Tracing the Impact of the Council of Europe Anti-torture Committee on Albania’s Prison System

  • Brunilda Pali
  • Xhilda Vocaj
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology book series (PSIPP)


The aim of this contribution is to understand the role and impact of international monitoring bodies on prisons, mainly the Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) and its relation with national institutional frameworks, such as the National Preventive Mechanisms (NPMs) and other local and international civil society actors in the framework of the applicability of the ratified international human rights and humanitarian law. The focus on human rights and proper treatment of detained persons was part of the 12 key priorities of the 2010 European Commission (EC)’s Opinion on Albania’s application for membership of the European Union (EU), and it still remains part of Albania’s necessary reforms towards the EU Integration. This chapter provides an analysis of the country’s developments with regard to incorporation of a human rights approach as part of the criminal justice reforms. Special emphasis is put on the role and impact of local and independent prison oversight as a key indicator in preventing, denouncing, and/or redressing violations of the rights of detained persons.


Albania CPT Prison monitoring 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brunilda Pali
    • 1
  • Xhilda Vocaj
    • 2
  1. 1.Leuven Institute of Criminology (LINC), KU LeuvenLeuvenBelgium
  2. 2.International Litigation and ArbitrationParisFrance

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