Call for tenders: consultancy services - "Strengthening independence and accountability of the judiciary"

16 September 2019 Belgrade

Within the framework of the European Union/Council of Europe Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey II, the Council of Europe is currently implementing the Action “Strengthening independence and accountability of the judiciary in Serbia”. In that context, it is looking for...

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First Steering Committee meeting of the “Strengthening the quality and efficiency of justice in Kosovo*” Action held in Pristina

16 September 2019 Pristina

The First Steering Committee meeting of the “Strengthening the quality and efficiency of justice in Kosovo” (KoSEJ II) Action took place on 11 September 2019 at the Council of Europe Office in Pristina. Members and observers had the opportunity to discuss thoroughly key aspects of the Action...

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Working group meeting on drafting the National Strategy for the Development of the Penitentiary System in North Macedonia

13 September 2019 Skopje

A working group meeting on drafting the new National Strategy for the Development of the Penitentiary System in North Macedonia took place on 12-13 September 2019 in Skopje. The working group members shared their experience on the implementation of the current National Strategy (2015-2019),...

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Successful finalisation of the human rights legal course for law students in Tirana and Durrës

29 May 2019 Tirana and Durrës

Over 500 Albanian students have successfully completed the human rights course on application of the European Convention on Human Rights. The course was implemented during the second semester of Bachelor and Master Programme students in Tirana and Durrës law faculties (in March-April 2019). The...

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Ethical counselling visits to the basic courts in Montenegro

28 May 2019 Niksic, Berane, Bar

Three counselling visits of the members of the Ethical committee of the Judicial Council to the Basic Courts in Nikšić, Basic Court in Berane and Basic Court in Bar were organised in January, March and April 2019, respectively. Besides presentation of the work of the Ethical committee and role of...

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Final Steering Committee Meeting of the Action “Accountability of the Judicial System in Montenegro”

16 May 2019 Podgorica

The fifth and final Steering Committee meeting for the Horizontal Facility Action “Accountability of the Judicial System” took place on 16 May 2019 in Podgorica. The meeting gathered the representatives of the Delegation of the European Union to Montenegro and of the Council of Europe, together...

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Montenegrin law students visit the Council of Europe institutions

15-16 May 2019 Strasbourg

Upon successful completion of the legal clinic on Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights (the Convention), 10 students participated in a study visit to the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights (the Court) on 15 and 16 May 2019. The Action “Fighting ill-treatment...

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60 years of international co-operation in criminal matters

13 May 2019 Belgrade

Strengthening capacities of judges, prosecutors, but also of civil servants working on the matters related to mutual legal assistance is necessary, but improvement in this area is already notable. This was one of the conclusions of the conference “International Co-operation in Criminal Matters:...

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Regional Winter Academy of Human Rights for the students of law faculties

2-6 March 2019 Sabac

From 2 to 6 March 2019, 49 law students representing 11 universities from five countries of the Western Balkans took part in the Regional Winter Academy of Human Rights in Šabac, Serbia. The School main theme was freedom of expression – a key human rights issue for the whole region. In an...

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Prison and police professionals complimented the successful implementation of the Horizontal Facility Action in Bosnia and Herzegovina

24 May 2019 Sarajevo

Successful implementation of the Horizontal Facility Action “Enhancing human rights protection for detained and sentenced persons in Bosnia and Herzegovina”, was acknowledged at the final meeting of the Steering Committee held on 22 May 2019 in Sarajevo. This Action was co-funded by the European...

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Presentation of the Analysis of the penal policies in the area of domestic violence

24 May 2019 Podgorica

With the aim of addressing the issues related to harmonisation of penal policies in the area of gender-based violence cases, the Action “Fighting ill-treatment and impunity and enhancing the application of the European human rights case law on national level” has developed a comprehensive...

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Successful finalisation of the human rights legal course for law students

24 May 2019 Podgorica

The second generation of law students in Montenegro has successfully completed the human rights course on application of the European Convention on Human Rights. On 8 May 2019, the simulation of a Strasbourg Court trial was organised to mark its successful completion. The course was implemented...

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Another step taken towards reinforcement of the judicial dialogue at the national level

20 May 2019 Podgorica

Stemming from the conclusions and recommendations provided in the Analysis concerning the legal effects of the Constitutional Court’s decisions, developed under the Action, further steps are taken to reinforce the dialogue between the Constitutional Court and Supreme Court of Montenegro. On 22...

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Impact of the Action ”Strengthening the Quality and Efficiency of Justice in Kosovo* (KoSEJ)” on the future Strategy on the Rule of Law

20 May 2019 Pristina

On 26 April 2019, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) Working Group of Kosovo on the functioning of the judicial and prosecutorial system presented its Policy Paper to support the elaboration of the new MOJ’s Sector Strategy on the Rule of Law which take due account of recommendations made in the...

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Presented results of the Action on enhancing human rights policing in Kosovo*

16 May 2019 Pristina

The results of the Horizontal Facility Action “Enhancing human rights policing in Kosovo” were presented at a closing event that took place in Pristina on 14 May 2019. The event highlighted the Actions’ contribution to strengthening the safeguards against ill-treatment and securing better...

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Visible progress, but additional efforts are needed in order to apply the standards of effectiveness of the investigation in torture cases

13 May 2019 Podgorica

Montenegro has made progress in the application of standards of investigations effectiveness in torture cases, but it is necessary to improve the quality of explanation of court decisions, eradicate misconduct of police officers, and reduce abuse, was told at the conference "Standards of...

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Two prison treatment programmes successfully piloted in six prisons in Serbia

8 May 2019 Belgrade

Detained and sentenced persons in Serbia will have better treatment in prison and will be better prepared for their release after serving their sentence thanks to the joint EU and Council of Europe Action “Enhancing human rights protection for detained and sentenced persons in Serbia”. This was...

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Workshops for civil society organisations, attorneys and regional offices of the Ministry of Justice in North Macedonia

10 May 2019 North Macedonia

Four workshops were held in four cities in North Macedonia, on 6, 8, 9 and 10 May. The first workshop gathered civil society organisations and attorneys, while the remaining three were organised for regional offices of the Ministry of Justice. One international and one national consultant...

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Workshop on developing the capacity and skills of national civil society organisations to investigate and report in the field of prevention of torture and ill-treatment

9 May 2019 Podgorica

In the course of the Action “Fighting ill-treatment and impunity and enhancing the application of the ECtHR case-law on national level (FILL)”, concrete and tangible results are achieved towards enhancement of capacities to apply the European Convention on Human Rights’ standards at the national...

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Proposed measures for enhancement of national mechanisms for protection of the right to trial within a reasonable time in administrative matters

9 May 2019 Podgorica

With the aim to address the problem of duration of administrative proceedings and administrative disputes in the Montenegrin legal system, the Action has developed the Analysis on existing legislative practices concerning the administrative proceedings and administrative dispute. The final...

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