July 09, 2007

Two Summer Interns from US Law Schools Join the ABA Rule of Law Initiative in Kosovo

Rosalie Matthews & Eric Sutton

07.09.2007

Rosalie Matthews from Gonzaga University School of Law, and Eric Sutton fromUniversity of Pittsburgh Law School are two interns that recently joined theABA/Rule of Law Initiative in Kosovo.

In a recent interview, Rosalie and Eric shared their thoughts on theirexperiences in Kosovo and their work with the ABA, and where to get a good maciato coffee.

Q: What made you choose the ABA/Rule of Law Initiative in Kosovo and which of its projects do you find helpfulfor your future?

Rosalie: Issues revolving around the interpretation oflaws, the various forms of legal relief available to the community, and adifference between the common law system in the States, and the Civil Code inKosovo, are going to be quite exciting to tackle during my internship.  Iconsider myself lucky to work with such a supportive, knowledgeable, anddedicated staff at the ABA Rule of Law office in Prishtina, and I’m sure thatthis summer internship will be quite a success.

Eric: The ABA/Rule of Law Initiative program in Kosovo interested me for two reasons: first,I felt that in order to truly understand international law, I had to immersemyself in the issues in multiple regions of the world.  The second reasonis because I admire the ABAmission to help establish the rule of law throughout the world. And, as I wasreminded at the BILI conference in Sofialast weekend, reform cannot succeed if the ability to enforce the frameworkdoes not exist.  A functional, efficient, and impartial justice system isa fundamental right for all people and an essential necessity for allgovernments.

Q: What are your concrete engagements while herein ABA/Rule of Law Initiative in Kosovo?

Rosalie: Working on the “Legal Education” program, I willbe assisting the office to create a procedure manual for the University of Prishtina Law Faculty for their first “live-client”clinic.  Clinical law is a critical aspect to providing legal services tothose members of the Kosovar community who would not otherwise be able toobtain such relief.  Working with a board of Professors, legal staff atthe ABA, andthe Dean of the University, I will draft procedures to assist students with:Client Intake, Client Counseling and Interview Skills, Oral Advocacy and LegalResearch and Writing.  Having been in Prishtina for two weeks, I foundthere are many challenges in drafting a policy manual for the school. 

Eric: Currently, I am working on the ethics portion of amanual for the new live-client legal clinic at the University of Prishtina. In addition, I am putting together a comparative study of the ethics codes thatthe lawyers, judges and prosecutors have adopted in the states that made up theFormer Republic of Yugoslavia, and time allowed, the newly independent statesof the Former Soviet Union, as well.  I’m having a fantastic time so far,and I’m happy to add my assistance here in Kosovo.

Q: What are your plans in the future after thelaw school?

Rosalie: I would like to have a future in international andpublic interest law, and I’m attempting to combine these two areas of the lawthrough my work at the ABA/Rule of Law Initiative.

Eric: I plan to go into international environmental andhuman rights law. I first became interested in law partly because of mytraining in Chinese and a desire to implement that knowledge in a positivemanner, but also through my volunteer work with asylum and refugee cases whileliving in Minneapolis. 

For more information please contact our Country Director David Sip, at dsip@ceelikosovo.org