Within the scope of the Joint Programme “Reinforcing Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Expression and the Media in South-East Europe (JUFREX)” co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe, a regional conference on freedom of expression and good administration of justice & right to privacy, took place in Skopje on 18 and 19 October 2018.
The conference gathered over 50 JUFREX trainers as participants, including judges, prosecutors and lawyers from around the region. The participants became familiar with the latest developments in the European court of human rights (ECtHR) case law on freedom of expression. Participants did also exchange their experience from a methodological point of view as JUFREX trainers and their expertise on national cases related to Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights. They all shared their satisfaction with respect to the event, in particular at this stage of the project, when they are achieving good results in terms of ability to train their peers in their respective countries.
The presence of excellent international consultants constituted an added value to the conference: Ms Lejla Dervisagic, Council of Europe expert on freedom of the media; Mr Dirk Voorhoof, former Law Professor and media law expert specialised on freedom of expression; Ms Flutura Kusari, Legal Advisor on media issues at the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom; Mr Darian Pavli, newly elected Albanian Judge at the ECtHR; and Ms Konul Gasimova, former Lawyer at the ECtHR and currently independent consultant in the area of human rights.
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