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Legal News
21 Jan 2016
by Justin Cosgrove

The EU's justice mission in Kosovo (EULEX) [official website] sentenced [press release] a Serb politician to nine years in prison for war crimes against ethnic Albanian civilians on Thursday. Oliver Ivanovic was arrested [JURIST report] in January 2014 for the murder and torture of Albanian civilians during the 1999 war … [read more]


Legal News
27 Aug 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Serbia and Kosovo signed agreements Tuesday in several key areas, taking a major step towards reconciling ties since the 1990s war. The agreement areas include energy, telecoms, establishment of the Association/Community of Serb majority municipalities as well as the Freedom of Movement/Mitrovica Bridge. The Prime Ministers agreed on the … [read more]


Legal News
30 May 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] Judges of the EU Rule of Law Mission (EULEX) [official website] in Kosovo issued verdicts in the Drenica I and Drenica II [press releases] cases on Wednesday and sentenced 11 Kosovo Albanian men to prison. The charges included the intentional perpetration of violence, cruel treatment, beating, torture, humiliating and … [read more]


Legal News
24 Apr 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] Lawmakers in Kosovo on Wednesday voted 89-22 to create an EU-backed court that will investigate crimes committed by ethnic Albanian rebels during the 1998 war with Serbia [BBC backgrounder]. The move follows [AP report] international pressure for Kosovo to open a state investigation into civilian killings committed by the … [read more]


Legal News
18 Apr 2014
by Stephen Adelgren

[JURIST] Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci [official website] on Thursday called on the nation's parliament to vote on creating a European Union-backed tribunal to investigate allegations of harvesting organs from dead Serbs during the 1990s Balkans war. In a press release [text], Thaci stated, "although the issue is completely unfair … [read more]


Legal News
4 Apr 2014
by Stephen Adelgren

[JURIST] The Associated Press has discovered [AP report] plans by the European Union to instate a war crimes tribunal to deal specifically with allegations focusing on offenses committed by Kosovo's ethnic Albanian rebels during the 1998 war [BBC backgrounder] with Serbia. During the war, the Albanian rebels were supported by … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jan 2014
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] An international judge from the Mitrovica Basic Court [official website] on Tuesday ordered a one-month detention for a Kosovo Serb politician, Oliver Ivanovic, who is suspected of committing war crimes and aggravated murder during the 1998-1999 Kosovo conflict [BBC backgrounder]. The order was in response to a request by … [read more]


Legal News
8 Nov 2013
by Stephen Adelgren

[JURIST] A European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) [official website] prosecutor in the Kosovo Special Prosecution Office filed an indictment [press release] against 15 defendants on Friday in the EULEX Mitrovica Basic Court [OSCE backgrounder, PDF]. The individuals are accused of war crimes against civilians that occurred … [read more]


Legal News
18 Sep 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] The European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) [official website] on Tuesday acquitted [press release] Fatmir Limaj [JURIST news archive], a close ally of Prime Minister Hashim Thaci [official website], of war crimes charges. Limaj was accused of killing and torturing Serbian prisoners at a Kosovo Liberation … [read more]


Legal News
27 Aug 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] The UN Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) [official website] failed to adequately investigate missing person reports in the aftermath of the 1998-99 Kosovo war with Serbia [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reported [text] Tuesday. According to AI, a 1999 UN resolution charged the UNMIK with … [read more]


Legal News
24 May 2013
by G. Redd

[JURIST] The European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) [official website] and the Kosovo Police Special Operations Unit ROSU [EU backgrounder, PDF] arrested five people Thursday on suspicion of war crimes in the 1998-1999 conflict [JURIST news archive]. Although the names of the accused were not released, the … [read more]


Legal News
29 Apr 2013
by Jerry Votava

[JURIST] The European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) [official website] on Monday sentenced [press release] five men to prison for their roles in an organ trafficking syndicate. Lufti Dervishi and his son Arban Devishi were found guilty of "Trafficking in Persons and Organised Crime." Sokol Hajdini, Islam … [read more]


Legal News
21 Apr 2013
by Jaimie Cremeans

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [UN profile] released a statement [text] on Friday welcoming a landmark agreement between Serbia and Kosovo regarding membership in the European Union (EU) [official website] that he hopes will help bring stability to the Balkans. The agreement [text], negotiated in Brussels on Friday, states that … [read more]


Legal News
19 Apr 2013
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) [official website] on Thursday began the retrial of Fatmir Limaj [JURIST news archive], a prominent political figure in the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) [official website, in Albanian] and former commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA). Nine other … [read more]


Legal News
24 Mar 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) [official website] prosecutor Jonathan Ratel filed additional charges on Friday against seven Kosovo citizens on trial for illegal kidney trafficking. This is the first time Ratel alleged [AP report] that a link existed between the suspects and high-ranking Kosovo officials. … [read more]


Legal News
25 Nov 2012
by Jerry Votava

[JURIST] The European Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) [official website] on Saturday arrested Fatmir Limaj, a prominent political figure in the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) [official website, in Albanian] and former commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA). Limaj was arrested [B92 report] for his actions actions … [read more]


Legal News
20 Nov 2012
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] The Kosovo Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered a retrial [press release] against Kosovo politician and parliamentarian Fatmir Limaj [JURIST news archive] and three other co-defendants on charges of war crimes allegedly committed during the 1998-99 Kosovo war with Serbia [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Limaj allegedly ordered the torture … [read more]


Legal News
20 Sep 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans

[JURIST] A Serbian war crimes court on Wednesday convicted 11 former members of the Albanian Kosovo Liberation Army [JURIST news archive] (KLA) of war crimes committed in Kosovo in 1999, acquitting six others. The 11 convicted were sentenced [Expatica report] to up to 15 years in prison for crimes including … [read more]


Legal News
26 May 2012
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] Moshe Harel was arrested in connection with the organ trafficking operation in Kosovo during the 1998-1999 Kosovo War [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] the European Union Rule of Law Mission to Kosovo (EULEX) [official website] said Friday. A report [text] authored by Council of Europe (COE) [official website] member … [read more]


Student Commentary
8 May 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Kushtrim Tolaj, an LL.M. Candidate at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, is the author of the sixth entry in a 14-part series from the LL.M. students of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Tolaj discusses Kosovo's efforts to establish a more efficient judicial system … [read more]

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