Chicago-Kent College of Law is
in a unique position to assess how to establish the legal infrastructure in Albania.
As part of the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent
is the only law school in the United States affiliated with a major
technical institution of higher learning. Chicago-Kent College
of Law and the Illinois Institute of Technology have long been at
the forefront of technological change and are committed to understanding
both the theory and applications of information technology.
As such, members of this program are strongly equipped with
the knowledge, intellectual resources, and experience to undertake
Moreover, Chicago-Kent has a long-standing involvement
in Central and East Europe, including Albania, where we have provided
assistance to countries establishing more democratic legal systems.
Specifically, Chicago-Kent's Project
Bosnia has used information technology to further the rule of
law in that war torn country. Project
Bosnia is well known for its concrete accomplishments in connecting legal and journalism
institutions to the Internet.
For instance, building on its earlier success in linking the
Bosnian Constitutional Court, Bosnian Federation Ministry of Justice,
and Ombudsman to the Internet, Project Bosnia
established an independent media network in the Republika
Srpska, providing journalists with a means to disseminate news stories
freely. Additionally, Chicago-Kent
has designed a legal information database for the Bosnian Federation
Ministry of Justice.
In a related project, Operation Kosovo utilized information technology to provide legal information to Kosovar refugees in Albania. We designed a refugee registration database with the assistance of the Albanian Office of Refugees. In addition, we fashioned and implemented a database to help international organizations collect war crimes information from refugees. In Poland, Chicago Kent has also helped use the World Wide Web as a vehicle for cataloguing Polish court decisions, fostering discussion between the bench and bar, and teaching non-lawyers about the law. Open Macedonia is working with the judges and lawyers in Macedonia to help provide increased access to legal information.