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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.  

Policy brief

Regulation of Mobbing in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Context of the Law on Prohibition of Discrimination

Mario Reljanović
2015

Fight against discrimination and mobbing has resulted in the adoption of specific legislation in almost all European countries in recent decades. However, the complex problem of mobbing is insufficiently regulated in BiH legislation, not only because of theoretically unfounded regulatory approach based on complete equalisation of discrimination and harassment at work, but also because of a number of normative gaps in the current legal framework.

Report

Mapping of Key Obstacles to Equal Participation of Private Companies in Public Procurement in Bosnia and Herzegovina

2015

Center for Social Research Analitika published a report entitled “Mapping of Key Obstacles to Equal Participation of Private Companies in Public Procurement in Bosnia and Herzegovina” based on findings of research conducted during 2014, with the aim of mapping the main obstacles faced by private companies in the public procurement in BiH.

Policy brief

Key Problems in Public Procurement in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Experiences of Private Companies

2015

Policy brief “Key Problems in Public Procurement in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Experiences of Private Companies” summarizes the key findings of research conducted with the aim of mapping the main obstacles to the participation of private companies in public procurement procedures in BiH.

Commentary

Queer Festival Case: Freedom of Assembly and the Prohibition of Discrimination

Boris Topić
2015

Violence against members of the first Sarajevo Queer Festival was the reason for the Organization Q to refer the appeal to the Constitutional Court of BiH because of the failure of the authorities to provide adequate measures for the protection of their rights guaranteed by the Constitution of BiH and the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, but also because of inefficient investigation and identification and sanctioning of offenders.

Commentary

Mistaken Logic in Proving of Anti-Discrimination Proceedings: The Case of the Supreme Court of FBiH

Aleksandra Ivanković
2015

The author Ivanković-Tamamović, using the case of Janja Martina Katović against the Glamoč municipality, points at the inaccurate implementation of discrimination legislation and rules of proving in antidiscrimination cases of the Supreme Court of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Report

Local Communities in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Challenges and Prospects for Institutional Development

Mirna Jusić
2014

The research presented in this study was conducted in order to systematically learn about the countrywide practices of local communities in BiH, and to offer broad recommendations for improving local community work in BiH.