Discussion Session in Durrës about Albanian Law Journal

On March 30, 2018, a discussion event about  Albanian Law Journal was held at the premises of “Aleksandër Moisiu”, the University of Durrës. There were present representatives of the academic staff, as well as students and lawyer experts from the judicial institutions of the city of Durrës. Nirvana Deliu from EMA introduced briefly the initiative and novelties that the Albanian Law Journal brings as a magazine only offered online, in both Albanian and English languages. Unlike most other journals, contributors and writers do not pay or have any additional costs, but on the contrary, they are rewarded with a monetary value in order to motivate and support them, and to get more involvement in these initiatives.

The activity was welcomed by the Dean of the Faculty of Political and Juridical Sciences, Prof. Assoc. Mr. Andon Kume, who among other things, praised this initiative as very important, not only for informing the public and creating a space of debate and discussion on the most important issues in the field of law, but also on the possibilities for inclusion and contribution by professors and scientific researchers, since publications and articles are the main elements of their professional and academic development. Mr. Kume, motivated and encouraged the attendees to become part of the Albanian Law Journal with their own contributions.

Atty. Holta Ymeri, Editor-in-Chief of the Albanian Law Journal, conducted a presentation of ALJby providing a clear picture of the journal’s pillars, the criteria for sending articles, some of the issues encountered during the magazine’s first year period and the novelties it has brought including the Blog about the Reform in Justice, English translation of the article with no additional cost to the author from the magazine’s own legal translators, free access to all for reading articles and issues, etc. Atty. Ymeri emphasized the plagiarism cases that, according to her, are frequent and sometimes difficult to identify.

However, she encouraged the participants to become part of the Albanian Law Journal with articles and contributions, as the fields and topics the journal deals with, are tangible to everyone and are of particular interest, such as: 1- articles in the areas of Albanian legislation, 2- on practical and administrative procedures, which are of particular interest to certain groups of society such as the business or entrepreneurs community, 3- on the European integration process and the legal changes of the EU itself which somehow impacts the Albanian context as well.

After the presentation of the ALJ, two of the four authors of Issue 5  of ALJ, made an interesting presentation of their articles.

Atty. Dr. Dorina Ndreka, professor at the Faculty of Political and Juridicial Sciences at the University of Durrës, had in focus the paper on the civil compensation of victims and Albanian court practice in relation to civil compensation during the criminal process, where in some cases the civil compensation is the only way to set a person in front of the responsibility for the criminal offenses, especially in the case of juveniles. Atty. Ndreka thus analyzed the Code of Criminal Procedure in Albania and Articles 58-68, which determine the possibility of a civil lawsuit damaged by a criminal offense, to participate actively in the criminal process, seeking compensation for the civil damage suffered. This is because the victims of the criminal offense suffer various financial losses, such as: hospital bills, loss of time from work, mental or psychological disorders, damaged or stolen goods, burial expenses etc. Based on concrete cases, she pointed out  another problem, such as the fact that most of the civil lawsuits for damage compensation are caused by criminal offenses and carried out in separate court proceedings, but there were also suggested other effective ways of civil compensation of criminal offenses.

The article of Dr. Klodiana Beshku, lecturer at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Tirana, addressed the normative role of the European Union in the dissolution of the former Yugoslavia, at a time when the 6 Western Balkan countries are getting closer to Europe, while many consider the future of them in Europe. During her discussion, Dr. Beshku presented her idea that, despite the shortcomings of the European Union to prevent the outbreak of ethnic hatred in the territory of the former Yugoslavia, the European Community’s contribution can not be denied in other less explored fields. Through the approach of assesing and treating “what is done” and “what is not  done”, Dr. Beshku advocates two less explored arguments: that the European Union was brought as a soft power by taking part in the conflict as a credible negotiator and as a regulatory power, by contributing internationally in changing concepts like “people” and “entities.