Political & Economics Department

The OHR Political Department provides advice to the High Representative on civilian peace implementation in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In this role it engages with a wide range of domestic and international interlocutors, including state, entity and intergovernmental institutions.

The Political Department serves as a focal point for coordinating international policy making in BiH, as well as for planning and implementation within OHR itself. The department is organised in four sections.

The Strategy and Planning Section provides background briefings, political analysis and advice on strategic options to the High Representative and his deputies. It also advises on general strategy and policy implementation.

The Government and Parliamentary Section liaises with BiH’s state and entity parliaments and governments, tracking legislation from the executive to the legislative bodies and lobbying on behalf of laws deemed crucial to the country’s transition towards Euro-Atlantic integration. This section also provides political analysis and briefing materials to the High Representative. The section consists of four small units dealing, respectively, with state institutions, Federation of BiH bodies, and Republika Srpska institutions.

The International Community Liaison Section prepares, together with OHR departments and other international organisations, meetings of the Peace Implementation Council Steering Board and the Board of Principals (which brings together the heads of the main international agencies in BiH). The section also provides necessary liaison with these international organisations. In addition, it organises the High Representative’s visits abroad and makes arrangements for dignitaries coming to BiH.

The POL/MIL Section provides strategic policy advice on security-sector reform to the High Representative and his deputies. The section is responsible for supervising two of OHR’s key projects, defence and intelligence reform, as well as for offering political and practical support in securing their realisation.

Economic unit

The Economic Unit advises the High Representative on developments related to the functionality and sustainability of Dayton institutions and on matters defined under the HR’s mandate and the 5+2 agenda. The Economic Unit maintains reporting, analytical and advisory role, and provides factual, comprehensive and strategic advice and support to the High Representative and the Peace Implementation Council Steering Board.

Security Sector Advisory Unit

Under the auspices of Annex 10 of the Dayton Peace Agreement, the High Representative maintains the Security Sector Advisory Unit (SSAU) to provide in-house political analysis and advice on the functioning of Dayton institutions in the fields of political-military affairs, defence, intelligence, and public security/law enforcement. Specifically the Unit monitors institutional stability and other developments in the above-mentioned fields that could adversely affect the political climate; provides in-house staff work on ad hoc issues requiring the attention of the High Representative; performs in-house analysis and processes information on serious security incidents that could raise political tensions or impact negatively on Dayton implementation. In line with the High Representative’s coordination function, SSAU maintains an extensive network of contacts with relevant domestic institutions and key multi-lateral and bi-lateral agencies active in BiH.

Legal Department

The primary role of the Legal Department is to provide legal advice to the High Representative and to the departments and units within the OHR, in particular on issues involving the interpretation of the General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina (GFAP) as well as on other international and domestic law matters. The Legal Department analyses draft legislation to ensure that it is consistent with Bosnia and Herzegovina’s constitutional framework and modern European standards and practice. As such, the Department plays a key role in the provision of legal service for all other OHR Departments.

Due to the important role of constitutional and legal arguments in the political and economic life of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Department also takes an active role in developing new solutions. To this effect, it works closely with domestic institutions at all levels of government, and oversees legal drafting process. The Department also supports other departments of the OHR in the implementation of reforms.

The staff of the Legal Department includes BiH lawyers and lawyers from overseas representing both the civil and common law traditions. The Legal Department is divided into a Civil and Commercial Law Unit, a Public and Administrative Law Unit, and a Legal Database Unit.

The Legal Database Unit maintains a Database of legal materials, producing periodic reports on the status of pending legislation, and maintaining relations with the Official Gazettes with a view to promoting the timely publication of legal enactment, preparing for publishing of the High Representative Decisions and other issues.

Press Office

The OHR Press Office presents OHR policies through interviews and briefings, press conferences, press releases and articles, and responds to inquiries from the local and international media. The aim is to provide the public with comprehensive information and thereby generate understanding and support for the peace process, both in Bosnia and Herzegovina and abroad. The Press Office also publishes essential texts relating to the peace process, maintains the OHR web site and runs public information campaigns to inform the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina of their rights and duties, and to promote reconciliation, tolerance, good governance and a civic society.

Resources Department

The Resources Department provides the necessary support infrastructure for the activities of the OHR and ensures that the OHR conforms to management and financial policies and procedures approved by the PIC Steering Board. The Resources Department comprises:

  1. Administrative Management Division
  2. Finance Management Division
  3. Security Division and
  4. Personnel Division

The Administrative Management Division comprises three sections: Logistics, Transport and Information and Communications Technology.

The Finance Management Division comprises three sections: Budget and Program Control, Accountancy and Treasury.

The Personnel Division combines Human Resources Unit and the Translator’s Unit.