UNDP in partnership and cooperation with the Research Institute for Legal Studies within the Faculty of Law, and the Agency for Free Legal Aid held a Research Competition among law students on legal aid. The aim of the Research was to hear the opinions of young students on how they think free legal aid services can be improved to ensure access to justice.

One of the major obstacles in accessing justice is the cost of legal advice and representation. As such free legal aid is the central component to improve access to justice. UNDP has been supporting the development and promotion of Kosovo’s legal aid system since its establishment. This year we are empowering the youth to become active change makers on legal issues by providing them the space to develop their capacities and contribute with their findings on the justice system.

Through the Competition we received 40 applications from law students all over Kosovo. Choosing only three papers among the many different voices was certainly a tough choice, but after a careful review by the three legal panellist the three best papers were chosen.

Through a virtual ceremony we were thrilled to announce the winners and get a chance to talk the students and other stakeholders. It is always a pleasure to get a fresh perspective on judicial issues and hear the opinions of the future legal practitioners. After all, in a few years these students will be the ones who will be hands-on dealing with the legal issues.

We congratulate the winners and all those who participated in this important research!

If you are interested in reading the chosen papers, click on the links below:

Paper 1: English    Albanian

Paper 2: English    Serbian

Paper 3: English    Albanian

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