Fulbright Scholar Program

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Fulbright Scholar Award

Judicial Training

Europe and Eurasia


Award Details
Award Activity

The Scholar will work with faculty members to strengthen the pedagogical component of the courses they teach to students pursuing studies in the Initial Training Program of the School of Magistrates.  Through this award, the Scholar will help the next generation of Albania’s judges and prosecutors acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to perform their judicial responsibilities fairly, correctly, and efficiently. The Scholar will teach components of different courses, examining real cases and using hypothetical scenarios to demonstrate ethical conduct in the courtroom. The Scholar is expected to use moot court simulations to help students develop effective oral communication skills and questioning techniques, and to practice proper judicial conduct.

The Scholar is also expected to co-teach the intellectual property course, focusing on the rules that define and protect the private intellectual rights of individuals in the fields of copyright, trademarks, industrial designs, and patents. The Albanian legal system has seen many copyright and trademarks cases, mainly related to infringement caused by copying, unauthorized use, and the violation of IP owners’ rights.

Students in the initial training program usually range from 30 to 35 years old. They are selected through a competitive process that requires at least five years of education in law, 1.5 years of education in advocacy, and a minimum three years of professional experience in law. In 2019, the School of Magistrates introduced a reformed the curriculum to also include a stronger skills development component to build students’ professional and practical competency.

The Scholar is also expected to co-teach the criminal law, military criminal law course in the Master’s Program, at the Faculty of Law, University of Tirana. The course focuses on criminal acts involving life, property, health, safety etc., punishment and rehabilitation of the person. The Criminal code in Albania, although it entered into force in 1995, has undergone frequent changes and the Ministry of Justice has recently initiated the preparation of a new code.

Students in the Master’s Program usually range from 21 to 23 years old. They are selected through a competitive process that requires at least three years of education in law.

Scholars selected for this award will be required to:
  • Advise and/or mentor students
  • Assist in faculty, curriculum, and/or program development
  • Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses designated by the host institution
Award Length
Four months
Award Dates

October 2022 - February 2023

or Mid-February - Mid-June 2023


School of Magistrates in Tirana

In 23 years of activity and operation, the School of Magistrates (SoM) has laid the foundations of the justice system through the preparation of judges, prosecutors, state advocates, legal assistants, legal councilors, and chancellors to embody a higher professional, ethical, and moral standard, as well as to create a new culture and physiognomy on the model new magistrate.

SoM is the only institution in Albania responsible for training judges and prosecutors.  It is a fully independent institution and is home to the most prominent law professors and magistrates, who act with integrity and bring their practical experience to the classroom.  SoM works to select the best teaching modules to contribute to the quality enhancement and professionalism of young magistrates. It is the direct responsibility of the School of Magistrates to increase the public trust of Albanian citizens in the training of future magistrates who will continue to guarantee the judicial independence and rule of law. Prof. Mariana Semini is the Director of the Initial Training Program and the primary point of contact for the interested applicants. She can be reached via email at msemini@gmail.com Mr. Ador Koleka, Director of International Relations, is another point of contact. He can be reached via email at adorkoleka@yahoo.com 

Faculty of Law, University of Tirana, in Tirana

The Faculty of Law was established in 1954 and is one of the main institutions for educating lawyers. The Faculty of Law aims not only to prepare the new generations of professional lawyers, but also to contribute to the improvement of the justice system, especially since the entire system is undergoing significant reforms.

The training of professional lawyers, with integrity and high ethics, will help improve the justice system and the creation of a new culture of implementation of the rule of law.

The Faculty is home of several Fulbright and other exchange program alumni and has a tradition of hosting U.S .Fulbright Specialists and English Language Fellows. For more information, please contact Professor Sokol Mengjesi, sokol.mengjesi@fdut.edu.al and smengjesi@yahoo.com

Flex Option
Discipline Type
Only applications in the following disciplines will be considered
Areas of Interest

Judicial education based on principles of adult learning

Application Deadline
Activity Type
Professional Project

A Professional Project enables the participant to engage in activities in their area of expertise to enhance their professional development and the field at large. Projects may include serving as a professional consultant to the host organization, sharing expertise, visiting other organizations in their professional field, gaining practical experience, and attending public lectures. While the details vary according to the specific award, the focus of a Professional Project grant should not be research or teaching.


Teaching includes classroom teaching, as well as giving guest lectures, workshops, and seminars, and engaging in other related activities. Classroom teaching is typically at the undergraduate and graduate level, and courses may be designed by the scholar or prescribed by the host institution and may be taught or co-taught by the scholar. The teaching load varies by award, as well as the host institution. Scholars may also consult on building research capacity, advise graduate students, and assist with thesis advising.

Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) not required
Career Profile
Early Career Academics

Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for no more than seven years.


Awards are open to individuals who have more than seven years of experience in a particular profession.

Senior Academics

Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than 13 years.

Number of Recipients
Program Staff
Aferdita Krasniqi
Outreach and Recruitment Officer

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