National legal professionals play a vital role in ensuring the observance of human rights. They bear primary responsibility for leading the process of domestic application of the European Convention on Human Rights through a harmonised national case law. For that reason, the education and training of domestic legal professionals is indispensable to ensure that human rights are respected.
The Action “Supporting effective domestic remedies and facilitating the execution of the European Court of Human Rights judgments (D-REX) in Albania” plays a crucial role in raising the standards of human rights observance among legal professionals in Albania. These measures should, in the long term, reduce the number of violations of the Convention and the number of manifestly ill-founded applications presented to the European Court of Human Rights.
As part of this, a study visit to the Council of Europe and European Court of Human Rights was organised for selected legal professionals on 13-14 March 2018. Its aim was to strengthen participant’s knowledge on the functioning of the European Court of Human Rights and the impact of its case law on national decisions. The 20 participants included representatives of the Supreme Court, Constitutional Court, General Prosecution Office, School of Magistrates, School of Advocacy, Ministry of Justice, State Advocate and Agency for the Treatment of Property.
The two-day study visit included individual thematic presentations, meetings and discussions with the representatives of the Department for the Execution of judgments of the Court, Venice Commission and Court judges and lawyers. The highlight of the programme was the attendance of the Chamber hearing Lekić v. Slovenia on Article 1 of Protocol No. 1 of the European Court of Human Rights.
The study visit was an excellent opportunity to exchange good practices, to share ideas, and to obtain answers to questions most relevant to participants’ specific professions and institutions. It was organised as part of the Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey programme, the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe.