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Contested StatehoodKosovo's Struggle for Independence$
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Marc Weller

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199566167

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566167.001.0001

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The Drafting of the Kosovo Constitution and Special Provisions for Minorities in Kosovo

The Drafting of the Kosovo Constitution and Special Provisions for Minorities in Kosovo

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(p.240) 14 The Drafting of the Kosovo Constitution and Special Provisions for Minorities in Kosovo
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Contested Statehood
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566167.003.0014

This chapter traces the constitutional drafting process in Kosovo, following presentation of the definitive Ahtisaari proposal on 26 March 2007. Although many actors, both local and domestic, were eager to become involved, the drafting process was ultimately carried out by just twenty-one representatives, backed up by a team of advisors from the international implementation agencies, and tightly managed by the US mission in Prishtina. It is suggested that this choice of a small expert committee, coupled with heavy international involvement, might have resulted in a lack of local ownership. On 2 April, the final version of the Constitution was certified by the ICR and the Kosovo government, and adopted by the Kosovo Assembly on 9 April 2008. After a further preparatory period, it took effect on 15 June. The chapter examines the provisions of the constitution in more detail, noting in particular special arrangements for the protection of communities.

Keywords:   Constitution of Kosovo, drafting process, protection of communities, Ahtisaari, Prishtina

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