Albania 2014


Come explore Albania with ISIL friends and discuss ideas for a truly prosperous and peaceful society!

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Each year ISIL hosts an international conference somewhere new in the world. This is a fantastic way to learn first hand what’s happening on the ground in different countries. Not what the media tells you is happening, but from local libertarians. Hear from an engaging and diverse range of speakers from a variety of countries the latest in libertarian and free-market thought as well as what is being done by local activist movements to promote freedom.

Become a part of the ever-growing ISIL family. Take a break from the ideological frustrations you have with those around you at home, and have a fantastic time meeting and just plain hanging out with intelligent, like-minded people of all ages and backgrounds. Have a look at what took place at some of our past conferences in: Lausanne, Switzerland (2013); Shanghai, China (2012); Vulcano, Sicily (2011)…

Take the opportunity to explore a new country with these same awesome people on one of our post-conference tours of the Albanian countryside, specially designed to give you exposure to both beautiful natural landscapes and impressive historical spots.

This fantastic bargain of package for the conference includes four nights in a first-class hotel, a high-class gala and banquet, lunch and snacks each day, on top of an excellent program. Register today!


Barbara Kolm Albania

Topic: “Why free markets work best”

Kolm Barbara PhD, President of the Friedrich A. v. Hayek Institute in Vienna, Austria and Founder and Director of the Austrian Economics Center. Being a worldwide networker she uses these abilities to promote free market policies; in addition she is a frequent speaker at international conferences on public policy related issues, especially on deregulation and competition topics, the Future of Europe and Austrian Economics.
She is a guest at TV shows and comments daily public policy in media.
Barbara Kolm is an Associate Professor of Austrian Economics at the University of Donja Gorica, Montenegro and a member of the Board of Business Consultants of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber and a Member of the Mont Pélerin Society. She is President of the European Center for Economic Growth. Since 2014 she is one of the 21 members of the ´Committee for Adoption of Best Practices´ (CAMP) of the president of Honduras ZEDE (Zone for Employment and Economic Development).

virgis daukas ISIL

Topic:”On slavery. What are the options?” – Some reflections of his personal experiences and thoughts about Liberty movement.

Virginijus Daukas is ISIL rep. for Lithuania, mathematician, journalist, economist, participating in Liberty movement since 1991, year when Lithuania broke through the Soviet empire. Since then he published books, hold conferences, seminars and camps, ran a TV show, organized some political and other events towards the free society.

Henri Cili Albania

Topic: “Will Liberal Philosophy Appeal Only to a Minority?”

Henri Cili is the administrator of the European University of Tirana.

He graduated from Tirana University with a degree in Journalism, then he obtained a degree in Political Sciences from the University of Paris 8, France.
He has a PhD in Communication Sciences from Sorbonne University, France.

Henri is lecturer of Journalism and Communication at European University of Tirana and of Political Sciences at Tirana State University.

In addition, he is a well-known journalist, as well as the chief editor of Albaniannewspaper and Spectrum magazine.

Carlo Lottieri Albania

Topic: “What Swiss society can teach to contemporary libertarians”

Carlo Lottieri is Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Siena and he teaches also Philosophy of Law in Lugano (Switzerland). He is Director of Political Theory Department of IBL (Istituto Bruno Leoni), a libertarian think tank based in Turin. He studied in Genoa, Geneva and Paris. His research interests cover Federalism, Libertarianism, Political Theology, Elitism, Evolutionary Theory of Law, Commons and Private Property, Modern State. He edited many works by Bruno Leoni in English, French, Italian, Spanish and Czech. Now he is working on a book on Switzerland and its idea of freedom.

Cris Lingle

Topic:”Intellectual property rights & efficient legal rules”

Christopher LINGLE earned a doctorate in economics from the University of Georgia in 1977. Since then, he has been employed at universities in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and USA.

He is Visiting Professor at Universidad Francisco Marroquín (Guatemala), Adjunct Scholar at the Centre for Independent Studies (Sydney), Research Scholar at the Centre for Civil Society (New Delhi), and Member of the Academic Advisory Council of the Globalization Institute (Brussels).

