- Published: June 6, 2019
Workshop on writing e-commentary in Tirana
On 23 and 24 May 2019, the IRZ, in partnership with the Albanian School of Magistrates, organised a workshop for Albanian authors of legal commentaries. The objective of the event was to achieve a significant increase in the number and quality of commentaries on the platform for e-commentaries developed in 2017.
The workshop took place as part of a project organised by the IRZ, which is being financed by the German Foreign Office and has the objective of further developing the first legal commentary developed in Albania.
After all, a transparent, uniform jurisdiction under the rule of law is vital in view of the acceptance of the Albanian legal system by law professionals and citizens, as well as bringing the Balkan countries closer to the EU.
The project ties in with the work of national and international experts, who have developed an electronic platform as part of the EU action grant EURALIUS 2017 [LINK to EURALIUS], where several e-commentaries on Albanian legal standards can already be found.
To open the workshop, IRZ expert Prof. Dr. Bernd Heinrich (University of Tübingen) provided insights into the German tradition of writing commentaries. During the subsequent discussions, the following topics were addressed:
- The advantages and disadvantages of online commentaries compared with print commentaries,
- various citation systems,
- international commentary standards and
- a comparison between Albanian and German commentary methods.
Based on the outcome of these discussions, the participants worked on a standard methodology for drafting commentaries and agreed on the next steps to take.
Under the guidance of the expert advisory board, which is made up of Prof. Dr. Heinrich, Prof. Dr. Jörg Kinzig (University of Tübingen), Prof. Dr. Martin Heger (Humboldt University in Berlin) and two Albanian experts, a total of seven authors will comment by the end of next year on articles of the Albanian criminal procedure law, as well as on the law on the status of judges and public prosecutors.
Afterwards, the project will be rounded off with events for the general public in Albania, during which the results of the project will be presented, raising awareness of this field amongst law professionals and public institutions.