Acta Universitatis Danubius. Relationes Internationales, Vol 11, No 1 (2018)

Legal and constitutional aspects of Kosovo until the dissolution of the former Yugoslavia

Orhan Maxhun Ceku, Petrit Mete Nimani, Berat Aqif Aqifi, Kastriot Dermaku


Abstract: Being one of the constituent units of the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, the             constitutional legal position of the Republic of Kosovo has evolved at various stages of the political and legal               development of the Federation. This paper analyzes the legal and constitutional position                 of Kosovo in the former          Yugoslavia, namely up to 1989. The analysis includes some legal source documents of the 1990s, which paved                 the way for the establishment of the state of Kosovo, such as The Constitutional Declaration of 2 July 1990, the                 adoption of the Constitution of the Republic of Kosovo on 7 September 1990 and the 1991 referendum on independence. These legal acts preceded the war for independence and establishment of the state of Kosovo on           17.02.2008.

                The subject of this study is the legal and constitutional position of Kosovo in the former Yugoslavia, as well      as the legal acts adopted by the parallel organs of Kosovo in the 1990s.

                In the elaboration of the paper we have used the historical method which has helped us to analyze the main         events that have taken place for the time that the paper has dealt with. The main method used to elaborate this paper is            the legal method. This method has allowed us to interpret the legal and constitutional norms that regulate Kosovo's          status in the former Yugoslavia.


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