BRRLN Members

Our members

The Balkan Regional Rule of Law Network has currently members from the five countries (Albania, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia and Serbia). The members are Chamber of Advocates, Civil Society Organizations and Individuals.

Chamber of Advocates:

The National Chamber of Advocacy has the status of legal person, and exercises its activity independently from the state, while its main responsibility is the regulation and oversight of the practice of the legal profession in the Republic of Albania. The highest representative bodies of the National Chamber of Advocacy are the General Council and the Management Council. Under the National Chamber of Advocacy there are 13 regional Chambers of Advocates, which are organized in the same way as the National Chamber of Advocates.
The General Council of the National Chamber of Advocacy is composed of not less than one representative elected for this purpose from every chamber of advocacy, and is among other things, responsible for approving the Statute and the Code of Ethics for Advocates, the rules for the qualification examination for practising the legal profession, the rules and conditions for internship period and professional training of lawyers as well as for assisting and co-ordinating the activities of the regional chambers. The Management Council of the National Chamber of Advocacy, among other things, is responsible for drafting the Statute and the Code of Ethics of Advocates.
Concerning lawyers’ tasks, they are exclusively competent to provide their clients with legal advice, to represent them before courts, prosecutors ‘office, judicial and administrative authorities. In general, a lawyer has the duty of practising his profession with honesty and dignity, of respecting the rules of professional ethics and of using all lawful means for the faithful defence of the rights and interests of the persons defended or represented by him. Saying so, lawyers must comply with all the provisions of the Law on Legal Profession, Statute of the Albanian National Chamber of Advocacy and the Lawyers’ Code of Ethics. Lawyer’s compliance with the rules of professional conduct and their infringements are supervised and dealt by the disciplinary structures of the Albanian National Chamber of Advocacy, such as the Complaint Commissioner and Disciplinary Committee, as foreseen by the law (chapter VIII “Disciplinary Process against Lawyers” of the law on legal profession as amended by the law 91/2012,  dated 27.09.2012).
As part of its continued attempts to ensure that the governance of the legal profession in Albania is fit for its purpose in a modern democratic state, the Albania National Chamber of Advocacy has co-operated during the last years with Slynn Foundation in the UK, Usaid Programme, Scuola Superiore dell’Avvocatura, in Italy and Council of Bars and Law Societies (CCBE). The underlying goal of these projects is the establishment of a system which will preserve an independent legal profession in Albania, and contribute in vindicating the rule of law.
The amendments of the Law on the Profession of Advocates of 2012 introduced for the first time the mandatory training, which has to be organized by ANCA. The 2012 law established the National School of Lawyers (NSL). The NSL, which offers a one-year compulsory education following university level law studies, was set up in September 2013 by ANCA. In 2013-2014, 257 participants followed the one- year course, while in 2014/15, in the second year of its existence, about 608 participants are inscribed.

Contact information:
Address: Rr.Murat Toptani,
Qendra e Biznesit "EUROCOL" ,
Tirana, Shqiperi,
Tel/Fax: 04 (2) 251876; 04 (2) 252057.
E-mail : info@dhka.org.al
Website: dhka.org.al

Bar Association of Federation Bosnia and Herzegovina is an independent, self-regulatory organization of attorneys with mandatory membership of attorneys (individuals, joint law offices and law firms) who have seat of offices on the territory of the Federation Bosnia and Herzegovina as entity within Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Bar Association of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina is comprised of 5 Regional Bar Associations – Branches, and it represents attorneys and law trainees and carries out the following functions:

  • Developing and improving the practice of law,
  • Ensuring the professional autonomy of attorneys,
  • Making decisions regarding acquiring the right to practice law and performing the activities of a law trainee,
  • Initiating proceedings and determining disciplinary liability for violations of the rules of professional conduct,
  • Protecting the rights and interests of attorneys, joint attorney offices, law firms and law trainees,
  • Organizing and providing advanced professional training for attorneys and supervising the professional training of law trainees,
  • Co-operating with legislative, judicial and executive authorities throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina,
  • Mediating disputes between attorneys and their clients,
  • Co-operating with state and international organisations, institutions and associations,
  • Co-operating with the Bar Association of the Republika Srpska and bar associations from foreign states regional associations of attorneys and international bar associations.  

