Designing a Legal Framework for Democratic Change
This dissertation examines the questions of legitimacy of law and the “institutional dimension” of law and democracy in young democracies. Its developing aim is to build a normative, institutional framework that underlies the importance of interdependent relationships between governmental functions, formal structures, and due process in the making of law and the overall process of building a democratic political system that is effective, stable, and just. The empirical research focuses in the case of Albania and a few comparative references are drawn from the cases of Poland and Russia.
At the first level of analysis, this work seeks to identify some of the functional, structural, and normative issues that concern the relation between the rule of law and democracy in the process of democracy building, and suggests an operative framework for addressing them in better ways. To this, the dissertation examines the workings and the character of interaction between the “primary,” political and judicial, institutions of the political system in the constitutional state responsible for and involved in the making of law and interpretation of law.
At the second level of analysis the focus is upon two functional requirements of “control” and “coordination” at the secondary level of the political system. That is, it explores the range of “horizontal” and “intermediary” institutional arrangements and civil society organizations that can expand the ambit of scrutiny mechanisms and checks and balances in the architecture of institutions of the political system, in order to enhance the overall capacity of the political and civil society for rule of law and democracy.
Fields of Research
Rule of Law and Democracy
Legislation and the Political Process
European Union Integration
Columbia Law School, J.S.D. Candidate, 2008 – Present
Columbia Law School, LL.M. 2008
Karl-Francez University of Graz, M.E.S. 2007
The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, M.A.L.D. 2004
University of Tirana, LL.B. 2000
Professional Experience and Fellowships
Columbia Law School, 2007-2008, Chamberlain Fellow of Legislative Drafting
The Government of Albania, 2006-2007, Diplomatic Advisor
The Government of Kosovo, 2004-2005, Capacity Building Advisor
Royal Danish Embassy in Albania, 2000-2001, Assistant Programme Coordinator
Last updated September 25, 2013