On 25 and 26 April 2017, a two-day seminar was held at the School of Magistrates in Tirana on “Finding, understanding and citing the case law of European Court of Human Rights – Practical instructions for helping judges, prosecutors and students of the School of Magistrates”.

The target groups for this event, which was financed by funds from the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection were:

  • Students at the School of Magistrates,
  • Criminal court judges,
  • Civil court judges and
  • Public prosecutors.

Dr. Stefan von der Beck, Presiding Judge at the Higher Regional Court of Oldenburg, spoke on behalf of the IRZ. The speakers from the Albanian side were Dr. Idlir Peçi, a former Deputy Minister of Justice and acting Deputy Minister of Defence, and Elira Kokona, representing the Ministry of Culture.

Together they were able to give the participants a detailed overview of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR).

Using selected cases, they discussed ECtHR case law, in which article 6 of the ECHR plays a significant role, with the law professionals.

The speakers also shed more light on research work with sources, in particular research on relevant ECHtR sites (“HUDOC”) and gave some practical tips for using these sources.