Group for Legal and Political Studies is an independent, non-partisan and non-profit public policy organization based in Prishtina, Kosovo. Our mission is to conduct credible policy research in the fields of politics, law and economics and to push forward policy solutions that address the failures and/or tackle the problems in the said policy fields. Through advocating the policy solutions derived from our policy research, we aim to support four fundamental policy developments:
a. to support the democratization of the polity with regard to institutional and substantive policy reform; b. to strengthen the rule-of-law capacity and performance via informed policy solutions and practical advocating strategies; c. to enhance the economic growth and development by promoting market strategies that increase the rate of growth and stability, and d. to help improve regional cooperation and Kosovo’s presence at the international level.
We are dedicated to provide high-quality public policy research through prominent scholars drawn from international and European centres of excellence in research, while aiming to be globally competitive for our quality research and impact in the fields of political science, law and economics.
We pursue our mission:
a. by producing public policy analysis addressing specific challenges that Kosovo faces within the context of the said policy fields, and offering policy solutions and ways to improve the efficiency, integrity, objectivity and credibility of the polity; b. by engaging with the governmental, civic, media and community-based stakeholders to advocate that certain policy challenges be tackled with more progressive, informed and effective policy responses; c. by offering innovative policy responses to institutions and the public on how to tackle certain challenges in the long-term, and engaging with them to channel the voice for better reform and development strategies; d. by stimulating the public, the civic groups and the communities with ways to increase their role in the decision-making and agenda-setting, therein promoting a vibrant civil society and public opinion formation; e. by organizing open, informed, level-headed and policy-responsive public debates, wherein governmental and non-governmental stakeholders push forward open-minded policy choices and solutions.
Group for Legal and Political Studies is committed to advancing the policy and decision-making processes in Kosovo through public policy research, analysis, and professional advice and advocacy. The following principles are essential to our mission:
NON-PARTISANSHIP and NON-POLITICAL AGENDA Group for Legal and Political Studies is an organization free from any political party affiliation, bias, or designation. Its mission is not based on or influenced by any political party, political organization, forum, or other institution related to political parties. Its activities do not aim to support the interests and/or policies of any political party or ideological organization. In addition, the Group refuses to pursue and/or support policies or issues that aim to advance the agenda of any political party or political organization.
NON-PROFIT STATUS Group for Legal and Political Studies is a non-profit (pro bono publico) organization. Group’s mission is to serve as a framework and outlet for civil participation in the policy and decision-making process. It consists of people who are assembled to work toward common/public aims, with the purpose of benefitting the public and society at-large. Moreover, it is not in the Group for Legal and Political Studies’ aim or mission to generate, accumulate and/or distribute personal profits for its members, board or individuals.
QUALITY, OBJECTIVITY, FAIRNESS, INTEGRITY AND EQUALITY Group for Legal and Political Studies work is based on the quality and objectivity as inherent values and distinguished characteristics of our institutional performance. In addition, the Group is devoted to the respect for the principles of integrity and fairness. The Group is an equal opportunity organization; therefore, any discrimination on whatever basis is against our mission and values.
CONFLICT OF INTEREST Group for Legal and Political Studies is committed to avoid any conflict of interest. Its members’ duties are to act in the benefit of the public interest and to respect the organisational values and principles. Group members are therefore obliged to act for, and in the benefit of, the public and should not use their position within the organization for personal benefit.
TRANSPARENCY ANDOPENESS Group for Legal and Political Studies’ work is based on the principle of transparency and openness. Group is prepared to disclose, avail, and allow access to relevant information about the functioning of its bodies, adopted decisions, finances and activities. It is within its mission to provide reasons for its decisions and action, and to make available information about relevant or institutional changes. Group for Legal and Political Studies finances are reviewed by external, credible auditors, and its reports are regularly made available for the public.
RESPECT FOR THE LAW Group for Legal and Political Studies is committed to respect the law and other regulatory obligations. Its members have the obligation to adhere to the law and other rules of conduct.
REPUTATION The Group staff and members have the duty and the responsibility to maintain, protect and develop the inherent values and principles of the organization, and Group’s reputation as a distinguished source of high quality, objective, and non-partisan public policy research, analysis and advocacy.
“The Stockholm Network is the leading pan-European think tank and market oriented network. It is a one-stop shop for organisations seeking to work with Europe’s brightest policymakers and thinkers. Today, the Stockholm Network brings together more than 110 market-oriented think tanks from across Europe, giving us the capacity to deliver local and locally-tailored global messages across the EU and beyond. Combined, think tanks in our network publish thousands of op-eds in the high quality European press, produce many hundreds of publications, and hold a wide range of conferences, seminars and meetings. As such, the Stockholm Network and its members influence many millions of Europeans every year.” Group for Legal and Political Studies is a full member of the Stockholm Network.
“Europe’s World is the only independent Europe-wide policy journal, produced in association with over 140 leading European think tanks and academic institutions. Since its launch in 2005 it has become the premier ideas platform for new thinking on political, economic and social issues, read by over 100,000 of the most influential decision makers and opinion formers across Europe. To date over 500 authors, including Heads of State, corporate chiefs, top academics, leading NGO activists or policymakers, have contributed articles, firmly cementing Europe’s World’s reputation as a platform for new thinking and ground-breaking ideas.” Group for Legal and Political Studies is a full member of the Think Tank Europe Network.
