The needs and the benefits of mutual cooperation between the Kosovo Academy of Justice (KJA) and civil society in Kosovo were discussed in Pristina on Monday, 28 March 2022, at a workshop organized jointly by KJA and the EU Program for the Justice Sector, EUKOJUST.
The workshop aimed to discuss the foundation of a constructive coordination mechanism between the Academy of Justice and civil society organizations in delivering training and capacity-building activities in the rule of law area under Friends of the Academy umbrella.
In line with the approved Kosovo Rule of Law Strategy and Action Plan, EUKOJUST is facilitating the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between civil society organizations and Justice Academy. The MoU foresees using the experience and capacities of non-governmental organizations in promoting good practices for judges, prosecutors, and support staff in matters related to corruption, organized crime, and access to justice.
The event was attended by several NGOs representing every aspect of civil society and directly involved in monitoring the judiciary, including having an active role in providing comments to legislative initiatives. The civil society organizations attending the event such as, Kosovo Law Institute (KLI), Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN), Kosovo Democratic Institute (KDI), the Kosovar Gender Studies Center (KGSC), Advocacy Training and Resource Center (ATRC), Center for Social Group Development (CSGD), Centre for Equality and Liberty (CEL), Voice of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptians (VoRAE), Group for Legal and Political Studies (GLPS), responded positively to the call on being part of the new coordination mechanism, such as Friends of the Academy.