Kosovo: Empowering Youth Leaders in Justice

Since January 2017, NCSC has worked with local civil society partners in Pristina, Prizren, Peja, and Mitrovica regions to mobilize youth to learn about justice and translate knowledge into concrete actions to educate their communities and advocate for better access to justice. To date, NCSC has equipped more than 1,300 high school students in Kosovo with knowledge about their rights, justice sector institutions, and access to justice. Through a series of lectures, debates, and visits to justice sector institutions, NCSC is creating space for Kosovo’s youth to become more knowledgeable and engage in support of justice and reforms to advance the Rule of Law.

In June 2017, NCSC organized a student debate competition, holding three local tournaments and a final, national-level debate in which the 39 best students competed. The debate competitions built upon high school lectures where law students and justice sector practitioners taught students about rights and justice in Kosovo. The debate competitions provided an opportunity for students to use the knowledge acquired during lectures to articulate and present positions and arguments. Students now have the opportunity to turn their knowledge into action through a small grant competition to fund concrete education and advocacy projects in their communities. The competition is administered by the Youth Initiative for Human Rights.

The Demand for Justice Program is implemented by NCSC under a grant agreement from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. Visit the Demand for Justice Program's website for more information. Click here for more information on NCSC in Kosovo.