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Prof. Dr. Visar Morina

WORK EXPERIENCE

 

01/03/2002 – Present - Lecturer in Law

Faculty of Law, University of Prishtina, (Kosovo), Prishtina (Kosovo)

  • Course "Constitutional law" and "Local Governance" at the bachelor and a course "Constitutional Protection of Human Rights" at the master level (which includes ECHR and its jurisprudence)
  • Chair of the Department for Constitutional and Administrative Law
  • Corresponding Editor at the Vienna Journal for International Constitutional Law.

 

01/06/2018–15/08/2018

Short-term Environmental Policy Expert

GIZ project “Elaboration of the study “On the assessment of the legal situation in the proposed transboundary area of Sharri/šar- Planina and Korab-Koritnik”

 

01/11/2017–01/03/2018

Short-term Environmental Policy Expert

Open Regional Fund for South-East Europe – Biodiversity (ORF-BD) within the project „Regional Network for Biodiversity Information Management and Reporting (BIMR)

  • ​Worked in a study regarding biodiversity information management and reporting for South-East Europe (SEE).

 

01/04/2018–15/06/2018

Trainer for the Civil Society Organizations on the implementation of the Aarhus Convention (short-term expert).

The program "Sustainable Environmental Civil Society Support - SpECIES" -  The Regional Environmental Center (REC) – Office in Kosovo

  • ​Developed training materials in line with the training agenda developed by REC team, Delivered training session/s for participating ECSO representatives, on the ‘Aarhus Convention’ and facilitated discussions and group work during training session covering the key principles related to Aarhus convention and their implications at the Kosovo legislation.

 

01/06/2017–01/03/2018

Short-Term Legal Expert

Institute for Development Policy – INDEP

'Empowering Civil Society through Technical Assistance to Operating Grants'.

  • ​Provided targeted assistance on legal issues to beneficiary organisations of the CSF-funded operating grants, including legal aid, strategic litigation, interaction with institutions, legislative/policy development on environment and Aarhus Convention.
     

01/01/2018–01/05/2018

Legal and Policy Consultant

Democracy for Development (D4D), Kosovo

  • Worked in a study concerning the review of the municipal acts by the supervisory authorities in Kosovo and provided concrete recommendations to further improve the review system.

 

01/10/2015–01/02/2016

Senior Legal Advisor for drafting the Civil Code in Kosovo (short-term expert)

  • Support to Civil Code and Property Rights (CCPR) An EU funded project implemented by a consortium led by GIZ Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH, Prishtina (Kosovo)
  • ​Assisted the team for drafting the Civil Code in Kosovo with legal research, focusing on the General Part of the Civil Code and drafted concrete norms (articles) for the General Part of the Civil Code.​

 

01/11/2015–01/07/2017

Training Consultant (Aarhus Convention)

UNDP - Kosovo Judicial Academy, Prishtina (Kosovo)

  • ​provided institutional support to the KJA in preparing legal training programs for judges and prosecutors in the area of Kosovo Constitution, the Aarhus Convention and ECHR.
  • delivered trainings on the judicial application of the Aarhus Convention and ECHR in Kosovo for judges and prosecutors as part of the continuous legal education program.

 

11/04/2011–30/08/2015

Legal Advisor/Deputy Chief of Party

USAID Project implemented by Checchi and Consulting Company, Inc., Prishtina (Kosovo)

  • supported the Office of the President in Kosovo, the Ministry of Justice, the Kosovo Judicial Institute and the Kosovo Judicial Council in the area of the rule of law and the justice-sector reforms, including but not limited to drafting regulations and administrative instructions, strengthening the institutional capacities through legal training.

 

03/03/2011–06/04/2011

Legal advisor for environmental matters

Kosovo Environmental Protection Agency (KEPA), Prishtina (Kosovo)

  • Provided technical assistance for the drafting of the internal regulations of the Agency.
  • Ensured harmonization of the Kosovo legal framework on environmental matters with EU Acquis, European standards and international best practices​, including Aarhus Convention.

 

01/07/2010–29/12/2010

Legal Expert on Environmental Law

RENA - Regional Environmental Network for Accession Project/Human Dynamics., Prishtina (Kosovo)

  • Completing and updating the Tables of Concordance (ToCs) and Implementation Questionnaires (IQs);
  • Ensured harmonization of the Kosovo legal framework on environmental matters with EU Acquis, European standards and international best practices;
  • Training Ministry staff in Progress Monitoring and new EU legislation, in collaboration with Project Team;
  • Preparing the Country Progress Report on approximation of the national legislation with EU Acquis.​

 

01/2008–04/2010

Legal Advisor

Ministry of Public Administration/Government of Kosovo., Prishtina (Kosovo)

  • Provided legal and policy advice on the process of public administration reforms
  • Participated in the drafting of the Draft Law on Civil Service, Draft Law on Salaries of Civil Servants, and the Draft Law on State Administrative Organs
  • Provided expertise in the course of updating the Public Administration Reform Strategy​

 

2009

Expert for the drafting of the Law on the Constitutional Court

Government of Kosovo, Prishtina (Kosovo)

Appointed as expert for the drafting of the Law on the Kosovo Constitutional Court​

 

09/2007–12/2007

Expert for the drafting of the Kosovo Constitution

Government of Kosovo, Prishtina (Kosovo)

Appointed as expert for the drafting of the Kosovo Constitution​

 

09/2005–01/2008

Legal officer

United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), Prishtina (Kosovo)

  • Review of primary and secondary economic legislation proposed by the Provisional Institutions of Self-Government in Kosovo and ensured compliance with EU/ECHR norms.

