Kushtrim Istrefi appointed individual member of the Venice Commission
The Kosovo Ministry of Foreign Affairs has appointed Dr Kushtrim Istrefi a substitute member of the Venice Commission, officially known as the European Commission for Democracy through Law, for a period of four years. Dr Kushtrim Istrefi is Assistant Professor of Human Rights Law and Public International Law. He is part of the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM) and the Utrecht Centre for Accountability and Liability Law (Ucall) at Utrecht University
The Venice Commission provides legal advice to its member states on how to bring their legal and institutional structures into line with European and international standards in the fields of democracy, human rights and the rule of law. It is an advisory body of the Council of Europe.
Individual members of the Venice Commission are predominantly university professors of human rights and international law, as well as supreme and constitutional court judges. Kushtrim Istrefi joins the Venice Commission as an expert in the European Convention on Human Rights and international law. He has taught, published, litigated and advised States and individuals on a wide range of issues related to the European Convention on Human Rights and the Council of Europe more generally.
Asked about his recent appointment, Kushtrim commented
I am most humbled and honoured to join Europe’s leading and largest advisory body on democracy, rule of law and human rights especially in these challenging times for the European public order. I look forward to working with other esteemed members of the Commission to fulfill the ambitious and noble mandate of the organization.
I am most humbled and honoured to join this advisory body, especially in these challenging times for the European public order