Western Balkans: Criminal Law Reform Assessment Report, 2016

June 15th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

Introduction to the Assessment Report:

The Assessment Report presented in this publication was produced as a result of the Criminal Law Reform Project (CLRP), implemented from July 2015 to September 2016, by the Bar Association of Serbia in partnership with the National Chamber of Advocacy of Albania, Bar Association of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBiH), Kosovo Bar Association and Macedonia Bar Association, as well as the civil society organization Partners for Democratic Change Serbia. (…)

It addresses the main problems defense advocates and their clients face in criminal proceedings in the Region. It further compares legal frameworks and practices in these systems and refers to international standards in that regard. The Report recommends changes to the respective provisions and practices that would enable better protection of rights of the accused and provide conditions for guaranteeing the right to a fair trial in criminal proceedings. Therefore, this report represents a useful advocacy tool for the bar chambers in the Region in their future advocacy efforts for reform of criminal proceedings. (…)

The Report can be downloaded here.

CCBE supports BAK in procedural law reform

January 13th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

The Bar Association of Kosovo (BAK) has requested support from the CCBE regarding the Law on Civil Procedure Code, namely the provisions related to representation in courts. The current provisions would allow any person in their capacity to act to represent a person in court, which both BAK and CCBE find very problematic. Moreover, the CCBE draws attention to the fact there are dissuasive conditions for lawyers to represent themselves and participate in the work of the Judicial and Prosecutorial Councils in Kosovo. The conditions are such that lawyers that become members of these councils are obliged to suspend their activity as lawyers for a period of 5 years. For more information, read the letter here.

June 2015 – PECO committee meeting in Pristina, Kosovo

September 18th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

Michel Benichou & Ibrahim Dobruna

Michel Benichou, First Vice-President of the CCBE & Ibrahim Dobruna, President of the Kosovo Bar

Upon invitation of the Kosovo Bar Association, the CCBE held a PECO committee meeting on 10 June 2015 in Pristina, Kosovo. The meeting took place on the occasion of the Kosovo Bar Annual Lawyers Day and its 42nd anniversary (see programme). The CCBE – which has had regular contacts with the Bar since 2013 and invites the Bar to its meetings – was granted the Justinian award as a sign of gratitude and respect for its contribution to the Kosovo Bar Association. Michel Benichou, First Vice-President of the CCBE, received the award on behalf of the CCBE. The chair of the CCBE PECO committee, Ranko Pelicaric, also participated that same day in a roundtable discussion which considered the law on public notaries and representation by lawyers in court proceedings.