University of Pittsburgh
October 15, 2012

President of the Republic of Kosovo’s Constitutional Court to Deliver Pitt’s 20th Annual McLean Lecture on World Law Oct. 24

Judge Enver Hasani’s lecture is titled “The Role and Position of the Constitutional Courts in Society—The Case of Kosovo”

 

PITTSBURGH—The Honorable Enver Hasani, president judge of the Constitutional Court of Kosovo, will deliver the University of Pittsburgh School of Law’s 20th annual McLean Lecture on World Law from noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Barco Law Building’s Teplitz Memorial Courtroom, 3900 Forbes Ave., Oakland. 

Hasani’s lecture is titled “The Role and Position of the Constitutional Courts in Society—The Case of Kosovo.” The presentation, which is free and open to the public, is jointly sponsored by Pitt’s Center for International Legal Education and the Global Solutions Education Fund Pittsburgh.  

Hasani is president of the nine-judge Constitutional Court of the Republic of Kosovo, which was established in 2009 as the final authority for the interpretation of Kosovo’s constitution. He also is a professor of international law and international relations at Kosovo’s University of Prishtina. Prior to his appointment as judge, Hasani served as head of Kosovo’s newly established Office of Foreign Relations from 2004 to 2006 and as rector of the University of Prishtina from 2006 to 2009. He established the university’s Department of Political Science and Public Administration and served as its inaugural director. He also founded and led the Human Rights Centre at the University of Prishtina, which was supported by the Finnish Human Rights Project and World University Service Austria, an independent NGO dedicated to the human right to education on the basis of academic freedom and university autonomy. 

From 1992 to 1997, Hasani worked as a legal adviser in Albania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which was accredited by the government of Kosovo, then in exile. He has served as an adviser to four of Kosovo’s prime ministers and has published extensively in foreign scholarly journals on different aspects of public international law, constitutional law, civil law, and international relations. Hasani also has published four books, among them The Dissolution of Yugoslavia and the Case of Kosovo: Legal and Political Aspects (Albanian Institute for International Studies, 1999) and Self-Determination, Territorial Integrity and International Stability: the Case of Yugoslavia (National Defence Academy and Bureau for Security Policy, Vienna, 2003).

Hasani completed his law studies and earned a Master of Law degree in civil and economic law at the University of Prishtina. He also earned both a Master of Law degree and a PhD in International Law and Relations at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey.

Hasani’s lecture is being held in conjunction with “Kosovo After the International Court of Justice Opinion,” a conference for faculty, students, and legal professionals organized by Pitt’s School of Law and the University of Prishtina Faculty of Law. Sponsors of the Oct. 22-24 conference include Pitt’s Center for International Legal Education; the Center for Russian and Eastern European Studies in Pitt’s Center for International Studies; the Republic of Kosovo Ministries of Justice and Foreign Affairs; the Forum for Civic Initiatives, Prishtina, Kosovo; and the American Society of International Law.

The Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board has approved the lecture for one hour of substantive credit, for which there is a $25 fee. For further information, call 412-648-7023 or e-mail cile@law.pitt.edu.

The McLean Lecture on World Law honors the memory and contributions of Maclean W. McLean, founder, executive director, and executive vice president of the Pittsburgh World Federalist Association chapter, now Global Solutions Education Fund Pittsburgh, which provides nonpartisan, internationally focused education to communities throughout Western Pennsylvania.

The Center for International Legal Education in the University of Pittsburgh School of Law provides a global approach to legal education, serving American and foreign students, Pitt Law alumni, and the local legal community through programs, scholarships, internships, study abroad, and other opportunities.

 

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