The Kosovo Specialist Chambers (KSC) and Specialist Prosecutor’s Office (SPO) were established pursuant to an international agreement ratified by the Kosovo Assembly, a Constitutional Amendment and the Law on the Specialist Chambers and Specialist Prosecutor’s Office. The KSC and SPO are of a temporary nature with a specific mandate and jurisdiction over crimes against humanity, war crimes and other crimes under Kosovo law, which were commenced or committed in Kosovo between 1 January 1998 and 31 December 2000 by or against citizens of Kosovo or the former Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. The KSC and SPO are funded by the European Union and third contributing states, including Norway, Switzerland and the United States.
The Kosovo Specialist Chambers and the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office are two independent institutions. The Specialist Prosecutor’s Office is responsible for the investigation and prosecution of crimes within the jurisdiction of the Specialist Chambers. The Specialist Chambers is the court, whose mandate is to conduct independent, impartial, fair and efficient criminal proceedings in a safe and secure environment.
The Kosovo Specialist Chambers and Specialist Prosecutor’s Office have a seat in The Hague. Their staff is international, as are the Judges, the President, the Registrar, and the Specialist Prosecutor.
The KSC premises feature a fully modern courtroom and integrated court management platform, with a gallery for visitors and the capacity to stream proceedings in the three official languages of the court (Albanian, English and Serbian) via the KSC website. The premises also include a Media Centre to facilitate and support media reporting on proceedings from the premises, as well as a Press Briefing Centre where spokespersons conduct online Weekly Press Briefings, giving journalists the opportunity to hear an update on proceedings and ask questions from anywhere in the world.
Anyone interested in following KSC court proceedings can consult the Court Calendar to find out when a public hearing is scheduled. Public hearings can be followed from the public gallery on the KSC premises or online through the KSC streaming site
Reaching people in Kosovo and the wider region with accurate information and the opportunity to ask questions has been a priority of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers since the court’s establishment.
To this end, the KSC has a robust outreach programme, which disseminates timely information on the work of the court and fosters dialogue about it.
The KSC outreach team travels to Kosovo on a monthly basis and, in cooperation with civil society, carries out interactive events with students and young people, legal professionals, journalists, and citizens in local communities. The KSC also produces video clips for broadcast on television and online, covering basic topics about the court and some of the questions that are most frequently raised at Outreach events.
Through its visitors’ programme, the KSC welcomes student groups to the premises of the court in The Hague, where they can learn about the KSC and, when applicable, watch trial hearings in the public gallery.
The Kosovo Specialist Chambers currently has four ongoing cases.
The most up to date information on each case can be found on their website.