The Commission on Legal Affairs and International Relations is one of the four permanent commissions of the Parliamentary Assembly of Turkic States (TURKPA). The agenda of the Commission covers the issues of common interest among the member states in legal and international cooperation fields.
In 2011, the Commission on Legal Affairs and the Commission on International Relations were established as two separate permanent commissions within the Assembly. In 2014, the meeting of the Council of Assembly held within the framework of the Fifth Plenary Session of TURKPA in Baku, took decision on restructuring the permanent commissions of the Assembly and the Commission on Legal Affairs and the Commission on International Relations were merged into a single permanent commission with its current name – Commission on Legal Affairs and International Relations.
Each of TURKPA permanent commissions is comprised of eight members (two parliamentarians from each member state). Chairs and vice-chairs of the permanent commissions are elected at plenary sessions of TURKPA for three-year terms.
Permanent commissions consider the issues within their areas of cooperation and work out documents in the form of reports and recommendations submitted to plenary sessions. At the same time, the commissions carry out the work on elaboration of draft model laws on the subjects of mutual interest to facilitate the process of harmonization and approximation of national legislation of the member states.