UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in co-operation with the Faculty of Law of Pristina University “Hasan Pristina” started with the Legal Clinic project for students on the protection of the rights of asylum seekers, refugees and stateless persons.
This is the third year in a row that students of the Faculty of Law in Pristina have the opportunity to learn about the importance of international and national legal instruments on protection of asylum seekers, refugees and stateless persons.
Students will talk to the asylum seekers and listen to their concerns
The Legal Clinic is also about the jurisdiction of international and national courts, procedures and standards, learning through case scenario simulations under consideration of global trends.
Students will have the opportunity to learn the concepts of pro bono legal aid. They will have the chance to visit the asylum centre, talk to asylum seekers and listen to their concerns.
UNHCR’s legal aid partner, the Civil Rights Program Kosovo (CRPK), professors of the Faculty of Law and Refugee and Stateless Status Determination officials/case workers will guide the students during the Legal Clinic that lasts for one semester.
UNHCR organized an opening event for the Legal Clinic, whereby the Dean of the Faculty of Law Professor, Haxhi Gashi, the UN Development Coordinator in Kosovo, Mrs. Ulrika Richardson and the Chief of the UNHCR Mission in Pristina, Mr. Erol Arduç, delivered to the students inspiring speeches.
They shared their experiences on the matter and stressed on the importance and the benefits of the Legal Clinic.
The Legal Clinic is a unique opportunity for the youth
The Chief of UNHCR Mission in Pristina, Mr. Erol Arduç, addressed the students that the Legal Clinic will develop the human element in their everyday life, which is often not given enough attention to.
He also said that this is a unique opportunity for the youth to practice as they are the ones who will take over responsibilities in the future and contribute to the well-being of the society.
A student of the Faculty of Law, Krenare Kodra said that she is very grateful to UNHCR for the opportunity given to her and other students.
She said that they understand the importance of the Legal Clinic and the impact it will have for further advancement of their law studies and their future as lawyers.
She also said that they know what a refugee is, the struggle they go through and how important it is to have capacity to host them and protect them. So, we as students will try to make the most out of this opportunity.
UNHCR appreciated the astir interest and high turnout of students. The speakers encouraged students to be engaged actively during the lectures in order to create an interactive atmosphere and benefit from each other.
We wish them all the best!