On 10 December, Civil Rights Defenders in Tirana, in cooperation with European Centre, organised the 9th Albanian Moot Court Competition. It has brought together students of law faculties from across country, as well as representatives of the local judiciaries.

Moot Court Competition by Civil Rights Defenders in Albania was first organised in 2014 and is inspired by the Nordic Moot Court model, whose tradition goes back to 1984. The competition includes written briefs and trial simulations before a panel of Judges of the European Court of Human Rights dealing with topical human rights issues.

This year eleven teams of students of law faculties from Tirana, Vlora, Elbasan and Durrës, took part in the event, competing for the prestigious title. Team Virtus from University of Vlora “Ismail Qemali” has become the winner, and will participate next year in the Regional Moot Court Competition, which is expected to take place in May next year in Podgorica, Montenegro.

Topic of the case, on which teams were working this year, was focused on Protection of privacy and personal data. As every year, participants have received an opportunity to practice their competencies in human rights laws and present a case in a real court setting.

We are wishing luck to all participants in their future law careers, and of course, we are wishing luck to team Virtus from University of Vlora “Ismail Qemali” in preparation for the next stage of the competition next year, which will also include other teams from across Southeast Europe.


About Civil Rights Defenders

Civil Rights Defenders (, founded in 1982, is an international non-governmental human rights organisation with a head office in Sweden, and offices and employees in prioritised countries. We partner with and support human rights defenders who work in some of the world’s most repressive regions on four continents. Through advocacy, litigation, and public campaigns, we advance people’s rights globally.


About European Centre Foundation

The European Centre is an independent organization, founded on June 14, 1999, in Tirana, Albania. Our mission is to contribute to the consolidation of the rule of law, through the respect and promotion of European human rights standards in Albania and the region. The center has designed and implemented four main programs in fulfillment of its mission and objectives, which are: Rule of Law; Human rights; European integration; as well as Democracy & Good Governance. During the implementation of our projects, we focus on the inclusiveness of society especially disadvantaged groups. Since the establishment, we have been partners of constitutional institutions in the country, national and international organizations, as well as the European Court for Human Rights. The center is part of the Commission Ad Hoc of Civil Society in the framework of the implementation of the reform in justice, the European Network for the Execution of Decisions- Strasbourg and the “Justice for All” Coalition. With one experience of more than 22 years, the Center’s marathon in the protection of human rights has no ‘deadline’.

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