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Building Capacity of Albanian Judiciary to Implement European Court of Human Rights Standards in Freedom of Expression Cases, July 2007 – June 2008

The overall project objective is: Building Capacity of the Albanian judiciary on Freedom of Information, through trainings and literature provided by CDDI and Article 19, London.

The project is organized through three different components:

1.  Training of the trainers: CDDI in cooperation with Article 19, London brought to Albania the expert trainer, who would be training the 5 trainers chosen by CDDI and Article 19. Published in the Albanian language was the book titled “Pocketbook on Freedom of Expression” which was the material base of the trainer training program and the training of judges under Article 10 by standards of ECHR.

2.  Training of the judges: In the Training of Judges on 17-21 December, participated 20 judges and the five trainers who were trained during the first phase of the project. The basic material for the training was the Handbook, but besides it, the expert selected a large variety of concrete cases and examples from different decisions taken by the judges at the European Court regarding the legal application of Article 10 of the European Convention of Human Rights and Freedom of Information. These materials were translated in Albanian by CDDI.

3.  Organization of a Round Table: In March 2008, CDDI organized a round table between the trained judges and other representatives of the written and visual media aiming at lobbying from the part of the judges to attract the attention of the media to be more careful, to refresh the acquired knowledge and for the media to express its issues in relation to the judiciary and its decisions especially regarding defamation and offence. On the basis of lobbying, CDDI with the help of the High Council of Justice sent by post office 20 copies of the published- Handbook to all the Courts in different levels in all the main Albanian cities.