Kosovo Legal Profession Program

Activity Background

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.

Core Interventions

Partner University Law Faculties

·         Strengthening graduate clinical legal education

·         Facilitating expanded career services for students

·         Building university capacity to conduct research

Chamber of Advocates

·         Improving the regulatory framework for the legal profession

·         Strengthening the disciplinary system and enforcement of ethics standards

·         Promoting continuing education and specialization

·         Enhancing member services and engagement

Results:

·         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.

·         University 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: December 27, 2013

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