Pitt Law Alumna Vjosa Osmani Wins Sheth International Young Alumni Achievement Award


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Vjosa Osmani Wins Sheth International Young Alumni Achievement Award
2005 LLM and 2015 SJD Alumna From the Republic of Kosova Promotes Democracy and Human Rights

Pittsburgh­ – University of Pittsburgh School of Law alumna Dr. Vjosa Osmani,’05, is to be awarded the 2016-2017 Sheth International Young Alumni Achievement Award. Osmani will accept the award at a reception at the University of Pittsburgh on April 5, 2017.

Osmani achieved success at a young age and while working in the traditionally men’s world of politics in the Republic of Kosovo. She has become a respected voice Kosovo’s politics and government as well as in international organizations. She has the distinction of receiving more votes than any other woman in the history of parliamentary elections in Kosovo and she was the second-most voted for official in her party, the Democratic League of Kosovo.

A native of Prishtina in Kosovo, Osmani served as Chief of Staff, Foreign Policy Advisor, and Legal Counsel to the President of the Republic of Kosovo from 2006 to 2010. During this period, she was the President’s representative on the Constitutional Commission, the body that drafted the first Constitution of the Republic of Kosovo. She was also a member of the legal team at the International Court of Justice in the advisory proceedings related to Kosovo’s Declaration of Independence.

In 2011, Osmani was elected to the national parliament of the Republic of Kosovo and is now completing her second term in office. As a member of parliament, she has served as Chair of the Committee for European Integration and Vice Chair of the Committee for Constitutional Reforms in Kosovo. The European Parliament has adopted a Resolution recognizing and welcoming the initiatives that she undertook to foster cross-party dialog. In addition, the United Nations Development Program named her the 2011 Social Inclusion Champion for her role championing social inclusion and welfare in Kosovo.

Osmani holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Prishtina, and Masters and Doctorate degrees from Pitt Law. She currently teaches at the University of Prishtina, at the American College of Kosovo, and at Pitt Law, as a Visiting Professor. Her research focuses on the rule of law, foreign policy, human rights, and social and equality issues.

About the Sheth International Awards:

Founded in 2012, the Sheth International Awards are a result of a gift from Madhuri and Dr. Jagdish N. Sheth (Business ‘62G, ‘66G) through the Sheth Family Foundation.  The awards are administered by the University Center for International Studies at Pitt. The Sheth International Young Alumni Achievement Award acknowledges a University of Pittsburgh alumnus for contributions to the international community through professional achievement and societal impact.  The Sheth Distinguished Faculty Award for International Achievement recognizes the contributions of a current University of Pittsburgh faculty member to furthering international education.