July 01, 2009

Law Students Visit Kosovo’s Supreme Court and Assembly

Lawyer Florin Vertopi talking to students about the client’s rights in the criminal proceedings.

Lawyer Florin Vertopi talking to students about the client’s rights in the criminal proceedings.

July 2009

The ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) organized various study trips for University of Pristina law students. The visits to the Supreme Court and the national assembly allowed students to experience the legal and judicial systems inaction.

A total of 30 legal clinic students, divided in four groups, visited the Supreme Court prosecutor’s office and attended a client interview. They later simulated the interview assuming prosecutor, defense attorney and defendant roles. Student Njomza Pirku said that visiting the Supreme Court and observing an actual session was a helpful experience. The legal clinic students also visited with practicing lawyers, who discussed their day-to-day challenges.

Another 30 students from a legal research and writing class, divided inthree groups and led by Professor Arsim Avdijaj, visited Kosovo’s assembly. The visit, which included observing the assembly in session, allowed the students to obtain practical knowledge about the assembly’s law-making procedures.

These study visits are part of ABA ROLI’s practical skills courses run through the university’s Law Faculty. ABA ROLI has supported legal education reform in Kosovo since 2005 by developing new courses, offering a research and writing seminar series, creating a student honor code and supporting law schools in their pursuit of accreditation.

To learn more about our work in Kosovo, contact the ABA Rule of Law Initiative at <rol@staff.abanet.org>.