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PILPG solicits a report for the Government of Kosovo regarding European Standards for Criminal Procedure

Clients Public International Law & Policy Group ("PILPG")

A multi-office, international Jones Day team drafted a report for the Government of Kosovo on European Standards for Criminal Procedure, on behalf of the Public International Law and Policy Group (PILPG), a 2005 Nobel Peace Prize nominee. The report is intended to give guidance to Kosovo on how to reform its criminal procedure rules and practices to conform to European norms, in order to support Kosovo's anticipated application for membership in the European Union. PILPG is a non-profit organization that operates as a global pro bono law firm providing free legal assistance to states and governments involved in peace negotiations, drafting post-conflict constitutions, and prosecuting war criminals. Jones Day's report analyzed current issues in the implementation of Kosovo's criminal procedure code, surveyed European norms as set forth in the European Convention on Human Rights and the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, presented case studies of criminal procedure and practice in France, Poland and Bulgaria, and concluded with recommendations and best practices. PILPG praised our memo as "very thorough and extremely well written," and said that it "has not seen such a concise and thorough memorandum covering this topic before."