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“The Geoffrey Nice Foundation” in cooperation with "Research Center for Human Rights" of RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) is organizing a two day conference

“The Geoffrey Nice Foundation” in cooperation with "Research Center for Human Rights" of RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) is organizing a two day conference on:

"Transitional, Post-Transitional and Strategic Narratives about the Yugoslav Wars: from Wars and Search for Justice to Geo-Political Power Games"

The conference will be held in November 22-24, 2019 at the RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) Auditorium in Str. Dr. Shpetim Robaj, n.n. in Prishtina, Kosovo. 


The conference is open to media. 
The conference can house another 50 participants. Please RSVP if you want to join the conference by replying to this email.

22 November 2019


Transitional Narratives about the Yugoslav Wars

13:00-13:30 – Welcome Address: HE President Hashim Thaçi
13:30-14:00 – Panel: Geoffrey Nice/Nevenka Tromp/Robert Muharremi - “Transitional, Post Transitional and Strategic Narratives about the Wars in Former Yugoslavia”
14:00-14:30 – Iain Bonomy -“ICTY’s Narratives about the War in Kosovo”
14:30-15:00 – Carole Hodge - “ICTY: Justice v. Realpolitik”
15:00-15:30 – Frederik Harhoff - “Some Thoughts about Future of the International Criminal Justice Regime”
15:30-16:00 – DISCUSSION

16:00-16:30 – BREAK

16:30-17:00 – Sunčana Roksandić - “Transitional Justice and the Western Balkans: Interplay between Justice, Rule of Law and Security”
17:00-17:30 – Sonja Biserko - "Serbia and Historical Revisionism about the 1990s wars“
17:30-18:00 – Hilmi Jashari - "Human Rights in post-conflict Kosovo: a critical appraisal"

 23 November 2019

Post-transitional and Strategic Narratives about the Kosovo War

09:00-09:30 – Welcome address by Mr. Albin Kurti
09:30-10:00 – Robert Muharremi - “The Kosovo Liberation Army in the Vortex of Historical, Political and Legal Confusion: Implications of the 'Marty Report' for the evaluation of the Nature of the Kosovo War”
10:00-10:30 – Gjylieta Mushkolaj - The KSC: an Analysis of the Relationship between the Council of Europe and Kosovo”
10:30-11:00 – Geoffrey Nice - “Legality and the Legitimacy of the KSC”
11:00-11:30 – DISCUSSION

11:30-12:00 - BREAK

12:00–12:30 - Visar Morina -“Kosovo Specialist Chambers and the Kosovo Constitution”
12:30-13:00 – Furtuna Sheremeti -“Narratives of villains and victims in the Kosovo war: how to remember and redress the past for the sake of a future conviviality?”
13:00-13:30 – Kreshnik Gashi -“Postconflict elites in Kosovo: importance of economic and social rights for the legitimacy of the Kosovo statehood”
13:30 – 14:00 DISCUSSION

14:00 – 15:00 LUNCH

Strategic Narratives and Geo-Political Power Games

15:00 -15:30 – Skype lecture by Daniel Serwer"The Geopolitics in the Balkans in the post-Yugoslavia Era: EU, US, Russia, China and Turkey"
15:30 - 16:00 – Nevenka Tromp“War Narratives and Geo-Politics in the Post-Conflict Yugoslavia”
16:00 – 16:30 - Valery Perry - “Competing Extremism in Western Balkans: structural drivers, external influences and domestic consequences”

16:30 - 17:00 – BREAK

17:00 - 17:30 – Skype Presentation by Gëzim Visoka“Peace Through Mutual Recognition? Current Situation in Kosovo and Future Trajectories”
17:30-18:00 – Aidan Hehir -“A Pawn in a Game: Kosovo’s True Geopolitical Importance in the Era of Western Decline”
18:00-18:30 – DISCUSSION

24 November 2019

09:30-14:00 - Field trip to Reçak/Račak

17:00-19:00 Private screening of the film The Marriage” with Blerta Zeqiri, the director of the film. 
        Address: Kino ARMATA Brigada e Kosoves, Prishtina 10000


Conference Director and Speakers

Conference Director:

