In the 21 and 22 of July, was organized the two-days training for the judges of the Court of the Appeals in Albania, as a continuation training program of the School of Magistrates.  The central topic of the training consisted on: “Assistance on the better protection of the information right through the implementation of the ECHR standards in the Albanian Courts”. The trainings were held accordingly to the implementation of the project between the European Centre and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Regional, Rule of Law Program in the Eastern European Countries, with the cooperation of the School of Magistrates in Albania.  They offered a great opportunity for the judges of the Court of Appeals to know in depth the jurisprudence of the court related to Article 10 (freedom of expression) of the European Court of Human Rights and as well as some of the ongoing cases.

The relevant topics presented by the honorable judges of the European Court of Human Rights and the Lecturer at the Law Faculty at the University of Tirana were:

Mrs. Angelika Nussberger – the German Judge at ECtHR, “ Article 10 of ECHR- a balance between the individual identity rights and the freedom of expression”.

Mrs. Ledi Bianku- the Albanian Judge at ECtHR, “Common problems of the applicability of Article 10 ECHR: general overview on the Court’s jurisprudence.”

Mrs. Evis Alimehmeti- Head of the Public Law Department at the Faculty of Law, University of Tirana, “ The right to information as a part of Article 10 ECHR.”

The aim of the training was to bring closer to the judges the jurisprudence of the ECtHR on Article 10. The cases were selected among various ones, because they represented a certain importance for those who work daily on human rights but also for the national judges, so they can better understand and apply the standards offer by ECtHR. The cases referred in the trainings, were a form of precedent on their own, since they opened to path towards establishing common standards. The judges of ECtHR offered their expertise and their personal experience on the cases that they have dealt with during their mandate. They referred to the cases in Albanian, so they could be understandable by all the participants and were careful when explaining the characteristics applied in each case, since the freedom of speech is so closely related and contrasted with the freedom of personal life, family life or the freedom of religion.

The trainings were concluded by some comments and personal cases of the judges of the Court of the Appeals in Tirana, as well as some study-cases related to Article 10 of European Convention of Human Rights, introduced by the Judge Ledi Bianku.

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