Kosovo Legal Profession Program

A capable and well-regulated legal industry is essential to strengthening the Rule of Law in Kosovo.  With the completion of the appointment process for judges and prosecutors, the passage of key laws governing the judiciary, and the restructuring of the courts, Kosovo must now raise the bar for the legal profession by enforcing standards for ethics and discipline, and preparing the legal workforce for the needs of the future.  

Beginning in 2012, USAID’s Kosovo Legal Profession Program took a new approach to the development of the legal system to furthering the development of the country’s legal education system.

Core Interventions

Partnerships  with  University Law Faculties

  • Strengthening graduate clinical legal education
  • Facilitating expanded career services for students
  • Building university capacity to conduct research

Engaging Chamber of Advocates

  • Improving the regulatory framework of the legal profession;
  • Strengthening the disciplinary system and enforcement of ethics standards;
  • Promoting continuing education and specialization;
  • Enhancing member services and engagement.

Results:

  • New curricula and class modules were developed for all clinics at the University of Pristina Law Faculty and Iliria College.
    University of Pristina Law Faculty and Iliria College research is now published on SSRN.
  • Students are exposed to practical skills through guest lecturers (two lawyers, two notaries, civil judges, arbitrators) and
    site visits (Pristina Courts and the American Chamber of Commerce ADR Center).
  • New Law on the Bar is now in force and all Kosovo Bar Association regulations harmonized.
    Regular Bench-Bar meetings and a new website are providing much needed membership services.
  • The Kosovo Bar Association Gender Committee is aggressively implementing its
    Annual Action Plan to promote equity and empowerment.
  • The University of Prishtina Law Faculty and Iliria College endorsed the creation of a
    much-needed Office of Clinical Studies to support sustainable delivery of masters-level legal clinics.
  • Students were provided internships, career guidance from working professionals, resume-writing, and interview training.
  • For the first time, Chamber of Advocates enforced disciplinary sanctions for lawyers failing to meet continuing
    legal education requirements.
  • The Chamber of Advocates Gender Committee enacted its first Annual Action Plan to promote equity and empowerment. 

Project Duration:                  January 2012 – January 2015

USAID Contact:                     Gresa Caka

Implementing Partner:         National Center for State Courts (NCSC)

Last updated: November 14, 2014

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