Donikë Qerimi (born 1986) is a lawyer and legal researcher from Kosovo, with an academic track record in private international law and an extensive law-making experience covering a wide range of areas from constitutional to criminal law.
Donikë graduated in law (with distinction) at the University of Pristina (Kosovo), earned her LLM at the University of Pittsburgh (USA) and is currently studying for a PhD in Private International Law at the University of Ghent (Belgium).
Having started her career at a very young age in the non-profit sector in Kosovo, Donikë served as project coordinator for youth programmes in Integra, an NGO with nation-wide profile. She then worked for the Kosovo Law Center where she led the editing of the first series of Kosovo’s Supreme Court Bulletins.
Following Kosovo’s declaration of independence in 2008 and her return from US, she coordinated the programme that established the Constitutional Court of Kosovo, where she was instrumental in designing and drafting the highest legal institution of the country. She was the editor of the bulletins of Kosovo’s Constitutional Court, among other engagements.
Since 2010, she serves as a lecturer and teaching assistant at the International Law Department of the Faculty of Law of the University of Prishtina.
Between 2009 and 2013 she served as a legal adviser to the Minister of Justice and Deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo. During this time, she was the lead author of several laws, including the Criminal Code and Criminal Procedure Code. She also was in charge of the international portfolio of the ministry, having led the Kosovo delegations in negotiating the country’s first international legal agreements. Between 2011 and 2013, she was the one of the lead legal experts for the Kosovo team in the EU-mediated negotiations with Serbia. She continues to advise the Government of Kosovo on this matter on pro bono basis.
Currently, Donikë is working on her PhD research in Private International Law, focusing in the jurisdictional issues of international civil procedure of the countries of Western Balkans and their legal rapports with the EU and the US, under the supervision of Professor Johan Erauw at the University of Ghent.