Helping Advance the Legal Sector
New Perimeter has re-joined forces with the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) to provide pro bono services for a USAID-funded project in Kosovo. The Kosovo Legal Profession Program is a three-year project focused on supporting practicing lawyers through the Kosovo Bar Association (KBA) and improving the Kosovar legal education system.
An international team of DLA Piper lawyers is providing technical assistance to the KBA. The New Perimeter team undertook a comprehensive review of Kosovo’s existing ethics rules and disciplinary system and made recommendations for improvement. Team lawyers have traveled to Kosovo several times to meet with key stakeholders and deliver seminars to Kosovar lawyers on legal ethics in a “train the trainers” exercise. They have also provided training to KBA staff on the conduct of disciplinary proceedings and drafting of disciplinary decisions and participated in panel discussions on the importance of ethics in the legal profession, including at local law schools. In addition, the team is working with the Gender Committee of the KBA to increase the number of women lawyers in Kosovo.
From 2005-2010, New Perimeter partnered with NCSC to assist the UN Mission in Kosovo and the Kosovar provisional government draft the laws creating the Kosovo court system and system of public prosecution. We also provided training on various legal topics to lawyers in the Kosovo Ministry of Justice.