Ukrainian law is different from British and American law. The difference consists of the absence of precedent and the codification of laws. The Ukrainian legal system is romano-germanic, and the main feature is the supremacy of the law. The main sources of the law are the codes, laws, and sublegislative acts.
Ukraine is a parliamentary democracy with separate executive, judicial, and legislative branches. The president nominates the prime minister, who must be confirmed by the parliament. The 450-member parliament (Supreme Rada) initiates legislation, ratifies international agreements, and approves the budget.
Shortly after becoming independent, Ukraine named a parliamentary commission to prepare a new constitution and adopted a multiparty system and legislative guarantees of civil and political rights for national minorities. A new, democratic constitution was adopted on June 28, 1996. It mandates a pluralistic political system with protection for basic human rights and liberties.