The Council on Governmental Ethics Laws (Cogel) is a North American professional association that brings together individuals, agencies and organizations responsible for or concerned about governmental ethics, elections, financing campaigns, the regulation of lobbying, and regulations in the field of public hearings and reporting.
Cogel members benefit from a privileged information exchange network allowing them to stay informed of key developments and trends related to governmental ethics, elections, financing campaigns and lobbying.
Cogel offers various services to its members, including a subscription to its quarterly newsletter The Guardian, access to a research service, a library and a document lending service (documents produced by members).
Cogel began its activities in 1974 in the United States. The Directeur général des élections du Québec has been a member of Cogel since 1981 and hosted the 1987 annual conference. Over the years, members of his staff have served as Steering Committee members.
The annual conference is held once a year and deals with subjects associated with ethics, lobbyism and electoral processes. The conferences also allow members to meet with their counterparts and to forge ties with them.