and, on the other hand, offers recommendations in a sense of overcoming the observed weaknesses.

Policy Memo

Recommendations for Improving the Anti-discrimination Law

2015

Analitika’s new Policy Memo aims to highlight the key shortcomings that should be remedied in the context of the upcoming activities related to the amendments to the Law on Prevention of Discrimination and offers a series of recommendations on how this could be done. All recommendations were formulated primarily from the perspective of what was in the best interest of the victims of discrimination and how to stimulate the effective use of mechanisms of judicial protection and protection of the Institution of Human Rights Ombudsman of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Commentary

Residence as Grounds of Discrimination: How Much of Difference in Treatment is Permitted?

Aleksandra Ivanković
2015

Analitika’s new Commentary covers the complex issue of discrimination on the territorial basis. The Commentary points that the instruments providing protection against discrimination generally need to be flexible enough to be able to respond to changing circumstances and new forms of differential treatment of citizens, but also that judicial authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina yet have to come up with the right answers to the many and complex questions raised in terms of territorial affiliation as one of the grounds of discrimination.

Commentary

Basic principles and proving of "other forms of discrimination" under the Law on Prohibition of Discrimination

Aleksandra Ivanković
2015

Analitika's new Commentary aims to highlight the key specifics of other forms of discrimination and their proving, which judges, but also the representatives of the victims of discrimination, should have in mind in the court proceedings for protection from discrimination.

Policy Memo

How To Approach Open Government Partnership Action Planning for BiH?

2015

After September 24, 2014, when Bosnia and Herzegovina joined the Open Government Partnership (OGP) as its 65th member, the country is expected to develop an action plan that identifies priorities and activities in the area of transparent and accountable governance, citizen participation in decision-making processes, and the use of new technologies and innovation to increase the openness of government.

Policy brief

Local Communities in Bosnia and Herzegovina: The Potential of Neglected Institutions

Mirna Jusić
2015

Results of research on local communities (mjesne zajednice - LCs) in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), presented in this policy brief, suggest that participation in a variety of local issues are of direct relevance to the needs of the community. The research also points to the different possible roles that LCs could perform depending on the needs of the community.

Commentary

The Burden of Proving Direct and Indirect Discrimination

Boris Topić
2015

The key improvement when the Law on Prohibition of Discrimination was adopted was the provision according to which the burden of proof (that discrimination did not occur) transfers to the defendant if the plaintiff manages to demonstrate the existence of assumption or likelihood of discrimination in a concrete case. However, available reports on anti-discrimination court proceedings in Bosnia and Herzegovina indicate that domestic courts introduce very high threshold plaintiffs must reach in order to shift the burden of proof on the defendant, or even completely ignore this important principle by applying general rules of civil procedure in cases related to discrimination as well, despite the more favorable provision of the LPD.

Discussion Paper

Public Institutions and Proactive Disclosure of Information in Bosnia and Herzegovina: How to Turn Exceptions into Rules

Dino Jahić
2015

Access to information legislation in BiH has not defined the obligation of public institutions to publish relevant public information on their own initiative, without specific requests by citizens, which lags behind international standards. However, the research has shown that, despite the lack of adequate legislation and organised systematic approach to this matter, some of the institutions on the state level have made significant results in proactive disclosure of information.

Policy brief

Public Institutions and the Internet: Policies and Practice in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Nevena RšumovićTarik JusićPublic Institutions and the Internet: Policies and Practice in Bosnia and Herzegovina
2014

Despite the increase in the number of Internet users in Bosnia and Herzegovina, policies and practices of web presence of public institutions in this country only partially correspond to international standards and trends, what, ultimately, has a negative impact on the overall transparency and openness of public institutions.