Contact information:
Bar Association of Federation Bosnia and Herzegovina
Obala Kulina bana 6
71000 Sarajevo
Phone: + 387 33 261-090
Fax: + 387 33 209-976
email: adkomfbh@bih.net.ba
web: www.advokomfbih.ba

First law on legal profession in Serbia was adopted on 28 February 1862. Bar association of Serbia (BAS) is autonomous and independent professional organizations of attorneys-at-law, established by the law and statute of the bas, responsible for execution of public powers and the conduct of affairs of common interest. BAS perform the following tasks:
−represent the legal profession, act for and protect its interests, improve and promote the legal profession as an independent profession, ensure conditions for the proper and lawful exercise of the legal profession;
−exercise the public powers concerning the legal profession in accordance with the legal profession act and bas statute, keep the directory of attorneys-at-law, the directory of joint law offices, the directory of law partnerships, registers a and b of attorneys-at-law (foreign nationals) and the directory of law trainees for the territory of the republic of Serbia, make decisions on the entries in, or deletion from the directory in the capacity as a second-instance body and decisions on the entries in, or deletion from the directory of law partnerships, ensure improvement of expertise and ethics of the legal profession,  strengthening of the professional discipline and responsibility in the exercise of the legal profession and conduct disciplinary proceedings;
−organize and administer the attorney exam and keep records of passed attorney exams for the territory of the republic of Serbia;
−represent the interests of attorneys-at-law before the state, other agencies and organizations, before domestic and foreign professional associations and organizations;
−establish the attorney academy and organize and conduct continuous training;
−establish international cooperation in the field of legal profession of interest to the legal profession of Serbia;
−arrange the provision of free legal aid;
−provide opinions on draft laws and other regulations, make proposals for improving the legal profession and the judicial and legal systems and for the exercise and protection of constitutional freedoms and civil rights;
−publish the scientific and professional magazine and other regular and occasional publications.

Contact information:
POST ADDRESS:
BAR ASSOCIATION OF SERBIA
DEČANSKA 13
11000 BELGRAD
PAK 106811
SERBIA
Phone
+381 11 3239-072
+381 11 3237-316
Fax
+381 11 3232-203
e-mail:
a.k.srbije@gmail.com
komora@sbb.rs
WEB SITE
www.advokatska-komora.co.rs

Short description of history of the organization and main activities (please limit your text to 200 words):
Kosova Bar Association is an independent, professional organization established by Law No. 04 / L-193 on Advocacy (Bar Law). The law defines the Bar as a single organization that licenses lawyers; respectively lawyers who wish to practice the legal profession must register within the Bar.
Moreover, among other responsibilities of the Bar, is deciding on the right and suspension of the right to practice law; ensuring that lawyers perform their duties in accordance with the Code of Ethics and other internal acts; provide training for lawyers and performs other duties prescribed by Law. The first lawyer was registered in 1974. But the first activities and legal aid in Kosovo were recorded before the Second World War.
The Bar main purpose is the promotion of the rule of law by supporting the reform process. She is the chief legal spokesman of legal profession and rule of law. She continually would be in mission of justice improvement.
Contact information: (if applicable web site link)
Kosova Bar Association
Str. Qamil Hoxha 10/3 Pristina, Kosovo
Office: +381(0) 38 244 586
Fax: +381(0) 38 243 717
10 000 Prishtina, Kosova
E-mail: info@oak-ks.org
Web: www.oak-ks.org

Macedonian Bar Association was established in 1945. It is independent professional organization regulated by the law on advocacy.
The Macedonian Bar Association is self-regulated association, authorized rights to issue and revoke licenses for performing advocacy in Republic of Macedonia, registering and deregistering practicing lawyers and law firms.
The MBA is represented by the President of the Macedonian Bar Association. The bodies regulated by the Statutes are: The Assembly, Governing Board, Supervisory Board, Disciplinary Prosecutor, Disciplinary Court and Appeal Council, and working committees in accordance with internal regulations.
The main activities of the Macedonian Bar Association are:
- improving the general status of advocacy as a public service, and one of the key players in all procedures.
- taking part in improving and adjusting the reforms of the judicial system and legislation.
- improving the ethical behavior of the members of the bar
- improving the level of knowledge and capability of the members

