Dr. Altay Suroy


Dr. Altay Suroy is a Judge of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Kosovo.

Prior to his appointment to the Constitutional Court from 2006 to 2008, Judge Suroy was Deputy Minister of Justice. In the period from 2000 to 2006, he was District Public Prosecutor in Prizren. Before that, for nine years Judge Suroy worked as a lawyer in Prizren.

From 1976 to 1990, he was a Judge in Municipal Court in Prizren and before that, from 1972 to 1976, he was Director of Legal Service in the Agricultural-Industrial Combine “Progres-Export” in Prizren.
Between 1969 and 1972, Judge Suroy worked as a journalist for the Turkish newspaper “Tan” in Pristina. In 2007, Judge Suroy was appointed in the position of Deputy Commissioner for Legal Aid where he served until 2009.

During his career he took part in drafting of several important laws. Judge Suroy was also head of the Election Commission in Prizren from 1977 to 1989, and also taught in Prizren Gymnasium the subjects “Introduction to Law” and “Constitutional Law”.

Judge Suroy took part also in the drafting of the 2008 Constitution of Republic of Kosovo, in the capacity of the expert. He was the founder of several non-governmental organizations in Kosovo and was continuously involved in journalistic activities in Kosovo and Turkey.

Judge Suroy appeared with presentations in national and international conferences. He is a member of several international organizations, and a member of editorial and review boards of journals with international review.

He is author of 15 books published in Turkish language, such as: “Turkish Language in Kosovo and Efforts for Identity”(2005), “The Rights of the Turkish Community and its Members in Kosovo” (2005), “Being a Turk in Kosovo” (2006), “A Selection of presentations published in Turkey” (2001), etc. He is also a translator of 6 books.

Judge Suroy completed Faculty of Law at the University of Prishtina while the Academic Council of Asia University in Baku of Azerbaijan awarded him the title of Honorary Doctorate.

The mandate of Judge Suroy at the Constitutional Court is nine years.