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On 4 October 2021, Mrs. Arta Rama-Hajrizi, the former president of the Kosovo Constitutional Court (in office until summer 2021) has visited MCC at the invitation of Márton Sulyok, Head of Public Law Center of the MCC Law School, to talk to students about "Kosovo, the ECHR and Human Rights".
Madam President has centered her lectured around the idea that Kosovo is a state that has been and is being shaped by the international human rights regime to this day. She described that in the internationally supervised framework of post-war reconstruction which institutional actors (UNMIK, SRSG) affected, and how, the creation of those documents (e.g. Ahtisaari Plan) that oriented the form and content of today's constitution. After this, she addressed those international human rights instruments that are directly applicable under the constitutional regime and explained how to apply the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (ECHR) in all court and constitutional court proceedings without the country even being a member of the Council of Europe, which adopted the ECHR.
Mrs. Rama-Hajrizi reflected on how the Constitutional Court has operated as a result of international reconstruction and thus talked about the role of international judges in its operation. In detailing the specific competences of the Constitutional Court, through cases, she presented in which human rights fields they have achieved the most significant results and mentioned other cases, which the Court deals with in other competences. With regard to the operation of the Constitutional Court, she mentioned such specificities as ex post norm control with a time-limitation and the power of the Court to review the content of constitutional amendments before adoption.