Kosovo: Facilitating Bench-Bar Dialogue on Justice Sector Integrity

On March 19, 2018, NCSC partnered with the Kosovo Bar Association (KBA) to organize a Bench-Bar meeting on justice sector integrity challenges. During the meeting, participants debated evidence-based research conducted by NCSC with the Kosovo Democratic Institute (KDI) under a previous program funded by the U.S. Department of State. Facilitators shared the results of a survey of justice sector actors identifying corruption dynamics and vulnerabilities in the justice sector. More than 1,050 justice sector actors participated in the survey, the first study of its kind ever conducted in Kosovo. Participating lawyers, judges, prosecutors, and police officers committed to increasing inter-institutional cooperation to fight corruption within the justice sector.

In March and April 2018, NCSC and KBA also organized three Bench-Bar meetings to discuss legal representation gaps and solutions to improve access to legal remedies for the poor. Bench-Bar dialogue aims to engage all actors in the justice chain in an honest, evidence-based exchange to collectively identify problems and define solutions. Bench-Bar meetings are organized by the KBA in Kosovo’s seven judicial regions on a quarterly basis, utilizing a methodology developed in 2012 with NCSC technical assistance through the USAID Kosovo Legal Assistance Program (2012-2015).

The Demand for Justice Program is implemented through NCSC’s direct funding. Visit the Demand for Justice Program for more information. Please also visit the Kosovo Legal Profession Program more information on NCSC in Kosovo.