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Kosovo Property Claims Commission
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Kosovo Property Claims Commission

Establishment

The Kosovo Property Claims Commission (KPCC) is the quasi-judicial decision-making body within the Kosovo Property Agency (KPA) which was established pursuant to UNMIK Regulations 2006/10 ‘On the Resolution of Claims Relating to Private Immoveable Property, including Agricultural and Commercial Property’ (as amended).
The KPA/KPCC operates as a mass claims processing  mechanism in the field of post-conflict property restitution with the objective of facilitating the exercise of property rights by persons displaced by the armed conflict in Kosovo in 1998-1999 irrespective of their ethnicity. Similar mass claims facilities have been created in other post-conflict situations, including in Bosnia.   Article 1 of Protocol 1 to the European Convention on Human Rights confirms the basic human right to the enjoyment of possessions, including private property.


Mandate


The mandate of the KPCC is to resolve conflict-related ownership and use rights claims with respect to private immoveable property involving circumstances directly related to or resulting from the armed conflict that occurred between 27 February 1998 and 20 June 1999 where the claimant is not now able to exercise such property rights.
Claims involving property disputes unrelated to the 1998-1999 conflict fall outside of the mandate of the KPCC and will continue to be resolved through the local court system.   Similarly, claims not involving private immoveable property fall outside of the KPCC mandate.
The KPCC is authorized to confirm ownership and use rights claimed by parties, make orders for possession of the property, including eviction orders in relation to unlawful occupants, and grant, refuse or dismiss claims.


Operations


The KPCC conducts sessions every two months for the resolution of claims presented to it for adjudication by the Executive Secretariat of the KPA. KPCC decisions are subject to the right of appeal only to the Supreme Court of Kosovo, KPA Appeals Panel.   The KPCC consists of two international Commissioners and one local Commissioner.

Commissioners

The current members of the Commission are:

Mr. Veijo Heiskanen (Finland) serves as chairman of the KPCC. Previously he was an international member of the Housing and Property Claims Commission in Kosovo.  He was a graduate of the University of Helsinki and Harvard Law School; he was conferred with his LL.M. in 1988 and S.J.D. in 1992.  He specialized in international law; commercial arbitration law, trade law and internet law.  Prior to his position with LALIVE Attorneys-at-Law in Geneva, he served as Secretary General and Senior Claims Judge of the Claims Resolution Tribunal for Dormant Accounts in Switzerland (2001-2002); Director of the Institute of International Economic Law of the University of Helsinki (1998-2000); Deputy Chief of the Legal Service of the UN Compensation Commission (1994-1998); and Legal Advisor with the Iran-US Claims Tribunal in the Hague (1990-1994).  He lectured in various institutions, including at the University of Helsinki and the Hague Academy of International Law; has been a Visiting Scholar with the UN University in Tokyo (1999); he worked for the Arbitration Commission of the International Conference for the Former Yugoslavia (1993); and was also a member of the Steering Committee on International Mass Claims Processes at the Permanent Court of Arbitration. He is the author of numerous publications on international law; international arbitration and dispute settlements.

Mr. Norbert Wühler (Germany) is an international member of the KPCC. He graduated and received his doctorate in law from the University of Heidelberg. He is currently Director of Reparation Programmes at the International Organization for Migration. His previous positions include Chief of the Legal Services Branch of the United Nations Compensation Commission (1992-2000), Legal Adviser to the President and Deputy Secretary-General of the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal (1983-1991), research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg (1978-1983) and attorney admitted to the bars of Heidelberg and Mannheim (1979-1983). He has been chairman, member and secretary of several international arbitral tribunals, has been an adviser to the Commission for Real Property Claims in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission, and is a member of the Steering Committee on Mass Claims Processes at the Permanent Court of Arbitration and of an Expert Advisory Group on Victims Participation and Reparations at the International Criminal Court. He has taught and published on international property and compensation claims, dispute resolution, state responsibility and international arbitration.

Mr Abdullah Aliu (Kosovo), is a local member of the Kosovo Property Claims Commission, appointed by the Kosovo Assembly. In 1998 he received his doctorate in the field of Civil Rights in Kosovo at the Law Faculty of the University of Prishtina. During 1984-1985 he specialized at the University of Nice and Paris II and later in 1994, he also specialized at the University of Vienna. Further, in 2005 he attended a training programme in the Legal Clinic, Illinois (USA). He also attended many seminars, workshops, and other projects in USA, France, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia, Bulgaria etc, at different Universities such as Harvard, Pitsburgh, University of Zyrich, CEU University etc. Since 2003 he has been an ordinary professor at the Law Faculty of the University of Prishtina and has lectured on “Civil Right”, “Family and Inheritance Right”, “Property Right”, “Intellectual Property Right”, “Civil Comparison Right”, “Cadastral Right”. He has participated in a few working groups for drafting the legislation on the civil field in Kosovo. Also, he has lectured on the civil field at other universities inside and outside Kosovo. He is the author of several books and papers of scientific character.

PRESS RELEASES   
KPCC MARCH 2014 SESSION
KPCC NOVEMBER 2013 SESSION
KPCC AUGUST 2013 SESSION
KPCC JUNE 2013 SESSION
KPCC APRIL 2013 SESSION
KPCC FEBRUARY 2013 SESSION
KPCC DECEMBER 2012 SESSION
KPCC OCTOBER 2012 SESSION
KPCC SEPTEMBER 2012 SESSION
KPCC JUNE 2012 SESSION
KPCC APRIL 2012 SESSION
KPCC FEBRUARY 2012 SESSION
KPCC DECEMBER 2011 SESSION
KPCC OCTOBER 2011 SESSION
KPCC SEPTEMBER 2011 SESSION
KPCC JUNE 2011 SESSION
KPCC MAY 2011 SESSION
KPCC FEBRUARY 2011 SESSION
KPCC DECEMBER 2010 SESSION
KPCC OCTOBER 2010 SESSION
KPCC AUGUST 2010 SESSION
KPCC JUNE 2010 SESSION
KPCC APRIL 2010 SESSION
KPCC FEBRUARY 2010 SESSION
Statistics
Statistics on Claim Adjudication August 2013
Statistics on Claim Adjudication June 2013
Statistics on Claim Adjudication April 2013
Statistics on Claim Adjudication February 2013
Statistics on Claim Adjudication December 2012
Statistics on Claim Adjudication October 2012
Statistics on Claim Adjudication September 2012
Statistics on Claim Adjudication June 2012
Statistics on Claim Adjudication April 2012
Statistics on Claim Adjudication February 2012
Statistics on Claim Adjudication December 2011
Statistics on Claim Adjudication October 2011
Statistics on Claim Adjudication September 2011
Statistics on Claim Adjudication June 2011
Statistics on Claim Adjudication May 2011
Statistics on Claim Adjudication February 2011
Statistics on Claim Adjudication December 2010
Statistics on Claim Adjudication August 2010
Statistics on Claim Adjudication June 2010
Decisions 2007 
4th KPCC Session - Dec
3rd KPCC Session - Oct
2nd KPCC Session - Aug
1st KPCC Session - Jun
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