Darinka Piqani on transparency and the right to information in EU law in Tirana
Darinka Piqani visited the Law Faculty of the University of Tirana (Albania) on 16-20 January 2023 and lectured on the transparency and the right to information in EU law. These lectures were held in the context of the Research Expertise from the Academic Diaspora (READ) Fellowship that Dr Piqani holds since June 2022.
The READ Fellowship Programme is funded by the Albanian-American Development Foundation, and is implemented with the support of the Institute of International Education. Other teaching activities include lectures planned in March 2023 at the Albanian School of Magistrates and the Albanian School of Public Administration.
Apart from teaching, the fellowship includes collaborative research with Professor Eralda Met'hasani and Andrea Mazelliu in the project 'Right to information in Albania: Decisions of the Commissioner on the Right to Information and Data Protection and court practice'. The project aims at analysing the practice of the Commissioner from the perspective of standards set by the Court of Justice of the EU and the European Court of Human Rights. Other aspects of the fellowship include the publication of a handbook containing judgments of the Court of Justice of the EU, Albanian judicial practice and decisions of the Commissioner on the Right to Information and Data Protection, a forum on the right to information, as well as a podcast with key findings from the project. The project is relevant for the Albanian legal context considering the ongoing accession negotiations between EU and Albania.