On 31 October and 1 November 2019, the Kosovo Specialist Chambers (KSC) hosted a working group of Counsel at its premises in The Hague in support of their efforts to establish an ‘Independent Representative Body of Counsel’ (IRB). The IRB would support the functions, efficiency and independence of Counsel practicing before the KSC and establish channels of communication and consultation between the body of Counsel and the KSC. During this meeting, the working group of Counsel discussed and finalized a draft Constitution of the IRB.
President Ekaterina Trendafilova, who welcomed the working group to the premises, emphasized the fundamental importance of an IRB to the ability of the KSC to carry out its mandate in a secure, independent, impartial, fair and efficient manner. President Trendafilova stated in this regard that she looks forward to the establishment of the IRB and the adoption of their Constitution so that the KSC can engage with them in matters relevant to their work and that of the KSC.
As of today, there are 164 Counsel on the public Lists of Victims’ and Defence Counsel. The Directive on Counsel was adopted in November 2017. Both documents are available on this website here and here.