The steering body, General Assembly and the Decision Making Board

The Albanian Helsinki Committee has the honor of having its membership of 14 members, of prominent intellectuals in different fields of knowledge and society. The highest directing and decision-making are the General Assembly Meeting and the decision making Board. AHC is advised by an advisory board of five members of its membership.

The supreme steering body of the Association is the General Meeting of AHC Members (General Assembly). As a rule, it convenes once in six months, but in any case not less than once a year.

The decision making Board is elected from the General Meeting and is composed from 5 members, who are elected for a two-year mandate, renewable. The Board is renewed every two years, substituting not less than two of its members.

General Assembly members:

  • Prof. Dr. Shaban Sinani – President
  • Prof. Dr. Aurela Anastasi
  • Z. Kujtim Çashku
  • Z. Niazi Jaho
  • Prof. Dr. Arben Puto
  • Z. Florian Ballhysa
  • Dr. Zana Sota
  • Av. Flamur Çato
  • Av. Fatmir Braka
  • Z. Artur Metani
  • Z. Elvis Koçi
  • Prof. As. Sokol Sadushi
  • Prof. Dr. Artan Hoxha
  • Av. Vjollca Meçaj

Decision Making Board members of the Organization:

1. Vjollca MeçajChairwomen of the Board and member of the Assembly, was born on 20.01.1951, Durres, Albania.

She graduated on the Faculty of Law at the University of Tirana in 1973.

Long professional career has enabled gaining some good habits in terms of writing and reasoning of court decisions but not limited to, she gained also the ability to prepare materials such as reports, researches, studies. Legal writing and reasoning is another skill cultivated during years of work at the Albanian parliamentary, as Constitutional Judge, Judge, as employee in the Ministry of Education and Culture and as Executive Director, while lecturing at university has developed skills for the preparation of modules, programs, and capabilities for monitoring the debate and getting conclusions.

  • Since 2004 is a member of the Constitutional Court.
  • 2009 – March 2016 worked as Executive Director of Albanian Helsinki Committee
  • Is a lecturer at the School of Magistrates, Tirana, and has worked also in several private Universities as lecturer.
  • She was distinguished for extensive activity in the field of human rights, especially in terms of protecting the rights of women and the fight against corruption. She has participated in several working groups to develop a set of draft laws.
  • In 2001 she was elected as the Executive Director of "Women Advocacy Center" in Tirana.
  • During 1992-1997 he exercised freelance the profession of lawyer and notary.
  • Has worked as judge and deputy chairman in Berat District Court until 1977 and then worked as a lawyer at the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Culture.

2. Prof. Dr. Sokol Sadushi, Member of the Board and the Assembly, was born on 27.07.1963, in Vlora;

He graduated in Law at the University of Tirana in 1986 and has completed Master studies in the same faculty in 2003. In 2006 he received the title of "Doctor of Science" and in 2013 received the scientific degree of "Associate Professor". He worked as a prosecutor in the Department of General Control in the District of Vlora (1986-1991). Has been lecturer of "Administrative law", "Comparative Constitutional Right," "Constitutional control" at the Faculty of Law, University of Tirana (1992-2010). Has worked as a lawyer for the period 1993-1998. He was a member of the Constitutional Court from 1998 - 2011. From 1997 he is lecturer of the course "Administrative Law" at the School of Magistrates and since 2014 he is the Director of this School. He is the author of several books such as "The Constitutional Court and Law Control of the Administration", " Development of Constitutional Justice”, "Administrative Right", "Administrative Rights 2”,"Constitutional Control". He is also the author of numerous scientific articles and books in the field of constitutional and administrative law. He is a member of several bodies some nonprofit organizations like the Albanian Helsinki Committee, Albanian Center for Human Rights and the Soros Foundation.

3. Elvis Koçi, Member of the Board and the Assembly, was born on 02.10.1978, in Tirana;

Educational background in both Law and Finance

  • US Army, Joined Contracting Center, Rinas, Albania
    Database Maintenance and Purchasing Officer Assistant
    Apr–Jul 1999
  • Albanian Helsinki Committee
  • Albanian Helsinki Committee
    Coordinator of project “Public Education and Monitoring of Local Elections”
    (Held 5 seminars in different cities, distributed a leaflet in bigger cities; Coordinated 58 monitors in the election day half of whom in suburban areas; Elaborated the final report of AHC on the Local Elections)
    Aug-Nov 2000
  • OSCE Presence in Albania
    Assistant to Deputy Head of Mission (Part time)
  • Faculty of Economic Studies, University of Tirana
    Assistant – Finance-Accounting Department (Part time)
  • OSCE Presence in Albania
    Finance Assistant
  • Terre Des Hommes Mission in Albania
    Finance and Administration Manager
  • Raiffeisen Bank Albania
    Head of Budget Monitoring and Procurement Department
  • Raiffeisen Bank, Albania
    Head of Central Procurement Department
  • 1997 - Completed with maximum valuations in all matters for all four years of study from High School “Sami Frasheri”, Tirana
    Extensive experience in international organizations environment
    Long experience with Procurement and accounting.
  • 2002 - Graduated with diploma from the Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Tirana. Title: Financier-Accountant, Finance Profile
  • 2004 - Graduated with diploma from the Faculty of Law, University of Tirana. Title: Lawyer
  • 2007 - Master Universitario in Finanza Aziendale e Controllo di Gestione, Universita delli Studi di Modena Reggio-Emilia. (Master in Finances of Enterprises and Management Control - Lessons in English and Italian)

4. Attorney at law, Florian Ballhysa, Member of the Board and the Assembly, was born on 23.12.1978, in Tirana.

He graduated in law (Integrated Diploma of Second Level) at the Law Faculty - Tirana University, in 2001. Finished the Master of Science in European Studies at the European Studies School - Tirana University. Speaks three languages, English, French and Italian.

Has worked as:

  • Chief of Cabinet and Legal Advisor
    Ministry of Justice, Tirana (Albania)
  • Legal Advisor
    Supreme Court of Albania, Tirana (Albania)
  • Legal Advisor
    Parliament of Albania, Tirana (Albania)
  • Lawyer
    • Offering legal consultancy to state, private and international institutions on the legislative process, administrative and civil law.
    • Preparing legal opinions and drafting legal acts for the clients.
    • Short term National expert, Euralius Mission IV "Consolidation of the Justice System in Albania", funded by EU.
    • Short term National expert, OSCE Presence in Albania.
    • Short term National expert, Swiss Embassy in Albania
    • 09/2015–Present

5. Zana SOTA




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