Dr. LINGLE’s research interests are in the areas of Political Economy and International Economics. He focuses upon emerging market economies and public policy reform in Europe, East Asia, Latin America and Southern Africa. His work has appeared as chapters in books, the international media, and scholarly journals.

His book on the political economy of Singapore’s development was entitled, Singapore’s Authoritarian Capitalism: Asian Values, Free Market Illusions, and Political Dependency (1996). He is widely credited with anticipating the turmoil in the East Asian economies that began in 1997 (The Rise and Decline of the ‘Asian Century’: False Starts on the Road to the ‘Global Millennium’, May 1997).


Topic: Balkan Benelux

Gunther Fehlinger is the President of Europeans for Tax reform, which aims to reduce taxes across Europe and promote the Flat Tax in particular He is also the President of CFACT Europe, an organization that advocates market-oriented environmental policies.

Originally from Austria, he has worked extensively in Brussels and the Balkan regions, focused particularly on regional development and tax reform.

todd wood

Topic: The Overwhelming Sovereign Debt of the United States and its Impact on Geopolitics

L. Todd Wood is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and former special operations helicopter pilot. His second career included 18 years on Wall Street as an emerging market debt trader. He has conducted business in over 40 countries. He left the financial world in 2011 to write and has published three thriller novels that deal with important geopolitical issues such as the status of the USD as a reserve currency, American involvement in the Middle East, and why societies fail. He is a foreign correspondent for Newsmax TV and contributes to Fox Business, The Moscow Times, and others. He splits his time between NYC and Moscow.

Grida Duma Albania

Topic:A Review of “12 Liberal Theses of Development Beyond 2013”

Grida graduated in 1999 with a degree in Social Sciences from the University of Tirana. In 2004 she obtained an MBA from Tirana University. She has been a lecturer and the Head of the Sociology Department at the Social Sciences Faculty of Tirana University; a lecturer of Business Administration at “Marin Barleti” University, and at the European University of Tirana.

She has worked as a team leader and senior national consultant for several projects centering on civil society development, civic education and reform of civics curricula for international organizations active in Albania, such as the Soros Foundation and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Her latest publication is 12 Liberal Theses for Development Beyond 2013″

Henrik Sundbom Albania

Topic: “A New Nordic Model”

Henrik Sundbom is the Editor in Chief of The Global Entrepereneur, an upcoming online publication, highlighting the merits of
entrepreneurship and globalization as drivers for global development and poverty reduction. He has previously served as Editor in Chief for the Free World Magazine

(Frivärld Magasin), an online publication about foreign policy, and run the program area Free Enterprise and Development at the free-market think tank Stockholm Free World Forum. He has worked with democracy support and promotion of market economy in Eastern Europe
for the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation, as an editiorialist at Upsala Nya Tidning and published articles in most of Sweden’s biggest daily newspapers.

Besart Kadia Albania

Topic: “Neo-Liberalism and Economic Growth in Eastern European countries”

Besart Kadia is a lecturer of Macro-and Micro-economics, Applied statistics and Political economy at the European University of Tirana.
He is also local coordinator for the Regional Scientific and Promotional Research Program in the Western Balkans.

His academic background is in the fields of political science, economic and financial studies. He completed his bachelor studies in Economy and Politics at Bristol University, UK , and then an MA in Economy and Finance at the same university.

Presently he is the Executive Director of the Foundation for Economic Freedom in Tirana.

Frank Karsten Albania

Topic: “It is getting better all the time.”

Contrary to popular belief, the environment and the world are not going to shambles. And for libertarians there are reasons to be cheerful too, for in many ways liberty world wide has increased and despite some setbacks the future of liberty seems promising.

Frank Karsten is chairman of the Mises Institute Netherlands and of Stichting Meer Vrijheid (More Freedom Foundation), two Dutch libertarian organizations which act to reduce taxes and government intervention. Together with Karel Beckman he wrote Beyond Democracy, Why democracy does not lead to solidarity, prosperity and liberty but to social conflict, runaway spending and a tyrannical government. The book is now available in 11 languages.

