About the database

Welcome to the Palestinian security sector legal database.

The Palestinian security sector legal database provides up-to-date access to current, revoked, and draft legislation governing the security sector. It covers the period from around 1995 till our day. DCAF has collected more than 200 legal texts (laws, regulations, decrees, decisions, decree laws, etc.) that are currently being digitalized.

The database provides core security providers, government, legislators, judicial authorities, supervisory institutions, civil society, and media with direct and accurate access to the legal framework governing the security sector in Palestine. This will strengthen both formal and informal oversight of the security sector according to democratic principles and the Rule of Law.

What does this database contain?


The database covers regulations pertaining to core security and justice providers (armed forces, police, intelligence services, courts, penitentiary and correctional facilities, etc.). It also covers the institutions responsible for the formal control and oversight of the security sector (the government and its ministries, parliament, etc.). In addition, it includes legislation regulating the roles of informal oversight institutions (civil society organisations, political parties, media, etc.). Finally, the database includes international cooperation agreements on security, defence, and human rights issues.


Disclaimer and liability


Great efforts have been made to ensure that this database is as complete and accurate as possible. It is however important to note that this is a work in progress and hence not all the texts that have been collected are digitalized and made available online.

DCAF disclaims all responsibility for any potential legal effects and other consequential damages that may result from information or errors contained in this database. DCAF cannot be held liable for claims or misunderstandings arising from the content of this database.


The creation of this database would not have been possible without the generous support of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany.