About the database

Welcome to the Libyan security sector legal database

The Libyan security sector legal database provides up-to-date access to current, revoked, and draft legislation governing the security sector. It covers the period from the independence of Libya in 1951 to date. DCAF has collected more than 500 legal texts (constitutions, constitutional amendments, laws, regulations, decrees, decisions, 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 Libya. 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.

In order to provide a better understanding of the evolution of legal texts that are currently in force, the database provides a track-record system of the original text, the amendments made to it, and the updated text that is currently in force. In addition, the legal database shows which texts have been published in the Official Gazette and which have not.


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. For official reference, please refer to the scanned Arabic version of the texts available on the website of the Official Gazette, which shall prevail over all transcribed versions of the Arabic texts and informal English translations.



The creation of this database would not have been possible without the generous support from the donors of the Trust Fund for North Africa.

 DCAF Trust Fund