Mitja Steinbacher Albania

Topic:”The Law, Economy and the State”

Mitja Steinbacher holds masters degree from mathematical economics and is a third year PhD candidate at the Maribor University. In his doctorate, Mitja investigates the stability of the banking system. From 2006 he presents his research at the Society for Computational Economics conferences and since 2013 at the Artificial Economics. Since 2011, he is an elected assistant for quantitative methods in economics at the Faculty of Business Studies at the Catholic Institute in Ljubljana. His fields of research include, but are not limited to dynamic networks, network finance, and the analysis of various aspects of institutional arrangements within the scopes of political economy. He is a regular columnist for on-line magazine and an occasional writer for Slovenski čas.

Ali Massoud Albania

Topic: “Democracy and Economic Development: What Empirical Studies Have Been Missing.”

Ali Massoud is the Head of Economics Department, Faculty of Commerce, Sohag University, Sohag, Egypt. He is also the Managing Director and the Owner of South Valley for Economic Studies & Consultancy and Capacity Building.
He has worked with UNDP, UNHABITAT, USAID, and many international donners in the area of local Economies Development, Decentralization, Education Reform, and Strategic Planning.

Christian Michel Albania

Topic: Why the Future is Libertarian.

Christian Michel is a Parisian by birth who lived many years in Geneva, where he ran his own finance company.

After moving to London, he became advisor to several non-profit organisations, president of Libertarian International, and a director of ISIL. Christian is the author of La Liberté, deux ou trois choses que je sais d’elle; Vivre ensemble; Bricks of Freedom; and many papers and articles, posted on various internet sites.

Adri Nurellari Albania

Topic: “Recent Liberal Reforms in the Balkans”

Adri Nurellari graduated from the University College of London, UK, where he is currently a PhD candidate. Currently he works as a Cabinet Advisor to Kosovo’s Prime Minister in Pristina.

Adri is one of the founders and director of the Albanian Liberal Institute. He is a liberal activist, with a strong voice in the media, advocating free market ideas and individual freedom.

Mary Ruwart Albania

Topic: “How ANY Country Can Become Wealthy”

Dr. Ruwart is the Chair of ISIL, the International Society for Individual Liberty. She is best known for her international best-seller, Healing Our World and Short Answers to the Tough Questions.

Ken Schoolland Albania

Topic: “Transforming the Third World: The India Property Rights Project”

Ken Schoolland is President of the International Society for Individual Liberty, a member of the Board of Scholars of Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, and Director of the Entrepreneurship Center and an Associate Professor of Economics at Hawaii Pacific University. He is the author ofThe Adventures of Jonathan Gullible: A Free-Market Odyssey.

Ermal Hasimja Albania

Topic: “Escape from freedom: How politics teaches equality to young generations.”

Dr. Ermal Hasimja is a Political Science professor at the University of New York in Tirana. He teaches political philosophy and political communication. He’s active in the media (television and newspapers) and used to be an adviser of the Prime Minister of Albania.
He studied Journalism in Tirana and Political Science in Paris and London.

Topic: “The Source of the wealth”

Hiroshi Yoshida is an award-winning Certified Public Accountant and Licensed Tax Accountant with a PhD in Policy Studies from Chiba University. He is the President of The Institute of Public Sector Accounting and of The Free Economy Institute and originated the “Taxpayer’s Day” and “Children’s Day” in Japan. He is one of the founding members of Japan for Tax Reform (JTR) and the coordinator of Government Accounting Seminars, attended by more than 9000 people, including 606 officials from various levels of government, who signed the “Tax Protection Pledge.” Dr Yoshida also created the famous Japanese slogan “Kodomo ni tsuke wo mawasanai” meaning “Do Not Push Deficits Onto Children.” This motto can be found on posters and documents around Japan, and increase the public’s overall awareness about public accounting.

Kris Haladus ISIL

Topic:”The Collision Between Statism and Freedom In Local Governance.”

