Who we are
Kosovo Law Institute (KLI) is a public policy non-governmental, not-for-profit organization, and a think-tank specialized in the law sector, which was founded by renowned jurists in February 2009.
Mission of KLI is to strengthen the rule of law in Kosovo and to improve the access to justice for all citizens. KLI is managed by the Assembly, the Advisory Board and the Executive Director. KLI aims to fulfill its mission by conducting independent research and studies, and by communication of findings to policy makers, government officials, international diplomats, civil society activists, and the academicians.
KLI staff has vast experience in various capacities in the justice sector in Kosovo, including policy research and analysis, journalistic reporting, and awareness-raising and advocacy activities. This includes working closely with Kosovo authorities to ensure the independence, impartiality and to increase the public confidence in the justice system.
KLI conducts studies, organizes events (round-tables/conferences) and is continuously involved in advocating in the following fields:
- Judicial reform
- Rule of law
- Legislative initiatives
- Law implementation
- Compatibility of national legislation with EU and UN standards
- Legal education
We consider some of our most significant impact to be in the following fields:
KLI has conducted the first comprehensive analysis of the implementation of the institute of clemency and parole in Kosovo over the years. For years there have been various anecdotes about the abuse of power by Presidents when granting pardon to convicts in Kosovo. It was the report “Pardon in Kosovo: Analysis of the implementation of the institute of clemency and parole in Kosovo,” published in January 2012 that has served for the State Prosecutor to initiate preliminary investigations for granting of pardon in the past, an investigation that included former presidents and other senior figures who had participated in the Evaluation Committees. In February 2012, the application of presidential clemency had improved significantly. Moreover, the continuous commitment of the Institute has also resulted in improved functioning of correctional centers in Kosovo. For a simple comparison, please note that for three consecutive years, 2009, 2010 and 2011 pardon was granted to 227 convicts (236 years of imprisonment), only ten of whom were female, the vast majority of convicts having committed grave, repeat offenses. After publication of the report in 2012 only 15 people were granted pardon, and granting was in accordance with the criteria.
- Judicial reform
KLI has continuously published short reports and studies on the most comprehensive reform of the judicial system in the postwar period. Institute has published the report “The process of re-appointment, independence and influence,” and has consistently advocated for judicial independence and equality of powers. One of the main issues that were addressed was the draft law on compensation of public officials, which was intended as means of degradation of the judiciary, through degradation of compensation for judges and prosecutors. General Assembly returned this draft-law to the Government for reconsideration.
- Organized crime in elections
KLI has continuously worked to oversee the prosecution and adjudication of election related offenses in Kosovo. KLI has revealed that election crimes should be treated as organized crime. On this issue the Institute has developed a thorough research and has published the report “Organized Crime in Elections: Analysis of prosecution and trial of election related crimes”.