The shift towards a democratic system in the early `90s and the transition to a parliamentary democracy led the need of adopting a new legislative package. On the top of the hierarchy of the Albanian legal system lies the Constitution of the Republic that established the governing of the rule of law in the country. The accession in the international organizations such as United Nations and Council of Europe, as well as the ratification of a number of international conventions among which the European Convention of Human Rights led to a continuous challenge: the consolidation of the rule of law in Albania. The rule of law aims to guarantee and respect human rights and fundamental freedoms without which any democratic system cannot survive. The consolidation of the rule of law is an ongoing process that requires determination and commitment not only from the three powers, legislative, judicial and executive, but also from all the other stakeholders of the society such as ordinary citizens, civil society organizations, universities etc. In this context, since its establishment, the European Centre has designed and implemented the Rule of Law Program, in the framework of which are implemented a considerable number of projects in the field.
Projects implemented in the framework of the Rule of Law Program:
Apr. 2019 – Nov. 2019 – The European Centre in Collaboration with KAS Rule of Law Programme for South East Europe are implementing the project ”Governance of the justice system: Focus on independence, accountability and transparency”. The project aims to contribute to the consolidation of the rule of law, through implementing the justice reform and promoting accountability to citizens.
Mar. 2018 – Nov. 2018 – The Centre in collaboration with KAS Rule of Law Program have implemented the project “ECHR versus Albania”. The project consisted in the organization of 4 capacity building initiatives with future judges and law students on the Strasbourg Court case-law standards versus Albania. The project implementation took place in Tirana.
2018- The European Centre in collaboration with KAS Albania implemented the project “Ameliorating the understanding and monitoring capacities of non-lawyer student in the implementation of the juridical reform”. There were organized 4 capacity building workshops in 4 regions.
2017 – 2018 – The European Centre in collaboration with the Canadian Fund for Local Initiatives is implementing the project “Strengthening the role of Civil Society, law students and media on advocating and monitoring the implementation of the juridical reform”.
This initiative aims to increase watch-dog and advocacy capacities of local NGOs and activists in the framework of monitoring the implementation of the juridical reform.
2017 – 2018 – The European Centre in collaboration ALTRI Center, with the support of USAID “Justice for All” Project, implemented the project “An independent and professional judiciary: I shall speak up now”. This project aimed to contribute in the information and legal education of the public on the vetting process which will re-evaluate all judges and prosecutors in the country. The Centre undertook a nationwide awareness campaign, with a special focus on how citizens can denounce corruption in the judiciary.
2016 – 2017 – The European Centre and the OSCE Presence in Albania implemented the project “Support the protection of children and minors from trafficking, exploitation” aimed to protect children from trafficking, exploitation and irregular migration in 5 municipalities. Among others, the project included the provision of capacity building to child protection professionals and facilitation of vocational training and employment opportunities for young people. The project aimed to establish regular local-level co-ordination to manage the assistance towards child victims and potential victims of trafficking, reduce the vulnerability of children and young people to trafficking and exploitation, while also affording adequate protection and assistance to child victims of trafficking and exploitation.
2016 – 2017 – The European Centre in collaboration with University of Vlora, Law Department (UVLD), supported by U.S.A Embassy in Tirana implemented the project “Strengthening of Legal Clinical Education is Access to Justice”. The project aimed to support the strengthening of the Clinical Legal Education Program at UVLD in order to ameliorate the application of one of the main principles of a democratic system: the access to justice.
2016 – The European Centre and Konrad Adenauer Foundation with the strong collaboration of the Magistrates School implemented the project “EU standards on juridical ethics”. In the framework of this project there were organized two trainings targeted for the juridical administration of different courts in Albania. The partners will follow-up this project in autumn 2016.
2015 – Clinical Education Program at the Faculty of Law University of Tirana” – was supported by Chemonics International INC. Albanian Justice Sector Strengthening Project (JuST) USAID. The European Centre facilitated the implementation of the project of JuST-USAID on the Clinical Education Program at the Faculty of Law University of Tirana. The Centre provided an efficient methodology and project management capacities to the JuST project concerning the Legal Clinic of Law Faculty, in order to implement in the best way the project objectives of JuST-USAID in this project.
2012 – The European Centre in collaboration with the Union of Judges of Albania and the Law Faculty “LUARASI” organized the high level conference “The reform of judicial system as one of the 12 priorities for the EU Integration”, which was implemented with the support of USAID Programme for Strengthening the Justice System in Albania (JuST) and the Open Society Foundation for Albania.
2012 “Improve yourself, help the community”– The project aimed at to support the achievement of a better protection of human rights of the Roma in Albania, by raising their understanding, quality and adequacy by the Roma and Non Roma student community. To achieve this goal, the project activities raised the capacities of young representatives of the Roma population in Albania and non-Roma students by helping them to address problems encountered by the Roma population from a human rights perspective, and to provide them tools to seek redress for the infringed human rights. The aim is to train Roma (and non-roma) students on application of the international human rights standards at domestic level.
2008-2010 – “Strengthen capacities and facilitate the assistance programs for the women penitentiary system in Ali Demi, Tirana” – This project was supported by AECID in cooperation with the General Directorate of Prisons of Albania. The project contributed on raising awareness of officials that work in these institutions in order implement in a right way the international standards regarding penitentiary system vulnerable target groups of the society, such as the women. The project aimed to promote gender balance and the reintegration of the convicted women in the work system and society in general.
2006-2008 – Implementation of a project to strengthen the capacities of the High Council of Justice, in cooperation with the High Council of Justice and supported by of AECI (General Sub-Directorate of Cooperation with the Mediterranean and Eastern Europe).This project funded by the EU contributed in increasing the level of independence of this institution in the direction of actions, professionalism and coherence.