USAID-Supported University of Pristina LL.M. Program in Contracts and Commercial Law Finishes First Semester

USAID-Supported University of Pristina LL.M. Program in Contracts and Commercial Law Finishes First SemesterPhoto by: USAID SEAD

Fall semester came to a successful close for the first-ever Master of Law (LL.M.) Program in Contracts and Commercial Law. With USAID support, the University of Pristina developed a new graduate legal education program in Kosovo focused on practical skills in commercial transactions and contract law. Those masters’ students have just completed fifteen weeks of lectures, assignments and final exams The LL.M., created with substantial support from the USAID Systems for Enforcing Agreements and Decisions (SEAD) Program, introduced an innovative “virtual law” curriculum, pairing at least one lecturer from a European or US university with a University of Pristina professor.

The teams collaborated with the Faculty’s assistant professors to develop and introduce new materials, and new skills-oriented teaching methodologies using a modern and innovative approach. The European and US professors provided weekly lectures via video-conferencing technology. “The international instructors in every class every day were a new experience, a valuable experience, and something very different for Kosovo,” wrote one student on his fall semester evaluation form. The USAID SEAD Program assisted the Faculty in curriculum design, and equipped a distance learning classroom to deliver instructors’ lectures from the US, UK, and Europe.

Courses never before offered in Kosovo included Business Accounting and Economics for Lawyers and a moot court class, in addition to others. Two instructors were invited by the USAID SEAD Program to lecture “live” for a short time at the Law Faculty during the fall. The spring semester beings in March, offering the master’s students new courses including Contract Negotiation and Drafting, International Commercial Contracts, and Commercial Law in the EU. The USAID SEAD Program aims to enhance the foundations of contract law, strengthen the broader rule of law, and establish an environment conducive to economic growth in Kosovo.

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