Contact information:
MACEDONIAN BAR ASSOCIATION
Str. Dame Gruev No.3
1000 Skopje
Macedonia
Tel./fax.  ++ 389 2 3165 409
e-mail. lawyermk@mba.org.mk
web.  www.mba.org.mk

Civil Society Organizations:

Advocacy Training and Resource Center (ATRC) is a Kosovar non-for-profit organization that works in increasing citizen and civil society participation in decision-making, as a prerequisite for a developed democratic society and regional stability.  ATRC aims at strengthening the role of NGOs as agents of change in the society; increase the capacity of NGOs and civic initiatives to undertake advocacy campaigns; and contribute in creating governing institutions that meet international standards. ATRC works with representatives of NGOs, civic initiatives, public administration, political institutions, and the media, regardless of religion, political affiliation, ethnicity, age, gender, capability and sexual orientation. ATRC accomplishes its goals through four components: (1) grant administration; (2) advocacy; (3) capacity building; and (4) information exchange and networking. Since its establishment in 2001, ATRC has assisted numerous NGOs in Kosovo wide to professionalize their work, articulate their demands, and advocate to government structures about issues affecting Kosovo society through mentoring, training, grant-giving, advocacy, information exchange and technical assistance.
Contact information:
Advocacy Training & Resource Center - ATRC
Str. Gazmend Zajmi No.20, 10000 Prishtina
Cell: + 377 44 256 679
Office: + 381 38 244 810
10 000 Prishtina, Kosova
Web: www.advocacy-center.org

The Albanian Penal Lawyers Association (APLA) is a nonprofit Albanian organization. Its mission is to advocate and contribute to the respect of human rights and strengthening the rule of law and democratization processes of our country, in accordance with the Albanian Constitution, ratified international laws and legislation in force in the Republic of Albania.
Some of the main intervention and activities of APLA is to lobby and advocate, proactively together with other actors of civil society, national and international organizations, to meet the standards for human rights and fundamental freedoms; to sensitize  and raise awareness of the Albanian citizens and all relevant stakeholders on their rights and freedoms; to assist in the implementation of laws through capacity building of different justice actors; to prepare study reports on the implementation of human rights in Albania; and provide legal critique and expertise to improve the legislation and its application in practice, as well as harmonization with the acquis communautaire. In fulfilling our mission and goals we have also very good expertise from highly experiences actor of the justice system and a well-trained and committed staff. APLA have several stable collaborations with the Magistrate School of Law in Albania, OSCE Peoples Advocate, The Prosecutors Association, the Judges Association and other Civil Society Organizations working in this area. During these years in which we have operated our association collaborated with the Chamber of Advocates, an attorney from Macedonia, Montenegro and the Albanian Diaspora beyond promoting regional cooperation.
Contact information:
Saimir Vishaj
Position: Head of the Association
Postal Address: “Reshit Petrela” street, near to the Serious Crime Court, Tirana, Albania
Mobile Number: 0682036896

