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Albania Background

The ABA initiated its program in Albania in 1991 and placed its first rule of law liaison in Tirana in 1992. From 1998 until 2001, the ABA also conducted a criminal law reform program in Albania.

The major projects on which the ABA worked include substantial assistance in support of the drafting of a new, democratic constitution, adopted through a popular referendum in 1998; promotion of judicial independence by supporting the creation of the Albanian Magistrates School, supporting the work of the Association of Albanian Judges, and facilitating the establishment of the National Judicial Conference; and substantial support of legal profession legal education and reform by providing expertise to the Chamber of Advocates, increasing public awareness through the annual National Day of Justice, and providing technical assistance to the Tirana Law Faculty.