CSO Training on Access to Justice

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Jan 24–25, 2017


Durres, Albania


Hotel Bleart


Regional Environmental Center



The REC will hold a two-day regional training on access to justice for representatives of civil society organisations from Albania and Kosovo*.

During the training, participants will get acquainted with access to justice rights and opportunities under the Aarhus Convention and national legislation. The training will offer in-depth discussions and exercises on strategies and methods of preparation for carrying out administrative and court procedures, and will also provide ideas on how to overcome major difficulties and barriers to the implementation of access rights.

The training is organised based on guidance material developed for civil society, and will use local, regional and other relevant case studies to illustrate the most problematic issues related to access to justice in environmental matters relevant to each country.

International trainer and lawyer Csaba Kiss will lead the training, while experienced national trainers will provide support.

Those invited to take part in the training are representatives from CSOs dealing with human rights, environmental and/or gender issues, as well as community-based organisations or youth organisations involved in environmental or local decision making on public participation, stakeholder involvement and conflict resolution.

This training programme has been developed within the framework of the project “Better Access to Justice in CEE” with funding from the German Federal Environment Ministry’s Advisory Assistance Programme (AAP) for environmental protection in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia and other countries neighbouring the European Union. It is supervised by the German Environment Agency (UBA).

* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.