Association for Democratic Initiatives (ADI) is a non-governmental organization based in Sarajevo (Zmaja od Bosne 8). Main fields of working of ADI are improvement of the rule of law, protection of human rights, and EU integrations in Bosnia and Herzegovina by fostering participatory and direct democracy practices and instigating partnerships between the civil society, governmental institutions and the private sector. ADI realizes its objectives through proposing policy solutions, implementing projects and advocacy campaigns, and organizing educational trainings. Particularly, ADI’s efforts are directed towards building institutional capacities of civil society organizations and promotion of their role in the society. ADI has worked on diverse national and regional projects on issues in area of development of political and economic institutions, instigating participatory democracy mechanisms, strengthening the civil sector, and protection of human rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Since its creation until 2008, ADI has served as the Secretariat for the Balkan Human Rights Network (BHRN), coordinating activities and projects with 44 human rights organizations in the Balkans region. During this period ADI implemented great number of projects in cooperation with national and regional partners/NGOs. Some of ADI’s past project include, successful regional schools “Human Rights and Business” and “Regional Summer School on Human Rights” held in Malta. In last three years, ADI implemented several projects focusing on the reform of the justice sector and development of public participation practices in this sector: “Strengthening the Role of the Professional Associations in the Justice Sector in BiH” and “Creating the Preconditions for the Cooperation between Non-governmental organizations and the Ministry of Justice of BiH”. Within this last mentioned project, ADI developed, in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice in B&H internal public consultation procedures for the Ministry as well as the stakeholder database for public consultations. ADI also initiated creation of Justice Network in Bosnia and Herzegovina – a network consisting of 64 non-governmental organizations active in the justice sector – and implemented several policy research and advocacy projects through the Network, acting for two years as Network coordinator as well. In addition, ADI held numerous trainings for civil society organizations (CSOs) focusing on developing their knowledge and skills in writing project proposals; trainings on organizing advocacy campaigns and public consultations; preparing applications for EU funds, World Bank, and other international and national donor organizations; financial management; strategic planning; monitoring work of public institutions; building communication strategies. Similar trainings were organized for municipalities and small businesses throughout the country. As part of its projects’ activities, ADI prepared and published great number of guidebooks, research and public policy papers.
ADI is one of five non-governmental organizations that signed the Memorandum on the establishment of mechanisms for monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of the Justice Sector Reform Strategy in Bosnia and Herzegovina with the Ministry of Justice in BiH, as representative of the justice sector of BiH, on which monitors the implementation of measures and activities within pillar 1 – the judiciary – of the Strategy.
ADI possesses strong partership relations with a great number of institutions in the country and regionally. In realization of our current project activities, for example, ADI draws from its established partnerships with more than 300 CSOs in the country, several municipalities, the Ministry of Justice BiH, and the Ministry of Human Rights, Refugees and Civil Affairs in BiH. Furthermore, ADI staff's qualifications entail expertise in areas of human rights, civil society, political and economic development, and public participation. ADI employs four economists, a political scientist, and a lawyer, whereas two staff members hold master degrees. They are skilled to manage and implement projects and programs, organize and coordinate large-scale public consultations and advocacy campaigns, resreach and write policy anaylses and comparative studies, and lead promotion acativities.

Advocacy Training and Resource Center (ATRC) is a Kosovar non-for-profit organization that works in Center for Legal Aid and Regional Development - CLARD is established in 2007 through process of localization of Spanish NGO MPDL, as result of initiative of the people which were working for MPDL in Kosovo area for more than 5 years. Through this period, including nowadays, CLARD staff became specialized on Rule of Law and Economical Development issues, in Kosovo. Even nowadays, most of the funding are insured by Spanish Agency for International Cooperation and Development (AECID)

Mission of CLARD is to contribute in promotion and protection of Human Rights, with a particular view to facilitating vulnerable individual’s better access to justice, to the establishment of Rule of Law and to foster social and economic inclusion of marginalized groups of the population.

Activities in legal program are oriented on:

Provision of Free legal Aid, especially to vulnerable groups of Kosovo citizens, including those out of Kosovo borders. This service contains civil administrative and criminal law issues, especially advising and actions in the field of employment, antidiscrimination, property, family rights domestic violence, criminal justice,  and minority rights issues. Next to the main office in Pristina, CLARD also have mobile teams identifying cases on the field. These mobile teams are covering Municipalities for which it is estimated that their citizens have lack of access to their rights from different reasons. Through years, location of legal clinics has been changed according to the need and estimation. In this moment, legal clinics covered by CLARD which are located in:
Skenderaj/Srbica,  Gjilan/Gnjilane, Graçanicë/Gracanica, Vushtrri/ Vucitern, Kline/Klina, Malisheve/Maloisevo, Drenas/ Glogovac, Ferizaj/Urosevac, Skenderaj/Serbica, Fushe Kosove/ Kosovo Polje and Prishtine/Pristina.         

Generally CLARD offers legal aid in the field of Administrative, Civil and Criminal law.
         
Anti-discrimination law, the implementation of this project consists in monitoring the special cases in practice and application of this law in Kosovo's legal practice.
Property issues challenges on relation of the Property right, on private and public sector, court representation
Labor Law- challenges on relation of the rights employer employee, on private and public sector. Maternity leave rights issue of employment of women in private and public sector, challenges of the Syndicates on protecting the rights of the employees.
Criminal Law- challenges of the beneficiaries on having better access to justice, writing criminal charges on corruption, misbehavior of official, Judges, Prosecutors, Police Attorneys and other state officials.
Awareness campaigns are focused in relation to the education of citizens in the field of law, and the promotion of human rights, laws and international standards is additional activity.
Free court representation is the activity supporting beneficiaries to achieve their rights in judicial procedures of Kosovo courts. Selection of the cases has been done trough strict criteria’s internally established. Cases are mainly related with property issues, damage compensation and inheritance procedure, Family law, Domestic Violence and in particular strategic litigation cases. 

