In partnership with the Albanian Bar Association, the CCBE held a PECO seminar on 30 September in Tirana, Albania.

The PECO committee is the CCBE’s committee which aims to promote the Rule of Law and support the law reform process in Central and Eastern Europe (see the Peco Portal for more information).

The morning session was dedicated to the “Core Values of the Legal Profession and Enforcement Mechanisms” and the afternoon session of the seminar discussed “The Organisation of Initial and Continuous Training and the Use of New Training Methods”. Take a look at the whole programme in the attachment on the right.

Speakers from Bars and Law Societies across Europe explained their training systems and methods and gave insights into challenges and best-practice. For the Law Society, Jenny Crewe, Strategic Policy Manager, presented on the new continuing competence regime in England and Wales. She highlighted problems related with the current system such as variable standards, concerns about purpose and content of the curriculum, and quality assurance and showed how the new regulatory framework overcomes these by creating a system that is more outcome-focused, and provides more efficient and effective learning using reflection, self-assessment, planning and evaluation. Take a look at her presentation attached to this website.

The seminar also hosted a presentation of the World Bank’s report ‘Comparative analysis of Bars and Law Societies in selected EU Member States and Serbia’ that takes a closer look at rules governing the functioning of bars and law societies, including their entrance requirements, decision-making and administrative capacities, discipline and inter-bar relations.

In addition, the Council of Europe presented its ‘Human Rights Education of Legal Professionals’ (HELP) programme.