Promoting human rights education among law students

1 April 2019 Tirana

Legal education plays an essential role in preparing the next generation of lawyers, judges and prosecutors; therefore it is of utmost importance that legal professionals are taught human rights from the beginning of their educational cycle. The joint European Union/Council of Europe Action...

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Regional closing conference on Horizontal Facility Programme demonstrates benefits for Western Balkans societies

3 April 2019 Tirana

Dedication of the authorities to reform of the judiciary, fighting economic crime and combating discrimination, with support of the Council of Europe and the European Union through the European Union and Council of Europe Horizontal Facility joint programme, has brought enormous benefits to...

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Regional final conference: presenting results of a three-year co-operation in the Western Balkans

2 April 2019 Tirana

Regional final conference of the joint programme of the European Union and Council of Europe “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey”, will be held on Wednesday, 3 April 2019, at the Rogner Hotel, Tirana. The meeting will take stock of the results of the Horizontal Facility...

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Impact of the Action on education presented at the final conference in Albania

28 March 2019 Tirana

The results and the impact of the Action “Fighting bullying and extremism in the education system in Albania” were presented at the final conference that took place on 26 March in Tirana, Albania. Within 36 months of its successful implementation, the action has achieved many notable results such...

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Consultative meeting “Professional evaluation of state prosecutors in Montenegro”

27 March 2019 Budva

The consultative meeting held on 22 March in Budva, Montenegro, provided state prosecutors who will undergo professional evaluation in 2019 with a meaningful platform for discussion. Main aim of the meeting, organised by the Council of Europe Programme Office in Podgorica in co-operation with the...

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Securing compensation for victims of human trafficking: training for judges, prosecutors and lawyers

28 March 2019 Ohrid

Thirty-four judges, prosecutors and lawyers attended a two-day training on effective financial investigations, freezing and confiscation of illegal assets as well as issues related to compensation claims of trafficking victims in Ohrid, North Macedonia on 27-28 March 2019. The training was...

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Supporting the case management system of the Agency for Property Treatment and the State Advocate

19 March 2019 Tirana

Within the frame of the action “Supporting effective domestic remedies and facilitating the execution of judgments in Albania” two comprehensive studies on case management systems pertaining to the Agency for Property Treatment and the State Advocate were prepared. Given the role the Agency for...

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Cascade training of Albanian magistrates on protection of the right to property

19 March 2019 Fier, Tirana and Durres

The action “Supporting effective domestic remedies and facilitating the execution of the European Court of Human Right judgments” continues developing the capacity of Albanian judicial authorities to correctly apply the case law of the European Court of Human Rights on property rights and to...

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Second generation of Montenegrin law students attend the human rights course on prohibition of torture

19 March 2019 Montenegro

Following the successful completion of the first pilot course on prohibition of torture and ill-treatment in October 2018, a second generation of law students in Montenegro will attend the human rights course on application of the European Convention on Human Rights (the Convention) in the period...

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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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Human Rights Commissioner discusses quality education with senior officials from Bosnia and Herzegovina

11 March 2019 Strasbourg

Senior officials from Bosnia and Herzegovina met with CoE and EU officials and experts in Strasbourg to develop concrete plans for improving quality education in Bosnia and Herzegovina. They had the opportunity to discuss how to promote multi-ethnic societies through education with Dunja...

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Trainings on changes in the free legal aid system in North Macedonia

12 and 15 March 2019 Ohrid and Strumica

Thirty staff members of regional offices of the Ministry of Justice had an opportunity to learn about the changes in the free legal aid system to be introduced by a new Law on Free Legal Aid during two cascade training sessions that took place in Ohrid on 11-12 March and Strumica 14-15 March,...

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Roundtable on the Official use of minority languages and scripts held in Sombor

11 March 2019 Sombor

The roundtable on the Official use of minority languages and scripts in local self-governments took place on 11 March by the City of Sombor and the Council of Europe in cooperation with the Ministry of local self-government, Secretariat for legislation and Protector of citizens. The event was...

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Training for diplomatic and consular personnel on how to prevent and combat trafficking in human beings in Serbia

7 March 2019 Belgrade

Thirty-three participants gathered to discuss the roles and responsibilities of diplomatic and consular personnel in identification and assistance to victims of human trafficking on 7 March 2019 in Belgrade, Serbia. The participants included diplomatic and consular staff of the Ministry of...

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Court police in Bosnia and Herzegovina harmonises procedures for dealing with detainees

7-8 March 2019 Teslic

A group of 42 court police officers from Bosnia and Herzegovina participated in a cascade training session to harmonise operational procedures for dealing with persons deprived of liberty on apprehension and in holding cells. The session took place on 7-8 March 2019 in Teslic, Bosnia and...

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Advice to Albanian authorities on establishment of a Registry of Beneficial Ownership

12-13 March Tirana

Representatives of Albanian institutions discussed beneficial ownership registries and due diligence with Council of Europe experts at a Roundtable on “Transparency of Beneficial Ownership in Albania” taking place in Tirana on 12 and 13 March 2019. The event was organized pursuant to a request...

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Study visit for the representatives of the State Advocate of Albania

25-28 February 2019 France

Reinforcing the capacity of the State Advocate of Albania to protect European human rights standards and to ensure efficient execution of Court’s judgments is essential for the credibility of the European Convention on Human Rights. In this context, the study visit for 13 representatives of the...

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110 Montenegrin lawyers trained to effectively apply reasonable time standards in line with the European Convention

21-22 February 2019 Kolasin

Following a comprehensive capacity building programme, the legal professionals are equipped with the knowledge and skills to more effectively apply reasonable time standards in the daily work. The final training session took place on 21 and 22 February 2019, that provided participants with the...

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Positive opinion on the draft law on the judicial council of North Macedonia

20 March 2019 Venice

In its first plenary session of 2019, the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) adopted an opinion on the draft Law on the Judicial Council of North Macedonia. The opinion was requested by Mr Zoran Zaev, the Prime Minister of North Macedonia, through the Expertise...

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Initiating a sustainable judicial data collection process in Kosovo*

20 March 2019 Pristina

On 14 March 2019, the European Commission of the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) international expert, Ms Julinda Beqiraj presented the main findings of the second CEPEJ assessment report of the judicial system in Kosovo to the judicial authorities, international partners and members of civil...

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