Kosovo – Systems for Enforcing Agreements and Decisions Program
Since achieving independence in 2008, Kosovo has faced the challenge of establishing a system for enforcing legal agreements and court decisions that are necessary to stimulate domestic economic growth and foreign investment. In particular, the responsibility given to municipal court judges for executing utility bills and other minor claims left the courts with large backlogs of civil cases and diverted resources from protecting the contract and property rights of citizens and businesses. Checchi worked with local institutions to address these challenges through the introduction of stronger enforcement and dispute resolution mechanisms. Program components focused on promoting the acceptance and use of standardized contracts and binding obligations in commercial transactions, streamlining procedures for the enforcement of judgments, and developing an effective system for alternative dispute resolution that is consistent with international standards.