 

12/2004–09/2005

Head of Office for International Relations

Ministry of Trade and Industry/Government of Kosovo, Prishtina (Kosovo)

  • Maintained relations with donor organizations, Liaison Offices in Kosovo involved in trade and industry and coordinated activities on behalf of the Ministry in the framework of regional initiatives (Free Trade Agreement Process)​.

 

01/2004–12/2004

Legal advisor

Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning/Government of Kosovo, Prishtina (Kosovo)

  • Provided legal advice/reviewed environmental legislation to ensure compliance with EU legislation on environment, including Aarhus Convention.

 

01/2001–10/2004

Legal advisor

Kosovo Law Centre, Prishtina (Kosovo)

  • designed training curricula in the area of the human rights, including the ECHR
  • delivered training in the area of human rights protection including the ECHR and its jurisprudence for law students, judges and other members of the legal community.

 

01/2001–10/2001

Legal Researcher/Assistant

OSCE in Kosovo, Prishtina (Kosovo)

  • Monitored court trials in Kosovo to ensure their compliance with Art. 6 of the ECHR and its jurisprudence.
  • Drafted reports and legal opinions regarding the applicability of ECHR in the Kosovo legal system.

 

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

2004–2007

Doctor of Legal Sciences (Dr.Iur.)

Johannes Kepler Universität Linz (Austria) - Faculty of Law., Linz (Austria)

  • Constitutional Law
  • ECHR Law
  • EU Law
  • International Law

 

1998–2002

Master of Legal Sciences

Faculty of Law of the University of Prishtina, Prishtina (Kosovo)

  • Constitutional Law
  • ECHR Law
  • Administrative Law ​

 

1994–1998

Law Degree (Graduated Lawyer)

Faculty of Law / Uni of Prishtina, Prishtina (Kosovo)

 

07/2003–08/2003

Certificate I The Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy

University of Oxford, Oxford (United Kingdom)

  • Article 10 ECHR and the standards of the Council of Europe/ECtHR.
  • International human rights standards on freedom of expression

 

11/2002–012/2002

Visiting Fellow

Faculty of Law of the University of Graz, (Austria)

 

05/2010

Visiting Fellow

Faculty of Law of the University of Trento (Italy)

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Publications

  • Morina, Visar. "Prospective Constitutional Changes in Kosovo Emanating from the EU Pre-Accession Process." Croatian yearbook of European law & policy 12.12 (2016): 299-317.
  • Kiss, Csaba, Enio Haxhimihali, Muhamed Mujakic, Lana Ofak, Visar Morina, Maja Kostic Mandic, Bojan Bogevski, and Mirjana Drenovak Ivanovic. "Access to Justice in Environmental Matters in the South East European Region Particularly in Respect of Standing, Costs and Available Remedies." (2014).
  • Morina, Visar. "The Legal Prospective Force of Constitutional Courts Decisions: Reflections from the Constitutional Jurisprudence of Kosovo and beyond." Nottingham LJ 25 (2016): 16.
  • Visar Morina, Kosovo in editor (ed) Judicial Application of International Law in Southeast Europe, Springer, 2015.
  • Visar Morina, Johan van Lamoen and Gjylieta Mushkolaj, Commentary of the Law on the Constitutional Court, GIZ, 2015
  • Visar Morina, Legislative Veto from the Perspective of the Kosovo Constitution, Denning Law Journal Vol. 26, 2014.
  •   Visar Morina, Judgments and Decisions of Constitutional Court of Kosovo – Role of precedent and the Scope of Article 116.1 of the Constitution of Kosovo, Legal Journal “E Drejta”, Faculty of Law, University of Prishtina. 2013.
  • Visar Morina, Fisnik Korenica, and Dren Doli. "The relationship between international law and national law in the case of Kosovo: A constitutional perspective." International journal of constitutional law 9.1 (2011): 274-296.
  • Visar Morina, The Newly Established Constitutional Court in Post-Status Kosovo: Selected Institutional and Procedural Concerns. Review of Central and Eastern European Law. Vol 35. No. 2. 2010.
  • Co-author of the “Green Pack” Brochure, Regional Environmental Center (REC) for Central and Eastern Europe Field Office Kosovo/a, January 2010.
  • Doctorate Thesis: “Constitutional Justice in Countries in Transition: Challenges and Perspectives   Albania in Comparative Perspective”, published by the Johannes Kepler University in Linz (Austria), Trauner Verlag, 2008.
  • The legal framework on access to information in the context of Kosovo (Policy Paper), Kosovo Foundation for Open Society (KFOS), Prishtina, 2007
  • The transposition of the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in decision-Making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (The Århus Convention) with the legislation of Kosovo. (This report was compiled as part of the regional project ‘Improving Public Participation: next Steps in Implementing Aarhus Convention in Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, FYR Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro and Kosovo, 2006).
  • Explanatory Manual for Municipal Servants on “The Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-Making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters - the Århus Convention”. REC, Prishtina, September 2006.
  • The Right to Legal Representation, in: Kosovo Law Studies, Vol. 2, Prishtina, 2002. 
  • The American and the European Model of Constitutional Control: A Comparative Analysis, Law Review Quarterly (Faculty of Law of the University of Prishtina), Vol. 2 (2003), Prishtina.

 

 

 

 

 

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