Frank Hupfeld, head of section of the IRZ; Prof. Dr. Jan Bergmann, senate chairman at the Administrative Court of Baden-Wuerttemberg; Dr. Arta Vorpsi, scientific officer at the Constitutional Court of Albania; Rezarta Abdiu, Albanian Bar Association (table front end from left to right)
Frank Hupfeld, head of section of the IRZ; Prof. Dr. Jan Bergmann, senate chairman at the Administrative Court of Baden-Wuerttemberg; Dr. Arta Vorpsi, scientific officer at the Constitutional Court of Albania; Rezarta Abdiu, Albanian Bar Association (table front end from left to right)
Albania

Albania, an EU accession candidate since 2014, carried out comprehensive judicial reforms over the past years. The constitutional amendment of 2016 gave the citizens the right to file individual complaints directly with the Constitutional Court. To make the public aware of this law and thus also to improve the human rights situation in the Balkan state, the IRZ organised a first seminar in July 2018 with the Albanian Bar Association in Tirana. The second seminar followed on 25 and 26 October.

It was based on the IRZ publication issued in 2017 on “The Constitutional Complaint – A Handbook for Practitioners from a German and Albanian Perspective”, compiled in cooperation with the lecturers Dr. Arta Vorpsi, scientific officer of the Constitutional Court, and Professor Dr. Jan Bergmann, Senate Chairman at the Administrative Court of Baden-Wuerttemberg (Bitte LINK setzen).

During the seminar, the participants, about 30 lawyers, were trained in particular with regard to procedural provisions and the drafting of constitutional complaints, the admissibility criteria and the current case law of the European Court of Human Rights

“No plaintiff, no judge”: As no constitutional complaint had been submitted yet when the seminar took place, Professor Dr. Bergmann encouraged the lawyers to file suitable cases with the Constitutional Court in order to continuously advance the legal system of Albania. He recommended to base their complaints not only on the Albanian constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights, but also to quote the Charter of the European Union in view of a future EU membership.

The IRZ and the Albanian Bar Association are planning to organise follow-up events outside Tirana to raise the awareness of more Albanian lawyers for this topic.