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Incorporation of international human rights into national legislation: The case of Kosovo

Remzije Istrefi and Iliriana Islami

SEER Journal for Labour and Social Affairs in Eastern Europe, 2017, vol. 20, issue 1, 117-138

Abstract: This contribution explores the incorporation of international human rights into state legislation, with a particular focus on Kosovo. We explore models of the interaction of national legal order with international law, as well as the wide margin of discretion in determining the enforcement of international human rights instruments. We further address the legal techniques for incorporating international human rights law and the role of the monitoring mechanisms of international organisations including the European Union and the Council of Europe. Kosovo represents an interesting example mainly because of the constitutionalisation and domestication of international human rights instruments during the UNMIK administration and after gaining independence. A member of neither the United Nations nor the Council of Europe, Kosovo has chosen to be legally bound by a long list of international human rights instruments. We examine how these norms have been further incorporated into national laws and whether legal incorporation was adequate in the Kosovo context.

Date: 2017
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