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The Kosovo Specialist Chambers and the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office have operated from 2017 – present.

Founding Documents

Jurisdiction

The Specialist Chambers and Specialist Prosecutor’s Office have jurisdiction over crimes against humanity, war crimes and other crimes under Kosovo law in relation to allegations reported in the Council of Europe Report on Inhuman treatment of people and illicit trafficking in human organs in Kosovo. These crimes are set out in Articles 12-16 of the Law on the Specialist Chambers and the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office, and include war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The Chambers also have jurisdiction over the following offences in the Kosovo Criminal Code (2012)

  • Chapter XXXII, Articles 284-386, 388, 390-407
  • Chapter XXXIII, Articles 409-411, 415, 419, 421
  • Chapter XXXIV, Articles 423-242

Temporal Jurisdiction (Article 7 of the Law on the Specialist Chambers)

  • The Specialist Chambers shall have jurisdiction over crimes within its subject matter jurisdiction which occurred between 1 January 1998 and 31 December 2000.

Territorial Jurisdiction (Article 8 of the Law on the Specialist Chambers)

  • Consistent with the territorial jurisdiction of Kosovo courts under applicable criminal laws in force between 1 January 1998 and 31 December 2000, the Specialist Chambers shall have jurisdiction over crimes within its subject matter jurisdiction which were either commenced or committed in Kosovo.

Status of Cases

While the Chambers are now fully operational, they are yet to issue indictments.