From national television morning show hosts, to provincial newspaper correspondents, this summer the Kosovo news media have begun to focus on the enforcement of agreements and decisions, giving serious attention to this intersection of the rule of law and business development in Kosovo. The surge in media attention began with the Civil Judgment Enforcement Conference, hosted by the USAID|Kosovo SEAD Program at the Grand Hotel on 17 May, which saw the turnout of all major print and broadcast outlets, and resulted in nineteen stories on the crisis of judgment enforcement. Following the conference, media attention has continued with stories and columns covering regional roundtables on international contracting practices and alternative dispute resolution (ADR), and MoU signings with the Kosovo Chamber of Commerce (KCC) and the American Chamber of Commerce in Kosovo (AmCham) on the development of Arbitration Tribunals.An important element of SEAD Program news media outreach has been a series of journalists’ forums in which print, broadcast, and new media representatives are invited to the SEAD offices for monthly behind-the-scenes discussions on key developments in the systems for the enforcement of judgments and decisions. In addition to providing background on upcoming news events, the forums open the door to journalists’ questions and criticisms, helping deepen SEAD understanding of public opinion and the news media agenda.
The first forum, held in May, focused on the upcoming Civil Judgment Enforcement Conference and featured analysis by three SEAD experts: Chief of Party David Greer, Senior Legal Advisor Peter Kahn, and Legal Advisor Teki Shehu. The July journalists’ forum addressed the broader topics of mediation and ADR, and was led by SEAD Program Chief of Party David Greer, Senior ADR Advisor Marilyn Zelin, KCC Acting President Safet Gerxhaliu, and AmCham Executive Director Leke Musa.<< Kthehu mbrapa