This interdisciplinary programme comes in response to the increasing need in Kosovo and regional economy for legal and business professionals with a solid knowledge of international and european business law. The graduates boast an impressive set of additional skills and knowledge with direct relevance for work in companies, law firms, and other organizations. They belong to a still small group of professionals who have been systematically trained to take an interdisciplinary approach to legal and management questions. There are several developments in the market that have provided the impetus for curriculum development:
- Comprehensive legal reform in Kosovo – with international assistance and support from international development agencies Kosovo has undertaken a comprehensive legal framework and judiciary reform. A new criminal law, criminal procedure, civil law and procedure entered into force in 2013. The legal reform was followed by a complete overhaul of the court system in Kosovo in order to secure a more transparent, efficient and impartial judiciary. The new system has enabled the development of a notary system as well as alternative mechanisms for dispute resulution (mediation system)
- New technological developments – the diffusion of telecommunication as well as internet private providers Kosovo has come to face a new legal challenge. Questions of data protection, defamation, intellectual property rights have come to surface. Majorty of legal programs in Kosovo are not designed to produce graduate that can provide expertise, policy assistance and research in the area. UBT has LLB program as well as well-developed business, computer science and information systems program. The existing capacities and interdiciplinary approach as well as institutions’ international linkages have motivated both staff and students to propose a new program that offers opportunities for concentration in internet and law as well as regulation.
- Kosovo’s European agenda – Kosovo has signed a visa liberalisation agreement with European Commission in 2012 and a Stabilisation and Association Agreement in 2013. Both agreement have wider legal and institutional implications in the areas of document security, readmission, intergrated border management as well as protection of human rights. In addition, the SAA process imples a comprehensive legal reforms in the areas of trade and economy. In essence, Kosovo’s administration will be undergoing the process of ‘europeanisation of legislation’ and in need of new well-qualified and knowlegeable experts and researchers.
- Kosovo’s integration into the global economy – the Government has signed several international agreements in the areas of trade and prioritised Kosovo’s integration into the World Trade Organisation. An increased pace of internationalisation requires that Kosovo’s society, businesses, civil society as well as academia assist into the process of mainstreaming international legal obligations and agreements and improve domestic standards in line with international practices. The proposed curriculum at UBT is unique in Kosovo as many of the programs focus on criminal matters and much less of other important facets of civil and international private law.