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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
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
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]

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]

Legal News
19 Oct 2011
by Ashley Hileman

[JURIST] The European Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) [official website] on Friday sentenced [ruling, PDF] a former ethnic Albanian rebel fighter to five years in prison for crimes committed against civilians during the 1998-1999 war in Kosovo [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Sali Rexhepi was charged with three … [read more]

Legal News
22 Jul 2010
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] The International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF] Thursday that Kosovo's 2008 declaration of independence from Serbia [JURIST report] did not violate international law. Serbia argued that UN Resolution 1244 [text, PDF], which ended the war in Kosovo, solidified the country's boundaries, which included the southern … [read more]

Legal News
16 Apr 2010
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] Council of Europe Commissioner on Human Rights Thomas Hammarberg [official profile] on Thursday criticized an agreement reached Wednesday between Germany and Kosovo that would return to Kosovo thousands of refugees who fled to Germany during the 1998-1999 Kosovo War [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The agreement calls for Germany … [read more]

Legal News
1 Dec 2009
by Sarah Miley

[JURIST] The International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] began oral arguments on Tuesday regarding Serbia's request for an advisory opinion [text, PDF] on Kosovo's declaration of independence [JURIST report] in 2008. The advisory proceedings will include arguments from 29 additional countries, including the five member-states of the UN Security … [read more]

Legal News
19 Apr 2009
by Lucas Tanglen

[JURIST] The government of Serbia [JURIST news archive] on Friday submitted [press release] its arguments against the legality of Kosovo's unilaterally declared independence [JURIST news archive] to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website; JURIST news archive]. Serbian Minister of Foreign Affairs Vuk Jeremic [official profile] said the government, … [read more]

Legal News
3 Mar 2009
by Ingrid Burke

[JURIST] More than 100 Serbian judges, prosecutors, and legal professionals prevented the opening of the first EU-backed trial [EULEX press release, PDF] in Kosovo by protesting in front of the Mitrovica [OSCE profile, PDF; JURIST news archive] court house Monday. A panel of three judges had been set to preside … [read more]

Legal News
3 Oct 2008
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] The United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) [official website] on Friday reopened its courthouse [press release] in Kosovo's northern city of Mitrovica. The courts were closed after being taken over by Serbian protesters [JURIST report] in March as part of an ethnic conflict with Kosovar Albanians. The … [read more]

Legal News
6 Jun 2008
by Deirdre Jurand

[JURIST] A panel of three international judges in the ethnically-divided town of Mitrovica [municipality website, in Albanian] sentenced an ethnic Albanian man Friday to 40 years in prison for a 2001 bus bombing [UNMIK press release; CNN report] that killed 11 Serbs on a religious trip. Florim Ejupi was indicted … [read more]

Legal News
13 May 2008
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] Courts in Kosovo's northern districts have been left in legal limbo since the Assembly of Kosovo's February unilateral declaration of Kosovo's independence [text; JURIST report] from Serbia, the Steering Council of the Kosovo Judges' Association said Monday. The Council expressed concern that courts in the region were unable to … [read more]

Legal News
18 Mar 2008
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] UN special police forces on Monday retook the UN courthouse recently occupied by Serbian protesters demonstrating against Kosovo's declaration of independence [text; JURIST report] last month. The Serbian group took control [JURIST report] of the courthouse in the northern city of Mitrovica on Friday, demanding a deal with UN … [read more]

Legal News
15 Mar 2008
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] Hundreds of Serbs took control of a UN courthouse in the northern Kosovo city of Mitrovica Friday in an apparent protest against Kosovo's recent declaration of independence [text; JURIST report] from Serbia. The group initially demanded a deal with UN authorities, but it was not immediately clear what the … [read more]

Legal News
23 Feb 2008
by David Frueh

[JURIST] Bosnian Serb lawmakers have backed a resolution calling Kosovo's declaration of independence [text; JURIST report] from Serbia illegal and threatening to call a referendum on their own possible separation from the amalgamated state of Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH). The resolution, passed late Thursday by the People's Assembly of Republika Srpska [official … [read more]

Academic Commentary
22 Feb 2008

JURIST Guest Columnist John Cerone of New England School of Law, formerly a Human Rights Legal Advisor with the UN Mission in Kosovo, says that given the legal and moral complexity of the Kosovo situation, recent suggestions that Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence from Serbia is unlawful but may nonetheless … [read more]

Professional Commentary
11 Aug 2006

Katerina Ossenova [University of Pittsburgh School of Law 2L, in Kosovo]: "Kosovo is at a remarkable moment in history, witnessing both state-building and interaction and cooperation between the world's largest international organizations. My internship position for the summer is with the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), at the Department … [read more]

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