Contact information:
Center for Legal Aid and Regional  Development – CLARD
Rr. Fazli Grajqevci nr.7
10000 Prishine Kosova
tel/fax/ 038 223 759
www.clardkosovo.org

The Helsinki Committee for Human Rights of the Republic of Macedonia (MHC) is a non-governmental organization for human rights promotion and protection. The reasons why the MHC exists are: (i) to increase the awareness about the concept of human rights and basic freedoms which is embedded in the Universal Declaration for Human Rights, the two international covenants (on civil and political and on social, economic and cultural rights), the European Convention on Human Rights, and the 1975 Final Helsinki Act; (ii) to build democratic conditions in which these rights and freedoms can be exercised; and (iii) to stimulate a greater protection in the exercise of these rights and freedoms. MHC monitors the situation of the human rights, provides legal assistance & counseling to the citizens in cases of violation or restriction of the rights and freedoms, and cooperates with other organizations and state authorities in the direction of increasing the promotion, protection and respect for the human rights and freedoms. 
Contact information: (if applicable web site link)
Naum Naumovski Borche 83
1000 Skopje
Republic of Macedonia
Telephone +389 (0)2 3119 073
Fax +389 (0)2 3290 469
www.mhc.org.mk

The Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Republika Srpska is an independent, non-profit and nongovernmental organization registered on May 10th 1996 before the competent court in Bijeljina. Since its establishment, it has realized series of activities and projects directed towards promotion, protection and monitoring human rights in Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina and the region of former Yugoslavia. The HCRS has three main program areas: Human rights education and promotion, Transitional Justice and ECO-SOC rights. Within the human rights education department, the HCRS realizes different education activities designed for various target groups. Within the Transitional Justice department the HCRS has cooperation over several years with the ICTY, cooperates now with the State court of BH. The organization’s transitional justice department is realizing different activities such as educational activities for media, youth, young professionals, publications on Transitional Justice. Since March 2010, the Helsinki Committee for human rights in Republika Srpska is member of the Expert Working group on drafting the national transitional justice strategy of BH, appointed by the BH Council of Ministers. The organization has seven full time employees, respecting the ethnic and gender balance. Besides the employees, it has a well organized network of volunteers in five local communities in BH and an active youth group of ca. 60 members which is realizing its own activities mainly targeting the youth population of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The ruling body of the Helsinki Committee in RS is the Board of Directors who brings strategic decisions for the overall functions of the organizations in a long term manner, while the responsibility for bringing decisions on a daily operational level is equally shared between the executive director and the program director.
Contact information:  http://helcommrs.org

Short description of history of the organization and main activities :

  • Kosovo Law Institute (KLI) is a public policy non-governmental, not-for-profit organization, and a think-tank specialized in the law sector, which was founded by renowned jurists in February 2009.
  • Mission of KLI is to strengthen the rule of law in Kosovo and to improve the access to justice for all citizens. KLI is managed by the Assembly, the Advisory Board and the Executive Director. KLI aims to fulfill its mission by conducting independent research and studies, and by communication of findings to policy makers, government officials, international diplomats, civil society activists, and the academicians.
  • KLI staff has vast experience in various capacities in the justice sector in Kosovo, including policy research and analysis, journalistic reporting, and awareness-raising and advocacy activities. This includes working closely with Kosovo authorities to ensure the independence, impartiality and to increase the public confidence in the justice system.
  • KLI conducts studies, organizes events (round-tables/conferences) and is continuously involved in advocating in the following fields:
  • Judicial reform
  • Rule of law
  • Legislative initiatives
  • Law implementation
  • Compatibility of national legislation with EU and UN standards
  • Legal education

