The main partners and beneficiaries of the Project are the Kosovo Judicial Council, the Kosovo Judicial Institute, the Kosovo Prosecutorial Council, the Kosovo Bar Association, the Constitutional Court, the Ombudsperson Institution in Kosovo, the Ministry of Justice and the civil society.

The main aim is to support the institutional set up and a coherent legislative framework for Kosovo* non-judicial human rights institutions; to enhance transparency and efficiency of the Kosovo* judiciary; and to build the capacity of legal professionals as regards the application of the European Convention on Human Rights in Kosovo*.

The following results are expected:

  • the role and visibility of the Ombudsperson Institution in Kosovo (OIK) in the system of human rights protection is supported and the capacity of its staff to apply European human rights standards when dealing with individual complaints is enhanced. The OIK’s performance under the new law is assessed;
  • expert assistance is provided to the Kosovo* authorities, upon request, on the design and implementation regulations/planning documents related to human rights institutions.
  • the system of assessment of the judicial and prosecutorial performance is in line with European best practices;
  • a case law database is created and used by legal professionals;
  • the European Convention on Human Rights, the case law of the European Court of Human Rights and the other European human rights standards are correctly applied by the Constitutional Court, the ordinary judiciary, prosecutors and lawyers and the overall quality of domestic judgments is improved; the Council of Europe’s HELP Programme tools and training methodology are used by the partners;
  • the human rights component of the Kosovo Judicial Institute training curriculum is assessed and enhanced.

Project information

  • Duration: 30 months (15 October 2014 – 28 February 2017)
  • Place/ country: Kosovo*
  • Budget: 700 000 €
  • Funding: Government of Norway/Government of Switzerland

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"All reference to Kosovo, whether the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with United Nation’s Security Council Resolution 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo."