On 19 May, the President of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers (KSC), Judge Ekaterina Trendafilova and the Registrar of the KSC, Dr Fidelma Donlon spoke with a group of lawyers, students and NGO representatives from Kosovo. The event was organised together with civil society.
“As the President of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers, I consider it of utmost importance to communicate with people in Kosovo and the region about the work of our institution, so that they can understand how the court is set up to provide fair, independent and impartial proceedings and how those of us who work here take this mandate very seriously. I was grateful today for the opportunity to hear the views of the participants and to engage in a dialogue with them,” President Trendafilova said.
Outreach has been a priority for the KSC since the establishment of the court. With the exception of the last year, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Outreach team travels to Kosovo about once a month to conduct meetings in which participants have the opportunity to learn about the mandate and activities of the court, ask questions and express their concerns. Since March 2020, outreach events have moved temporarily online, with approximately two online events held with students, legal practitioners, journalists, youth and other groups each month.
As part of its outreach work, the KSC produces informational videos for broadcast in Kosovo in Albanian, Serbian, and English on issues such as the mandate of the Specialist Chambers, the KSC Ombudsperson, protective measures for witnesses, victims’ participation and the application process for victims.
Outreach activities since 2018 have been funded with the generous support of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.