Trafficking in Women: Regional Law and Standards
last updated September 1, 2005

At the regional level, the Council of Europe and the European Union are the two institutions that draft legally binding law on trafficking in persons, which would be applicable to some of the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.  In addition, both the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe create what can be termed politically-binding documents which form anti-trafficking policy and standards for the region.  More information about the European Human Rights system, human rights documents and enforcement mechanisms can be accessed from the International Law section of this site.