About us

The AIRE Centre (Advice on Individual Rights in Europe) is a specialist non-governmental organisation established in 1993 that promotes the implementation of European and international law. To find out more about work of the Centre please visit www.airecentre.org

For twenty five years, the AIRE Centre has built a strong reputation for expertise in the Western Balkans where it has been conducting a series of long-term rule of law programmes in partnership with domestic institutions and courts. The AIRE Centre’s Western Balkans Rule of Law Programme (AIRE Centre WB Programme) now works in close cooperation with ministries of justice, judicial training institutes, courts, and prosecutors to lead, support and assist long term rule of law reform and anti-corruption projects. The AIRE Centre WB Programme also cooperates with the NGO sector across the region to help foster legal reform and respect for fundamental rights. The Programme works to promote and facilitate the proper implementation of international legal and human rights instruments, assist the process of European integration by strengthening the rule of law, and encourage cooperation amongst judges and legal professionals across the region.

Mission and Vision

We bring lasting reform to the law and practice of the countries in the region.  Our work leads to improvements in the rights of citizens; underpins political stability; helps combat organised crime and corruption; and it enhances the conditions for economic prosperity.

We want the region to reaches internationally recognised standards of rule of law and justice and to demonstrably improve the rights of all citizens.


The AIRE Centre has been working to promote the rule of law, human rights and democratic values in the Western Balkans since 1999. Our initial activities were launched in Serbia and in Montenegro in 1999 and expanded in the mid 2000’s to Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, North Macedonia and Kosovo. Over the past two decades, the organisation has built a reputation for making a positive impact and demonstrating a track record of success.

The AIRE Centre is known for its political impartiality and its collaborative approach to working with practitioners. This has allowed the organisation to secure cooperation and learning across jurisdictions and the region, leading to measurable improvements in judicial processes and legislative instruments.

The AIRE Centre prides itself on working to high standards and delivering both high-quality and pragmatic materials. The organisation has always aimed to identify and meet the needs of the communities it serves. Our work on asylum and on the protection of human rights during the COVID-19 pandemic are two key examples of this.

For more information about the AIRE Centre’s recent work, please visit: What We Do.