Judicial Independence in Kosovo. A Critical Analysis of Select Provisions of the Law on Courts


  • Haxhi Xhemajli Faculty of Law, University of Maribor, Slovenia
  • Xhevdet Halili Faculty of Law, University of Pristina, Kosovo 0000-0003-0622-2758
  • Tristin Kilgallon Ohio Northern University, USA 0000-0001-9164-5194




As the Republic of Kosovo continues to develop as independent state, the world watches closely. Of particular interest to many is whether Kosovo will truly embrace the rule of law or whether it’s growth will continue to be hampered by the long shadow of corruption. As the judiciary plays a central role in ensuring the rule of law is implemented and followed, it is critical that judges are free to exercise their judicial power freely and without fear of recourse from other members of the government, or the public. To this end, the newly revised Law on Courts is a key piece of legislation, as it specifies the qualifications, rights, and duties of the judges. This paper will analyze key provisions of the Law on Courts, paying special attention to how they impact judicial independence.


law on courts, judicial independence, initial training, corruption, judicial compensation, protection


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How to Cite

Xhemajli, H., Halili, X. and Kilgallon, T. (2020) “Judicial Independence in Kosovo. A Critical Analysis of Select Provisions of the Law on Courts”, Academicus International Scientific Journal. Vlora, Albania, 11(22), pp. 127–140. doi: 10.7336/academicus.2020.22.10.