Kosovo: Strengthening Judicial Ethics

Between April 24 and May 4, 2018, NCSC’s Ethics Expert Judge John Fields (ret.) delivered a series of interactive ethics training sessions to sensitize Kosovo judges to the requirements of the Code of Ethics. The training was organized in collaboration with the Kosovo Judicial Academy (KJA). Participating judges received credits toward their 2018 mandatory continuing legal education requirement. Fifteen judges participated in an initial training-of-trainers program, which was jointly organized by the USAID Justice System Strengthening Program and a Dutch-funded integrity program implemented by the Center for International Legal Cooperation.

Following the training-of-trainers, Judge Fields co-facilitated seven sessions with the new trainers. The sessions offered an opportunity for the newly-trained trainers to exercise their skills with the support of a seasoned trainer. Sessions were highly interactive, utilizing case scenarios to engage participants in reflections around ethical dilemmas. A total of 236 judges, representing more than half of the Kosovo judgeship, attended the training sessions. Participants included 18% women, and 7% non-majority community judges. Training sessions were organized regionally to facilitate access by judges outside the capital. 

The training sessions were conducted under the USAID Justice System Strengthening Program, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, and implemented by Millennium DPI in partnership with NCSC. Click here for more information on NCSC in Kosovo.