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Can constitutionalism build the rule of law?Iliriana Islami

Iliriana Islami

SEER Journal for Labour and Social Affairs in Eastern Europe, 2016, vol. 19, issue 2, 141-152

Abstract: Kosovo as a new state aspires to EU membership; however, it is lagging behind other countries in the region in its path to European integration. Progress in Kosovo has, up to now, been generally positive and Kosovo has moved a long way since it declared independence on 17 February 2008. Nevertheless, in almost all the Progress Reports of the EU Commission there is a remark about the rule of law, mostly concerning the inefficiency of the regular courts as a result of corruption and other bad practices. The independence of the judiciary is a cornerstone of the whole process of the rule of law. Constitutional courts were frequently seen domestically as an instrument of change following the collapse of communism. Their establishment and operation has proved useful in promoting the rule of law and constitutionalism - and in Kosovo, too, without exception. This article aims to address the rule of law and EU policy concerning the judiciary, while the main focus is devoted to whether the practice of the Constitutional Court could lay down a basis for the rule of law in Kosovo.

Date: 2016
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