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Revista de ciencia política (Santiago)

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Rev. cienc. polít. (Santiago) vol.34 no.3 Santiago  2014 



[RETRACTED ARTICLE]Eulex's Impact on the Rule of Law in Kosovo

[ARTÍCULO RETRACTADO] Impacto de Eulex en el Estado de Derecho en Kosovo



University of Porto


University of Beira Interior


Kosovo is the largest per capita recipient of EU financial aid in the world, and is home to the largest civilian crisis management mission ever launched by the Union (EULEX). However, it is questionable whether this assistance has been sufficiently effective. The judiciary continues to suffer from political interference, inefficiency and a lack of transparency and enforcement.

This paper considers the EU's assistance to Kosovo in the field of the Rule of Law and attempts to assess whether it is achieving its intended results. It discusses what EULEX's impact has been on overall progress in the main areas of the Rule of Law: the police and justice.

Key words: European Union, EULEX, Police, Justice, Rule of Law.


Kosovo es el mayor receptor per cápita de la ayuda financiera de la UE en el mundo, y es el hogar de la mayor misión de gestión civil de crisis jamás lanzado por la Unión Europea (EULEX). Sin embargo, es dudoso que esta ayuda haya sido suficientemente eficaz. El poder judicial sigue sufriendo la interferencia política, la ineficiencia y la falta de transparencia y cumplimiento. En este trabajo se considera la asistencia de la UE para Kosovo en el ámbito del Estado de Derecho y se intenta evaluar si se están alcanzando los resultados previstos . Se discute el impacto de EULEX en el progreso global de las principales áreas del Estado de Derecho: la policía y la justicia.

Palabras clave: Unión Europea, EULEX, policía, justicia, Estado de Derecho.


Notice of Retraction

Article title: Eulex's Impact on the Rule of Law in Kosovo

Authors: Teresa Cierco and Liliana Reis

Journal: Revista de Ciencia Política

Bibilometrics: Volume 34, Number 3, 2014, pages 645-663


Publisher: Instituto de Ciencia Política, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

The director and editors of Revista de Ciencia Política (RCP) have decided to retract the article "Eulex's Impact on the Rule of Law in Kosovo" by Teresa Cierco and Liliana Reis, which appeared in RCP 34(3), pp. 645-663 in 2014.

After concern was raised about possible plagiarism (September 10, 2018), the editors of RCP investigated the case according to the Committee on Publication Ethics guidelines to assess the seriousness of the allegation and to determine its merits. The authors were then given the opportunity to respond to these charges. After careful consideration of all relevant information, including the authors' response, the editors found that the article did indeed contain numerous and lengthy passages that either represent verbatim copies of someone else's work, or which paraphrase source material with only minor alterations without being identified as such. These findings concern, in particular, the following publications: Džihić and Kramer (2009) "Kosovo After Independence" Friedrich Ebert Stiftung; European Court of Auditors (2012) "European Union Assistance to Kosovo Related to the Rule of Law" Special Report No 18; and Group for Legal and Political Studies (2013), "Rock and Rule: Dancing with EULEX" Forum 2015 - KFOS Operational Project.

Following an appeal by the authors, the Director of RCP, Alfonso Donoso, appointed a three-member ethics committee to review the case. After an exhaustive review, the committee confirmed the editors' initial decision.

The director and editors of RCP sincerely apologize to the authors' whose work is not duly cited and have taken steps to prevent future violations of academic integrity.

The retracted article will remain online to maintain the scholarly record, but it will be digitally watermarked on each page as "Retracted."

RCP Director
Alfonso Donoso

RCP Editors
Cristian Pérez Muñoz
Carsten-Andreas Schulz

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