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MYLA started producing documents shortly after it started providing legal aid and legal education. However, through legal aid and education, we have acquired relevant data and statistics that support our advocacy efforts and the interests and goals represented by the association. By drafting legal opinions, research and analysis, MYLA has become relevant in affecting public opinion on topics such as free legal aid, discrimination, asylum and migration, etc. We are part of working groups for complimentary amendments and adoption of new legal provisions, working bodies or national committees that manage programs and affairs such as human trafficking, protection of the rights of stateless persons, etc.

Legal Analyses


  1. Research methods


In order to produce quality legal analyses, various sources and methods are used-  primary (laws and bylaws, international documents, interviews, etc.) and secondary sources (already prepared analysis, research, legal literature, etc.) such as:


  • Descriptive method: Descriptive research indicates the current status of cases. However, this method does not dwell on cause discovery for the occurrence of the phenomenon or the situation being researched. The specific research will describe the institutional set-up and competencies of different levels of authority, as prescribed by law. Descriptive research uses a variety of methods, including comparative and correlational methods.


  • Comparative method: The comparative method is based on a comparison of previously identified and explained systems on the researched topic, in the countries of interest, which should serve as good practices. A combined approach is most commonly used by linking the functional and structural methods into the legal comparative research. The functional method as a way of conducting comparative analysis looks at “the current social problem and the way in which it is similarly or differently resolved in various jurisdictions, thus rendering similar or different outcomes.” On the other hand, the structural method provides an overview of how individual norms and legislation are integrated into the more general system.

Legislation and Public Policies


  1. Advocacy for the improvement of legislation and public policies


MYLA’s long-term work in free legal aid, anti-discrimination and protection of vulnerable categories of persons resulted in the recognition of MYLA’s expertiseby the community and relevant institutions.


Activities include MYLA’s participation in working groups for preparation and amendment of primary and secondary legislation, assistance in drafting regulations, and networking with other organizations in order to advocate for the improvement of certain public policies.


Aditionally, MYLA regularly monitors changes in legislation through digital tools offered by the state (such as ENER) and submits comments and recommendations to improve the proposed legal solutions.  So far MYLA has submitted comments and recommendations for more than 10 laws and other processes, in which it has not participated as a result of any of the following activities.


Laws and processes in which MYLA has sent a document with accompanying comments and recommendations are as follows: 1) Law on Primary Education, 2) Law on Secondary Education, 3) Law on Persons without Regulated Civil Status, 4) Law on Foreigners, 5) Law on labor relations, 6) Law on Social Protection, 7) Law on Child Protection, 8) Law on Protection and Prevention of Domestic Violence, 9) Criminal Code, 10) Law on Internship, 11) Law on Food Safety, 12) Law on Amnesty, 13) Report on the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, 14) Law on Expertise, 15) Rulebook on orthopedic and other medical devices, 16) Action plan for implementation of the Istanbul Convention, etc.


A) Participation in working groups


To date, MYLA has participated in the preparation and amendment of several laws affecting the beneficiaries to whom the Association provides legal aid and offers advice, as follows:


– Law on Free Legal Aid


– Law on Prevention and Protection against Discrimination


– Law on Prevention and Protection from Violence against Women and Domestic Violence


– Law on Juvenile Justice


– Law on Litigation Procedure


– Attorney’s Law


– Bar Exam Act


– Vetting process in the Ministry of Interior


– Bylaw for reporting violence, abuse, and neglect in primary schools