“The European Information Network on International Relations and Area Studies (EINIRAS) is an association of research institutions dealing with information and documentation on international relations in research and political practice. EINIRAS’s long-term objective is to establish a common European database on international relations and area studies. Its short-term objectives include the expansion of practical cooperation and the exchange of information, bibliographical data and publications.” Group for Legal and Political Studies is a full member of EINIRAS.
“The Economic Freedom Network is devoted to promoting economic freedom around the world. The network has member institutes in over 80 nations. The Economic Freedom Network publishes annually the Economic Freedom of the World. The index published in Economic Freedom of the World measures the degree to which the policies and institutions of countries are supportive of economic freedom. Group for Legal and Political Studies contributes with data representing Kosovo in the index, and represents it officially in Kosovo.” Group for Legal and Political Studies is a full member of The Economic Freedom Network
The European Sustainable Development Network (ESDN) – “The European Sustainable Development Network is an informal network of public administrators and other experts dealing with sustainable development (SD) strategies in Europe.” Group for Legal and Political Studies is an associated member of ESDN.
is a think tank-driven process designed to stimulate debate on the future direction of the European Union’s external relations. By organizing a series of seminars, workshops and other events, the think-tanks will aim to stimulate and promote a debate on the future of European external relations. The process will be open and inclusive. Input from other think-tanks, civil society and individuals, as well as representatives of governments and EU institutions, will be welcomed. Group for Legal and Political Studies is an Associated Partner of European Global Strategy.
“The Coalition for the International Criminal Court includes 2,500 civil society organizations in 150 different countries working in partnership to strengthen international cooperation with the ICC; ensure that the Court is fair, effective and independent; make justice both visible and universal; and advance stronger national laws that deliver justice to victims of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.” Group for Legal and Political Studies is a full member of CICC.
“The ACE Practitioners’ Network is (in pair with the ACE Regional Centres) the backbone of ACE. It brings together election professionals from different countries – with diverse and complementary experience and specialisation – into the first ever online global knowledge network in the field of elections. The aim of the Practitioners’ Network is to constantly generate new qualified electoral knowledge and to be cutting edge and push the field of elections forward. The network also offers an opportunity for its members to obtain peer advice and support and to extend their own professional networks.”. Group for Legal and Political Studies is represented at the ACE Practitioners’ Network with one senior member.
“Central and Eastern European Online Library is the result of 10 years of work by the Frankfurt Eastern/Western European Cultural Center PALAIS JALTA. During the 1990’s, the annual book fairs in Frankfurt offered the most appropriate opportunities for networking among publishers, as well as for discussions and all kinds of public events. Today as leading CEE online resource, C.E.E.O.L. offers an outstanding portfolio of 100,000 + articles of 500+ journals which are published by prestigious scholarly and independent institutions. Our titles cover the full spectrum of humanities and social studies, and include numerous titles placed at the top of their fields of Central and Eastern European studies.” Group for Legal and Political Studies is a full member of CEEOL.
“Vita Europe was born from within the well-established Vita nonprofit contents group which, since 1994, has been publishing the benchmark third sector weekly newspaper in Italy. Vita Europe is an English language news portal that aims to create an identity and culture for European civil society. It gives voice to the sector’s protagonists, their stories and best practices, all the while measuring their economic weight country by country.” Group for Legal and Political Studies is a core partner of VITA Europe.
“The International Relations and Security Network is the world’s leading open access information service for international relations and security professionals. ISN strives to meet the rapidly evolving information and educational needs of our users by working with the world’s leading think tanks, universities, research institutes, NGOs and international organizations. ISN partner network continues to grow in tandem with the changing international agenda. This allows ISN to offer its users a broad selection of views and opinions on the major issues of our day.” Group for Legal and Political Studies is a full member of ISN.
“The European Parties Elections and Referendums Network is a network of scholars researching the impact of European integration on parties, elections and public opinion. The Network produces an ongoing series of briefings on the impact of European integration on election campaigns. EPERN emerged as the successor to the Opposing Europe Research Network (OERN) that was launched at a June 2000 workshop at the Sussex European Institute as a network of scholars interested in researching the comparative party politics of Euroscepticism. Over the next three years, OERN organised a series of ESRC-funded seminars together with a workshop at the ECPR joint sessions and a series of conference panels.” Group for Legal and Political Studies is represented at EPERN with two senior members.
“Think for Europe” Network of Think Tanks and EU Policy Research Centres in South East Europe (TEN) was established against the background of weak regional cooperation in EU related policy research, despite the common challenges pre-accession countries face on their road to EU membership. Think tanks in the region persistently improve the evidence basis for policy making and advocacy to ensure that new policies proposed and adopted in the EU accession process are well analysed, their impact is well assessed and their implementation is properly monitored and evaluated. Such efforts, nevertheless, as a rule remain constrained to individual countries and few of the positive experiences and good practices are transferred to their neighbours.
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