Nevenka Tromp received her PhD from the University of Amsterdam. She teaches at the Department of European Studies at the University of Amsterdam and at the Department of International Relations at the Webster University (Leiden Campus). From 2000 to 2012, she worked as a Researcher on the Leadership Research Team in the Office of Prosecutor (OTP) at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), where she was principal researcher on history and politics in the trial of Slobodan Milošević. She also worked on other key cases, most notably that of Radovan Karadžić. She is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Geoffrey Nice Foundation on Law, History, Politics, and Society in the Context of Mass Atrocities, which supports and provides cross-national educational opportunities for students, researchers, and academics in the field of International Criminal Justice. Tromp published recently the books Prosecuting Slobodan Milošević (Routledge, 2016) and Smrt u Hagu: nezavršeno suđenje Slobodanu Miloševiću (Sarajevo University Press, 2019).


Sir Geoffrey Nice QC has practiced as a barrister since 1971. He worked at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia – the ICTY – between 1998 and 2006 and led the prosecution of Slobodan Milošević, former President of Serbia. Much of his work since has been connected to cases before the permanent International Criminal Court – Sudan, Kenya, Libya – or pro bono for victims groups – Iran, Burma, North Korea – whose cases cannot get to any international court. He works for several related NGO’s and lectures and commentates in the media in various countries on international war crimes issues. He has been a part-time judge since 1984 sitting at the Old Bailey and has sat as judge in other jurisdictions, tribunals and inquiries. He published the book Justice to All and How to Achieve It (London, 2017).


After a career as a Yugoslav diplomat Sonja Biserko became a human rights activist. During the Balkan wars of the 1990s she was one of the most influential anti-war voices in the region. In 1994 she became the President of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights of Serbia. She received worldwide recognition for her work and has received, among many other awards: the Weimar Award; the Eitinger Award of Oslo University; Honorary Citizenship of Sarajevo; Mother Teresa medal for humanitarian activities, She was nominated in 2005 for the Nobel Peace Prize under the nomination 1,000 Women. In 2013 was appointed a Member of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights Violations in North Korea. The Report was completed and published in 2014.


Lord Iain Bonomy has been engaged in the practice of law since 1968, first as a lawyer in private practice, then as Scotland’s senior prosecuting counsel, and thereafter as a judge. As a judge in Scotland and The ICTY in The Hague he presided over trials in many serious, and some prominent, criminal cases. In retirement he continues to preside occasionally in serious criminal trials. In Scotland and at the ICTY he chaired Working Groups which produced recommendations for improvements in the practice and procedure for serious and international criminal proceedings which were largely implemented. He has also chaired a number of inquiries on controversial topics in response to requests by the Scottish Government.


Kreshnik Gashi started his career as a journalist in 2007 in the newspaper Kosova Sot. In 2012 he joined Internews Kosova, first as an Investigative Journalist, and then as Editor and Moderator of Justice in Kosovo. He studied at the University of Prishtina at the Faculty of Law and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice at the same university. During his career he has been noted for investigating corruption scandals in the judiciary, prosecutor and police. From the findings of research published in Justice in Kosovo so far, dozens of indictments have been filed against state officials, including judges, prosecutors and police. During his career in journalism, Gashi has been awarded four prestigious awards by the UNDP Anti-Corruption Agency, the Association of Journalists and the European Union.


Frederik Harhoff is a Danish jurist. He was a member of the faculty of the University of Copenhagen. He served as an ad litem judge for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia from 9 January 2007 to 28 August 2013.


Aidan Hehir is a Reader in International Relations at the University of Westminster. He is the author/editor of ten books. His most recent - The Responsibility to Protect and Hollow Norms (Palgrave Macmillan) – won the 2019 British International Studies Association ‘Working Group on Intervention and R2P’ book prize. He has published over fifty academic book chapters and journal articles and his work has been published in International Security, The Journal of Peace Research, Ethics and International Affairs, and Cooperation and Conflict. He is co-editor of the Routledge Intervention and State-building book series and is a regular contributor to national and international
television and radio.


Carole Hodge is an independent researcher and writer, specializing in the recent history of the Balkans. As head of Research and Study at the South East European Research Unit, Glasgow University, she led two major European Commission funded projects on confidence-building in the region, including seminars and conferences in the UK and Bosnia, and several publications. Her most recent book, The Balkans on Trial. Justice v Reapolitik, was published by Routledge in May 2019. She holds a PhD from the University of Glasgow, and an LLM in Human Rights Law from the University of Strathclyde.


