Work in this thematic area focuses on prisons and police (including human rights in policing, healthcare in prisons and safeguards against torture and ill-treatment), human rights standards in the judiciary (focusing on enhancing the application of case-law of the European Court of Human Rights), the efficiency of justice systems (with a focus on analysing judicial statistics to optimise court administrations) and/or legal co-operation (which concentrate on increasing the individual independence of judges and prosecutors and the accountability of the judicial system).

Actions under theme i: ensuring justice Actions under theme i: ensuring justice
  • Strengthening the quality and efficiency of justice in Albania - Phase III
  • Supporting enforcement of judicial decisions and facilitating execution of ECtHR judgments in Albania
  • Enhancing the protection of human rights of prisoners in Albania
  • Strengthening human rights treatment of detained persons based on European standards and best practices in Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Strengthening the quality and efficiency of justice in Kosovo* -  Phase II
  • Accountability of the judicial system in Montenegro - Phase II
  • Improved procedural safeguards in judicial proceedings in Montenegro
  • Further enhancing human rights protection for detained and sentenced persons in Montenegro 
  • Strengthening independence and accountability of the judiciary in Serbia
  • Strengthening the effective legal remedies to human rights violations in Serbia
  • Enhancing the human rights protection for detained and sentenced persons in Serbia
  • Supporting enhanced access to higher quality Free Legal Aid services in North Macedonia
  • Enhancing the capacities of the penitentiary system and the external oversight mechanism in North Macedonia
  • Supporting the implementation and reporting on the Action Plan on Prevention of ECHR violations in Turkey
  • Judicial training institutes for Quality and Sustainability in the Western Balkans
  • Initiative for legal certainty in the Western Balkans

*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.