The Macedonian Young Lawyers Association (MYLA) is non-governmental, nonprofit and non-political professional organization of lawyers founded in December 2003 established with the aim to implement actions for full implementation of the rule of law principle, and enforcement of the contribution of young lawyers in the development of the legal profession in Macedonia through projects and activities. Although firstly founded as bridge that should guide the young lawyers from their graduation towards their legal careers, during the years MYLA had transform itself in unique organization that actively protect the human rights and rule of law principle through utilization of the knowledge and capacity of young lawyers.
Currently, the main areas of work of MYLA are the following:
1. Representation of the interests of the young lawyers and theirs continuous education and networking;
2. Legal protection of the stateless persons, refugees and asylum seekers;
3. Аccess to justice and support to improvement of the effectiveness of the Law on legal aid;
4. Prevention and protection of discrimination and un-equal treatment;
5. Monitoring of the implementation of the laws related to human rights protection and the judiciary.

Contact Information:
Macedonian Young Lawyers Association
Ul. Zlatko Shnajder 4A/1-3, 1000 Skopje
Macedonia
Tel. +389 (0)2 3220 870, e-mail: contact@myla.org.mk
Web site: www.myla.org.mk

The MJAFT! Movement started back in 2003. Its modus operandi is based on creative non-violent reactions and advocacy campaigns that addressed issues such as health and education poor services; poverty and unemployment; discrimination against women and disadvantaged groups; the wide gap between citizens and irresponsive politics or political corruption; environmental degradation etc. MJAFT’s role ranges from catalyst, mobilizer and innovator to several public advocacy campaigns. MJAFT! has vigorously embodied the function of public advocate for the causes of various groups  such as students, pensioners, the Roma community, military retirees, people with sight disabilities, the vocationally disabled, people with sensory and motor impairments, fishermen, taxi drivers and high difficulty laborers. 

Centre for integration "AMBRELA" is a nonprofit organization that focuses on social inclusion and participation through programs on: education, health, human rights, gender equity.
Our key-areas of expertise are: education issues, social inclusion and discrimination issues, minority and gender issues, empowerment and self-empowerment of marginalized groups, community work and grass-roots organizing, Roma culture issues.

We operate with a multi-ethnic team of professionals who support social participation of marginalized groups   (predominantly children: preschool and school age and women).

Our professional values and principles of cooperation are: 
Tailor-made approach, integrity, efficiency, flexibility, sustainability. Ambrela’s strength is to be found in the combination of field-research and daily contact with the community on one side, and translating the community needs into community development projects and subsequently offering input for future local and national policies on the other.
Contact information:
For additional information regarding NGO AMBRELA please contact us via e-mail: ambrelaoffice@gmail.com or consult the following pages:
Website: www.ambrela.org.mk
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ambrela-Centre-for-Integration-Macedonia/161337167230917?fref=ts

Established in 2010, Res Publica is an Albanian public interest law organization working to promote and safeguard respect of fundamental human rights through strategic litigation before domestic and international courts and legal advocacy. It is active in the fields of access to justice, freedom of expression, access to information and Roma rights. Res Publica is currently engaged in a series of high-profile human rights cases with a strong element of public interest.
Contact information:
Address:
Rr. Thanas Ziko, P. 65/1, Sh. 3, Ap. 9, Tirana, Albania
Tel: +355 694087701
Email: dorian.matlija@gmail.com
Website: www.respublica.org.al

Tirana Legal Aid Society, (TLAS) started its activity in 1999 and has been one of the programs of CAFOD Albania till December 18, 2006, date when  TLAS was registered as an local independent  Albanian not-for-profit organization, in the form of the Center. 
TLAS vision : An innovative, collaborative legal aid system responding to the needs of vulnerable and low income people.

TLAS Mission statement: Fulfilment of social and legal needs of the people in need: education and increasing of the awareness of the Albanian society on the rule of law and human rights; promotion of improvements in Albanian legislation; promotion of the community awareness in strengthening democracy in Albania.

