The public presentation of the Council of Europe HELP Programme and its free online courses adapted for the needs of Albanian lawyers was organised online with the support of the European Union and Council of Europe joint action “HELP in the Western Balkans”, in co-operation with the Albanian Chamber of Advocates.
Some 100 lawyers attended the meeting which was welcomed by Maksim Haxhia - Chairperson of the Camber of Advocates, who stressed the importance of capacity building for lawyers through the co-operation with the Council of Europe HELP Programme.
In her welcoming remarks, Jutta Gützkow - Head of the Council of Europe Office in Tirana – valued the partnership with Chamber of Advocates and stressed the growing interest for such courses for the Albanian legal community. “The number of practitioners who are already consulting the Council of Europe HELP courses has doubled over the last two years”, stressed Gützkow.
In her remarks, Eva Pastrana - Head of the Council of Europe Human Rights and Justice Division - illustrated the main HELP components, namely its peer-to-peer Human Rights Training Network; the 38 free human rights online courses publicly available in the HELP online platform, and its training methodology for legal professionals.
The meeting continued with a more detailed information about the HELP online courses which are publicly available in Albanian and a walkthrough the HELP platform by Valentina Boz, “HELP in the Western Balkans” project coordinator.
Finally, Rezarta Abdiu – representative of the Chamber of Advocates and HELP tutor – informed participants about the upcoming tutored courses that will be implemented for the benefit of Albanian lawyers.
The HELP online courses are hosted and accessible on the HELP online platform as:
- Self-study courses, available publicly for unlimited access to anyone who creates an account on the HELP online platform.
- Tutored courses organised in cooperation with a partner institution and facilitated/moderated by a HELP certified tutor, who was trained by the HELP Secretariat.
The event was organised within the scope of the regional action “HELP in the Western Balkans” which is a part of the joint European Union/Council of Europe programme “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey 2019-2022”, implemented by the Council of Europe.