Elected as the sole businessman and freedom activist to a 28-member City Council in Poland, Kris Haladus seemed as if he had come from a different world. Frequently the lone dissenter, voting one against 27, he tried to convince others of freedom solutions. He will talk of his struggle – many times losing, but sometimes winning.

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Conference Venue

Tirana International Hotel and Conference Center

Located in the heart of Tirana City Centre, very near the National Museum, Opera House and Art Gallery


Tirana City Center, Scanderbeg Square, Build. 8 , Entr. 1
Tirana, Albania
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Included Amenities

  • Wifi
  • Gym
  • Sauna
  • Turkish Bath

Coming to Albania

1. Visas – for most of the countries, no visa requirements. Countries that need visas and embassies where to apply are found in the following link: You can also find on the same link the application procedure and documentation for visas.

2. The airport tax is usually included in the ticket price, so no tax to pay for the entry.

3. Transport from “Mother Teresa” Airport, which is 18 km from Tirana city.


By bus – 2 Euro/person, one way. Buses are every hour and go straight to the Tirana International Hotel at Scanderbeg Square, right in the center of Tirana.

By taxi – 18-20 Euros one way. More info at , section Getting
here & Parking.

4. The currency used in hotels is Euro. In the shops, bars and restaurants, you can pay in LEK, the Albanian currency. Most of the exchange offices are secure and do not take commission fee. Those who have commissions write it on the door.

1 Euro = 140 Lek
1 USD = 104 Lek

5. Dinners – only 2 will be on everybody’s own (as there are two receptions included in the overall payment). There are a lot of bars, fast foods and restaurants around the center, which serve every kind of food. You can eat and drink very cheaply and well.

Good bars, pubs and night clubs are situated just 10-15 minutes walk from the hotel, in the area that is called Taiwan Park and “The BLOCK”, referring to the place where communist leaders lived before the 90’s. At Tirana International Hotel, there is also a night club and an inside swimming pool to spend free hours.

Taste the Albanian national food at Piceria “Era” near Block. Other suggested bars/restaurants: Taiwan (Central Park), La Voglia (opposite Taiwan), Vogue (in Block), etc.

7. Shopping area is quite close to the city center. Best clothes’ shops are situated in “Myslym Shyri” street, 10 min from the hotel, in front of Taiwan and around the BLOCK.

8. Public transport is only buses. The ticket costs 30 Lek (less than 0,4 euro). You can also hire bikes at 1 euro/hr.

Post Confererence tour

3 nights at Tirana hotel, bus, English guide, visits, and lunches included

Single – $619 / Shared – $419

Day 1 Tirana – Kruje – Shkoder – Tirana


In the morning departure to Kruja medieval town, located on the slope of a mountain. An old bazaar leads you up to the castle of the National Hero Skanderbeg. Visit in the castle of the city, housing the Skanderbeg Museum and the Ethnographic museum.

After Kruja, depart to the city of Shkodra. In almost two hours we will be in Shkodra city. The group will have a sightseeing of Shkodra city, visit the ancient Castle of Rozafa , which is near Shkodra Lake. Time for lunch. Travel back to Tirana.


is a town in north central Albania. The museums of Krujë include the Skanderbeg museum and the national ethnographic museum. The Skanderbeg museum, founded in 1982, was built in the environs of the Krujë castle. Its collection includes mostly 15th century artifacts related to the Albanian-Ottoman wars, during which the castle was besieged four times by the Ottoman army. The national ethnographic museum of Krujë was founded in 1989 and is located in a 15–6 room villa of the Toptani family built in 1764. The main exhibits of the museum are objects of artisanship, whose age varies from 60 to 500 years.


is a city in northwestern Albania in the District of Shkodër, of which it is the capital. It is one of the oldest and most historic places in Albania, as well as an important cultural and economic centre. Rozafa castle (Albanian: Kalaja e Rozafës/Kalaja e Rozafatit) is a castle near the city of Shkodër, in northwestern Albania. It rises imposingly on a rocky hill, 130 metres above sea level, surrounded by the Bojana and Drin rivers. Shkodër is the capital of the District of Shkodër, and is one of Albania’s oldest and most historic towns, as well as an important cultural and economic centre.

