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Albania – Sir Henry Brooke Honoured

At a recent award ceremony in London, Sir Henry Brooke, retired President of the Slynn Foundation, was made a Knight of the Order of Skanderberg, one of Albania’s highest honours. It was presented by the President of the Republic of Albania, Mr Bujar Nishani, in recognition of Sir Henry’s many activities with and contributions to […]

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Bulgaria

Sir Stanley Burnton and Sir Stephen Silber visited Sofia in March at the request of the British Ambassador. This was a 3 day scoping trip to ascertain the extent to which the Foundation may be able to assist the Bulgarian judiciary with training and peer to peer support. A very full programme of visits was […]

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Albania – High Court Seminar

The Foundation was delighted that Lord Phillips kindly agreed to attend and speak at the annual seminar organised with the Albanian Chief Justice and held in Tirana in February. Lord Phillips was accompanied by Sir David Latham and Aaron Baker of Durham University. The topic, chosen by the Chief Justice, was the approach of the […]

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OPT – Human Rights Manual

As part of its earlier project and with help from EUPOL-COPPS and the FCO, the Foundation, in conjunction with the Bristol University Human Rights Centre, has now finalised its training manual, Building Human Rights into Practice. This is to assist Judges and Prosecutors on the application of Human Rights Law in the administration of criminal […]

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Eritrea

At the invitation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and with support from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Sir Peter Cresswell made a further visit to Asmara in December. During his 10 day stay he undertook a series of meetings including with the Chief Justice and other members of the Court of Final Appeal (Supreme […]

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Bahrain

In December Sir David Keene made a further visit to Bahrain. This visit built on the previous work undertaken y Sir David and other representatives of the Foundation and had two elements. Firstly a two day seminar, the objective of which was to explore the permission to appeal process used in the Court of Appeals […]

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Bahrain

The Foundation continued its cooperation with Beyond Borders in supporting a UK study visit for Leadership Judges from Bahrain. The Foundation provided a series of seminars including ones on the selection process, roles and responsibilities, and training of judges, the relationship between the judiciary and administrators and judicial reform, fast tracking and automated court systems.

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Albania

Sir Stanley Burnton and Sir Robert Owen attended a Conference and Opening of the Academic Year in Tirana, which included the graduation ceremony for the new judges. It was an excellent opportunity to meet the new British Ambassador in Tirana and his new Deputy Head of Mission, and discuss their priorities for the coming year […]

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Albania

In June, Sir David Latham visited to discuss what would be needed in the coming year and the support the Foundation could provide for the judicial reform programme. These included meetings with Greg Riley Smith, a UK prison Governor seconded to a twinning mission concerned with improvements to the prison system in Albania, and with […]

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Bahrain

A scoping visit to Bahrain in May carried out by Sir Robin Auld, Sir David Keene and Peter Risk. In the course of this visit, the team met members and staff of the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC), the body with responsibility for the judiciary in Bahrain, the Judicial Inspectorate, the Minister of Justice, the Civil […]

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