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20 Int'l Crim. L. Rev. 1 (2020)

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                 INTERNATIONAL  CRIMINAL  LAW REVIEW          Ceri aIn ll
 BRILL                       20 (2020) 1-15
 N IJ H O F F                                                 brill.com/icla



 Introducing the Special Issue 'Critical Perspectives

 on the   Law   and   Politics   of the   Kosovo Specialist

 Chambers and the Specialist Prosecutor's Office'



 I      Introduction

 The publication of this special issue comes at a critical juncture in time for
 Kosovo, as the young country awaits the first indictments to be issued by the
 Specialist Prosecutor's Office (s Po), the prosecutorial entity that is attached to
 the Kosovo Specialist Chambers (KSc). The prominence of the sro and the
 KSC for Kosovo, and more specifically its impact on domestic politics, came to
 the fore for the first time in a very prominent way when the incumbent Prime
 Minister Ramush Haradinaj resigned after being summoned  by the SPo  to
be questioned as a suspect.1 During the subsequent snap elections held on
6 October 2019, the opposition Vetevendosje party came out as winners right
before the other main opposition party, the Democratic League of Kosovo
(LDK).2
   This special issue brings together perspectives on four distinct matters
related to the sPo and the KSC, written by experts coming from different back-
grounds and/or  disciplines. In his contribution 'The Assumptions Underly-
ing the Kosovo Specialist Chambers and their Implications', Aidan Hehir con-
textualises the KSC within the broad range of international initiatives that have
arisen since 1999, which are premised on the assumption that international
actors are a benign source of order necessary to overcome Kosovo's problems.
In his piece, Hehir challenges this premise, by positing that the KSC's creation





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  cutors-questions/, accessed 28 December 2019.
2 Jack Robinson, 'Vetevendosje set for first place in parliamentary elections, Prishtinalnsight,
   7 October 2019, prishtinainsight.com/vetevendose-set-for-first-place-in-parliamentary-elec-
   tions, accessed 5 January 2020.


© KONINKLIJKE BRILL NV, LEIDEN, 2020 1 DOI:10.1163/15718123-02001012

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