Hilmi Jashari has been elected as an Ombudsperson of the Republic of Kosovo by the Kosovo Assembly on July 02 2015, with a five year mandate. During 2004-2006 he was appointed as a Kosovo Deputy Ombudsperson by the Special Representative of Secretary-General of UN and upon termination of the international mandate for Ombudsperson, Mr. Jashari was appointed as an Acting Ombudsperson of Kosovo by the Special Representative of Secretary-General of UN during the period 2006-2009. After the election of the first national Ombudsperson during 2009-2010, Mr. Jashari continued to exercise his function as a Deputy Ombudsperson of Kosovo. Since 2010, he also functions as a Legal Manager with the Non-Governmental Organization of the Civil Rights Program Kosovo (CRP/K).


Dr. Visar Morina is full time professor of constitutional law in the Faculty of Law of the University of Prishtina. He is currently a chair of the Department for Constitutional and Administrative matters in the Faculty of Law in the University of Prishtina and is a member of the Editorial Board of the Vienna Journal on International Constitutional Law. Dr. Morina is also Deputy Member of the Venice Commission (Council of Europe) representing Republic of Kosovo. Prof. dr. Visar Morina has published numerous academic papers and book chapters on issues related to constitutional law in various local and international journals, and has also been actively engaged on several constitutional and legal projects in Kosovo. He has served as a legal expert with the Constitutional Commission of the Republic of Kosovo that was tasked with the drafting of the 2008 Kosovo Constitution. Dr. Morina has also participated in drafting several fundamental laws for institutions within Kosovo and is also coauthor of the Commentary on the Law of the Constitutional Court of Kosovo.


Robert Muharremi obtained his Ph.D. from the Universität des Saarlandes, Germany. Muharremi has provided legal and policy advice to several government institutions in Kosovo, and he has also worked as a consultant for different foreign and international organizations. Muharremi has participated in the development and drafting of legislation in areas including public-private partnerships and concessions, property, mining, arbitration, and foreign investments. He has also assisted in the establishment and functioning of various Kosovo institutions, such as the Secretariat of the Assembly of Kosovo, the Kosovo Security Council and the Constitutional Court of Kosovo. Muharremi has published in various academic journals on legal and public policy topics. He is a member of the International Law Association (Albanian Branch) and an Associate with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in London. At present, he is an assistant professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology - Kosovo Campus (RIT-K) and C-Director of the RIT-K Research Center on Human Rights.


Gjyljeta Mushkolaj is a Corresponding member of the Kosovo Academy of Sciences and Arts and a Professor of Law at the University of Prishtina. She was a judge of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Kosovo since its establishment until June 25, 2012. Prior to her appointment to the Constitutional Court, Ms. Mushkolaj was a member of the Constitutional Commission of the Republic of Kosovo (a body of historical importance for drafting the Constitution of the Republic of Kosovo), an ethics exam writing expert for the IJPC (an autonomous body for the purpose of conducting a one-time, comprehensive, Kosovo wide review of the suitability of all applicants for permanent appointments as judges and prosecutors in Kosovo), and the decentralisation expert to the Kosovo Negotiation Team.


Valery Perry has worked in the Western Balkans since the late 1990s, conducting research and working for organizations including the Democratization Policy Council (DPC), the European Center for Minority Issues (ECMI), the Public International Law and Policy Group (PILPG), the NATO Stabilization Force (SFOR), and several NGOs. From September 2017 – March 2019 she worked at the OSCE Mission to Serbia as Project Coordinator on a project to prevent and counter violent extremism, having previously worked at the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo as Deputy Director of the Education Department, and Deputy Director of the Human Dimension Department. She has consulted for the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, the UN Development Program, the Regional Cooperation Council, USAID, IMPAQ International, and other organizations. In 2019 a book she edited, Extremism and Violent Extremism in Serbia: 21-st Century Manifestations of an Historical Challenge, was published by Ibidem Press/Columbia University Press.