Day 2 Tirana – Berat – Apollonia - Tirana


After breakfast travel towards the city of Berat. While you approach the centre of the city, the typical buildings impress you. Visit to the castle, built up on a rocky hill 260m above the sea level. Churches here have survived within its powerful stony walls. With interest, is the church, which preserves wooden-engraved iconostasis, housing the “Onufri” museum. Visit to the other objects: Lead Mosque, Bachelor’s Mosque, Gorica Bridge and many dwelling houses of the 18th and 19th centuries. Time for lunch.

After lunch departure to Apollonia, located 12km from Fier. It is one of the most well known archeological sites in the country. Visit the amphitheatre, and the courtyard of the Monastery where there is a Byzantine style church built in the 14th century. Here you can see some monuments like the Encircling Wall, the Monument of Agonotheteve, Odeon, Portico, the Mosaics House, Fontana, and the church of Saints Mary. Travel back to Tirana for dinner and overnight.


is a town located in south-central Albania and the capital of both the District of Berat and the larger County of Berat. As of 2009, the town has an estimated population of around 71,000[1] people. In July 2008, the old town (Mangalem district) was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Berat Castle is built on a rocky hill on the right bank of the river Osum and is accessible only from the south. The main entrance, on the north side, is defended by a fortified courtyard and there are three smaller entrances. The fortress of Berat in its present state, even though considerably damaged, remains a magnificent sight. The surface that it encompasses made it possible to house a considerable portion of the town’s inhabitants. The buildings inside the fortress were built during the 13th century and because of their characteristic architecture are preserved as cultural monuments.


was established in the 7th century B.C., by Greek settlers from Corinth and Corcyra, the ancient city is located 11 km to the west of the modern city of Fier. Archaeological excavations have revealed that Apollonia achieved its zenith in the 4th – 3rd centuries B.C. The city had a 4 km long surrounding wall. It has been estimated that during the developed stages of the city, 60000 inhabitants lived inside its imposing walls. Among the most interesting monuments worth visiting are the Bouleterion (city council), the library, the triumphal arch, the temple of Artemis, the Odeon built in the 2nd century B.C., the two-storey 77 mlongStoa, a theater with a capacity of 10000 spectators, and the Nymphaeum, a monumental water fountain. The statues and objects are displayed in the museum, which is housed in the monastery. Monastery courtyard is enclosed a Byzantine church dating back to the 14th century.

Day 3 Tirana – Durres – Dajti Mountain – Tirana


In the morning trip to the ancient city of Durres, that is also the most important seaport in Albania. Visit the Amphitheatre, the biggest in the Balkan Peninsula (capacity 15.000 spectators) with a rare wall mosaic, which belongs to the 2nd century A.D, the Archeological Museum, many mosaics, ancient public baths, etc. Travel back to Tirana, where we will take the Cable Car to the National Park of Dajti Mountain. There we will spent some free time enjoying the fresh air and spectacular views that this mountain will offer to us. Lunch in Tirana.

Then we will come back to Tirana where we will have a sightseeing tour of Tirana, starting from the Skanderbeg square. Visit in the National History Museum, E`them Bey Mosque, Clock Tower etc. Then continue to the main boulevard where are found the different ministries, Academy of Fine Arts, Main University etc.


is the second largest city of Albania located on the central Albanian coast, about 33 km (21 mi) west of the capital Tirana. It is one of the most ancient and economically significant cities of Albania. Some important buildings in Durrës include the main library, the cultural center with the Aleksandër Moisiu Theatre, the Estrada Theater,the puppet theater, and the philharmonic orchestra.

There are also several museums such as the Durrës Archaeological Museum, Royal Villa of Durrës and the Museum of History (the house of Aleksandër Moisiu). The city hosts the Durrës Ancient City Wall also called Durrës Castle while the largest amphitheatre in the Balkans is located in the city close to the harbour. The first-century construction is currently under consideration for inscription as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Durres city is at the seaside and has a long beautiful beach along the Adriatic Sea.

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