Kosovo Specialist Chambers & Specialist Prosecutor's Office
The Kosovo Specialist Chambers and Specialist Prosecutor’s Office are part of the judicial system of Kosovo. The Chambers are attached to each level of the Kosovo court system. They were established by a Constitutional Amendment and a Law adopted by the Kosovo Assembly to conduct trials for allegations stemming from the 2011 Council of Europe report, which alleges serious violations of international law.
They are of temporary nature with a specific mandate and jurisdiction, namely over certain crimes against humanity, war crimes and other crimes under Kosovo law which allegedly occurred between 1 January 1998 and 31 December 2000. The Law allows for the relocation of the proceedings outside Kosovo. The Specialist Chambers have a seat in The Hague, the Netherlands, and are to be staffed with international judges, prosecutors and staff. More details on the background of the organisation are available via About the SC and SPO.
The Ombudsperson acts independently to monitor, defend and protect the fundamental rights and freedoms enshrined in Chapter II of the Constitution of Kosovo of persons interacting with the Kosovo Specialist Chambers (KSC) and Specialist Prosecutor’s Office (SPO).
The Lists of Counsel contains the names of legal practitioners who are eligible to practice before the Kosovo Specialist Chambers (KSC) as a Counsel or a Co-Counsel, and can thus be assigned or appointed to suspects, accused and/ or a group of victims as per Chapter III of the Directive on Counsel.
The aim of the KSC outreach programme is to increase knowledge and awareness about the work of the Specialist Chambers. By active engagement and communication with Kosovo non-governmental and other civil society organisations as well as various communities, the KSC aims to counteract some of the communication challenges associated with managing relocated proceedings
All Tender Procedures, Requests for Expression of Interest and Requests for Information published here are open to public tendering. Participation in tender procedures is open to all natural and legal persons without limitation. No rule (of limitation) of origin applies for any goods purchased.
The Kosovo Specialist Chambers offers visitors and journalists the possibility to attend public hearings from the gallery of the courtroom. Accredited journalists may also use the media room to work during breaks or closed sessions. Upon request, the KSC organises group visits to the KSC premises for students or other groups to learn more about the KSC mandate and proceedings.