Dr. Sunčana Roksandić teaches criminal law, economic criminal law, transitional justice, EU substantive criminal law and the protection of victims (Jean Monnet Module co-Leader) and bioethics and human rights (UNESCO Model Course) at the Law Facutly at Zagreb University (Croatia). She obtained her PhD in 2015 (Zagreb) and 2016 (Freiburg) as a doctorate scholarship holder and doctoral candidate of the Criminology Department at Max Planck Institute of Foreign and International Criminal Law (summa cum laude). Her book Prosecuting Serious Economic Crimes as International Crimes - a New Mandate for the ICC was published in 2017.


Professor Daniel Serwer directs the Conflict Management and American Foreign Policy Programs at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He is also affiliated as a Scholar with the Middle East Institute. His current interests focus on the civilian instruments needed to protect U.S. national security as well as transition and state-building in the Middle East, North Africa and the Balkans. His Righting the Balance: How You Can Help Protect America was published in November 2013 by Potomac Books. His book From War to Peace: the Balkans, the Middle East and Ukraine was published in 2019 by Palgrave MacMillan. As a minister-counselor at the U.S. Department of State, Serwer directed the European office of intelligence and research and served as U.S. special envoy and coordinator for the Bosnian Federation, mediating between Croats and Muslims and negotiating the first agreement reached at the Dayton peace talks. Serwer holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from Princeton University and an M.S. from the University of Chicago He speaks Italian, French and Portuguese.


Furtuna Sheremeti is a graduated lawyer from University of Prishtina, and holds an MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice from University of Oxford. Currently she is a doctoral candidate at the Institute of Criminology at University of Leuven (KU Leuven) in Belgium. Her current research focuses on the harms caused by state crimes committed in Kosovo as perceived by the bearers of harm and stakeholders in the country. She is very active and involved in Kosovo affairs through her legal analysis and advice, and is currently a member of the editorial board of Leuven Transitional Justice Blog.


Nicholas Vetch co-founded and is Chair of Big Yellow Group PLC; a London listed FT250 company - in addition to private interests and business directorships. He is a board member of the Fund for Global Human Rights and until recently deputy chair of Bedales Schools.


Gëzim Visoka is Associate Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Dublin City University, Ireland. His research interests include post-conflict peace-building and state-building, state recognition, and critical international theory.


Blerta Zeqiri, born in 1979 is an award-winning Kosovar Director and Scriptwriter. She's worked on a number of shorts and feature films, which have participated in many International Festivals, such as: Sundance Film Festival, Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, Bradford Film Festival; winning prizes in a number of them. She works and lives in Prishtina, Kosovo.


Guest Speakers:

Albin Kurti joined the presidency of the Students Independent Union of the University of Prishtina (SIUUP) in August 1997, which organized peaceful, non-violent protests for the release of the university buildings and premises which were occupied by the authorities of the Serbian regime. When war began in Kosova, in August 1998, Kurti began working as the Secretary of the Office of the General Political Representative of the Kosova Liberation Army (KLA), Adem Demaçi. When Serbian forces withdrew from Kosova on June 10, Kurti and many other Albanians were transferred to Serbian prisons. Due to international pressure, Kurti was released on December 7, 2001. In June 2005, Albin Kurti with other political activists co-founded “Lëvizja VETËVENDOSJE” (Movement for Self-DETERMINATION!). He was the President of the movement until March 2015. Albin Kurti served three terms in office as a member of the Assembly of the Republic of Kosovo. He was the movement’s candidate for Prime Minister of Kosova and was re-elected as President of Self DETERMINATION! In the early parliamentary elections held on October 6th, 2019, Albin Kurti and the Movement for SELF DETERMINATION! won the highest number of votes, meaning he is now holds office of Prime Minister. He has also served as the Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs at the Assembly. He is fluent in Albanian, English, and Serbian.
Hashim Thaçi has been President of Kosovo since 2016. Before becoming the President, Thaçi was the First Deputy Prime Minister for one year and Minister of Foreign Affairs (2014-2015), and also served two terms as Prime Minister of Kosovo (2007-2014). Hashim Thaçi declared Kosovo an independent state on 17 February 2008, and also led the Kosovo team in the Rambouillet negotiations in February 1999. He was the Political Chief of the Kosovo Liberation Army during the war in 1997-1999. Thaçi speaks both English and German. He was born on 24 April 1968 in the village of Buroje, Skenderaj and currently lives in Prishtina, Kosovo; with his wife Lumnije and son Endrit.

Media Contact Person: 
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