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Special but Useless? Kosovo’s Court for Regional Peace and Security

Wednesday 30 November 2016
Stichthage, The Hague

About the lecture

The recent establishment of the Special Court for Kosovo presents a rich case study for analyzing the ‘proliferation’ of hybrid criminal justice. Dr. Rrustemi will inquire as to whether the creation of a new Special Tribunal for Kosovo fifteen years after the war is a necessary and a progressive development. She will argue that, its establishment is based on outdated thinking. It doesn’t take into account the historical lessons of (i) international and hybrid courts and (ii) the local context, It is also based on (iii) liberal theories of transition that have been described by post-liberal peace and "localised" transitional justice literature. In other words, the “new” tribunal is anachronistic, as it does not take into account the changes on the ground during the last two decades and the criminal justice enterprise. Dr. Rrustemi will explain how the practitioners are unable to shift to alternatives that fit the local context in Kosovo. Lastly, she will incorporate the local perspectives with empirical evidence collected on the ground by conducting life stories and interviews with local people regarding their views on the court’s uniqueness and usefulness.

About the speaker

Arlinda Rrustemi is a researcher and lecturer at Leiden University. In 2016 Arlinda defended a doctoral thesis titled "State-Building through Life Stories: Incorporating Local Perspectives”, supported by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). She has previously worked as a project intern at the Youth Initiative for Human Rights (YIHR) in Kosovo, as a legal intern at the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), as an external relations intern at the International Criminal Court (ICC) and as intern at various Ministries in the Republic of Kosovo. Her research interests are in post-conflict reconstruction, state, nation and peace building, the accountability of international organizations, international relations and diplomacy.

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About the seminars:

Diplomacy and Global Affairs (DGA) Research Seminar Series

The Diplomacy and Global Affairs (DGA) Research Seminar is a series launched by the Research Group on Diplomacy and Global Affairs at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs. The seminars of internationally acknowledged guest researchers and faculty members deal with current research topics in diplomacy, international relations, global affairs, and political economy broadly conceived and target a broad audience through their interdisciplinary focus.

For more information, please contact:

Prof. dr. M.O. Hosli (coordinator)

Dr. J.J. Kantorowicz

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