Overall objectives: Provide a continuum of legal aid services to the vulnerable groups, Increase awareness and produce informative documents and educate communities on important legal and human rights issues; Undertake research studies, law improvement initiatives and advocacy campaigns; Building capacities of grassroots organizations and civil servants.
TLAS is an active member of the coalitions Albanian NGO’s “All Together for Child Protection”  and member of the Child PACT Coalition, a Regional Coalition for Child Protection in the Wider Black Sea Area. ChildPact members serve more than 500.000 children in our region.
Contact information:
Office Address:
Bulevardi Bajram Curri, Pallatet Agimi,
Shk.18, ap.322, Tirana, Albania
Tel/ fax: + 355 42258442
Email: tlas@tlas.org.al
Web: www.tlas.org.al

The Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights – YUCOM was founded in 1997 as an expert, non-governmental organization whose members are legal experts engaged in promoting and advocating the idea of the rule of law and uphold human rights, raising public awareness, conceiving, designing and leading civic initiatives, rendering legal assistance to victims of human rights violation, as well as developing co-operation with national and international organizations involved in human rights protection and promotion. YUCOM is recognized as an organization advocating human rights and promoting active participation of citizens in legal initiatives. It has profiled itself and gained much recognition as human rights defenders’ organization.
During the last 17 years YUCOM’s Legal Team has been constantly and successfully providing legal assistance to victims of human rights violations (minority groups, human rights defenders, journalists and others) before relevant national bodies and courts, as well as the European Court of Human Rights and the UN Human Rights Committee. Results of the YUCOM strategic litigation were, inter alia, in changing the constitutional provisions to provide more efficient protection before national authorities, first ruling of the European Court of Human Rights and UN Committee. YUCOM constantly cooperates with different CSOs in the region and media representatives in order to protect human rights. YUCOM is a member of various local, regional and international networks for monitoring human rights issues.
YUCOM has a long history in setting standards of human rights in Serbia and has led (among others cases) the well-known strategic case on defending freedom of expression of a journalist who had been criminally prosecuted for defamation and insult of a corrupted high ranked politician. Since Serbian courts did not have the strength to bring a proper verdict in this political sensitive case, YUCOM brought the case before the UN Human Rights Committee claiming that Serbia breached freedom of expression and won the first and only decision before the UNCHR. YUCOM has successfully represented journalists and their labor rights before Serbian Courts and the European Courts of Human Rights (case of Mikuljana Malisic and Safar v. Serbia). YUCOM has successfully represented human right defenders and journalists who openly expressed their opinions in mass media (Borka Pavicevic- Center for Cultural Decontamination, Semiha Kacar – Sandzak Committee for Human Rights, Olivera Tomic – journalist form Kragujevac, Zoran Petakov - Udruženje Ateisti Srbije).
YUCOM also showed strong commitment in setting limits of freedom of expression in order to combat racism and intolerance in Serbian society. In that sense YUCOM has successfully advocated for hate speech incrimination, conducted a research focused on the implementation of media laws (Public Information Law, and Broadcasting Law), in their parts that concern promotion of tolerance and ban discrimination and hate speech, and led numerous hate speech cases. YUCOM also advocated for the introduction of hate crime into Serbian legislation and successfully represented the victims of this crime, mainly LGBT. During 2012 and 2013 YUCOM implemented the project “Supporting Adequate Response of the Serbian Judiciary through Corruption Trial Monitoring”, with the support of Partnership for Transparency Fund. Six panel discussions were organized in Serbia where the role of each of the three main actors of criminal proceedings – judiciary, prosecution and the police - in combating corruption was discussed as well as the obstacles and prerequisites for more efficient corruption criminal proceedings as well as the communication and cooperation amongst them. YUCOM continued with these activities in 2014 within the project “Regional Anti-Corruption Action: Supporting the Judiciary in Combating Corruption in the Western Balkans”, this time by creating network on trial monitoring of the cases with the corruptive elements.
YUCOM has developed the cooperation with professional organizations providing and protecting human rights in Serbia: Belgrade Center for Human Rights, Civic Initiatives, Helsinki Committee for Human Rights, European Movement, NUNS – Independent Journalists' Association of Serbia, Production Group MREZA, Independent Association of Journalist of Vojvodina (NDNV), ASTRA, MDRI, Slavko Curuvija Foundation etc. YUCOM’s staff has held educational sessions for judges on European convention on Human Rights during 2014 in cooperation with Judicial Academy, and trainings for media representatives during 2013 in cooperation with the Commissioner for Equality Protection.

Contact Information:
Lawyers’ Committee for human rights-YUCOM 
Ul. Kneza Milosa 4, 11103 Belgrade
Serbia
Tel. +381 11 33 44 235, e-mail: offce@yucom.org.rs
Web site: www.yucom.org.rs


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