Gresa Caka Nimani

Judge

Gresa Caka-Nimani has been appointed a Judge of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Kosovo on 30 December 2015.

Until her appointment, Judge Caka-Nimani has served as a Senior Legal Advisor and more recently, as a Team Leader for the Democracy and Governance Office at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Kosovo. During her service at USAID, among others, she was responsible for supporting the development of USAID strategies in support of Kosovo’s development; providing legal advice and drafting commentaries and opinions on applicable legislation and the Constitution of the Republic of Kosovo. Judge Caka-Nimani was also responsible for the management of USAID’s rule of law portfolio, including programs supporting the independence of judiciary; professionalism, efficiency and accountability of judiciary; commercial law and property rights systems reforms; as well as the development and implementation of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms. In exercising her duties, she has paid particular attention to the protection of human rights and implementation of inclusiveness policies, in particular as it pertains to women empowerment and minority community integration. Judge Caka-Nimani has also participated in various legislative drafting working groups in the area of rule of law.

During the period 2006-2008, judge Caka-Nimani served as a coordinator and advisor for the United States support to the Working Group, and subsequently, the Constitutional Commission, responsible for drafting the Constitution of the Republic of Kosovo. Judge Caka-Nimani has also worked as an USAID advisor in support of the drafting of the Law on the Constitutional Court and the initial drafting of Constitutional Court’s Rules of Procedure.

Judge Caka-Nimani has completed her legal studies at the Law Faculty of the University of Prishtina (2004), and has earned a Master’s Degree in European Integration and Regionalism from the University Graz, Austria (2007). Judge Caka-Nimani is currently doing her PhD in constitutional law at the University in Graz in cooperation with the University of Primorska, Slovenia. Judge Caka-Nimani has also passed the Bar Exam and the Private Enforcement Exam (2013).

Judge Caka-Nimani has participated in numerous local and international conferences in the field of justice. She is certified in the area of justice and democracy and governance through numerous trainings and fellowships, including from the United States Federal Judicial Center. She is also trained and certified in strategic leadership by the United States Federal Executive Institute.

During her career, Judge Caka-Nimani has been awarded a number of awards and appreciations. Among others, she has received five “Meritorious Honor Awards” by the State Department for her valuable contribution in the area of rule of law and the “Michael K. White Memorial Award” for her special contribution during the drafting of the Constitution of the Republic of Kosovo.

Judge Caka-Nimani is married and has two daughters.