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June 15, 2012

Oregon Law grad awarded Fulbright Grant

Jason Tashea '12 to study judicial reform in Kosovo

Oregon Law graduate Jason Tashea '12 has been awarded a Fulbright Research Grant to study recent judicial reforms in Kosovo, a region in southeast Europe, since it declared independence from Serbia in 2008. Jason Tashea

Tashea will spend approximately ten months of the upcoming year in Pristina, Kosovo, researching recent nationwide judicial reforms and the challenges in cultivating an independent judiciary. He plans to interview judges appointed under new laws and standards to understand how the reforms are affecting them. He plans to use narrative theory to build on and supplement existing studies on judicial reform in Kosovo.

“My goal is to create a narrative in regards to the affects the reforms are having on the judges themselves," Tashea remarked. “By understanding how the judges feel, I believe that reforms can be tweaked to increase the judiciary's support and ultimately the success of the reforms.”

Tashea’s interest in rule of law development fueled his decision to pursue his research in Kosovo and apply for the grant. His experience interning for the American Bar Association in Armenia and the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime in Austria showed him that without the rule of law a nation could find itself in both civil and criminal trouble.

Jason TasheaThe Fulbright Program selects U.S. citizens with the aim to study, teach or research abroad in an exchange program with non-U.S. citizens. The program was established in 1946 to increase a mutual understanding between the United States and other countries through the exchange of people, knowledge and skills.

“I feel honored and a bit of shock in receiving this grant,” Tashea said. “I never thought that my application would make it to the final round, so to actually be receiving this grant is humbling and at the same time mind blowing."

This is the second Fulbright in as many years to be awarded to a member of the Oregon Law community. Last year, Oregon Law Professor Carrie Leonetti was awarded a 2011-12 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to research criminal law in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

To learn more about Tashea, view his video profile at law.uoregon.edu/students/videoprofiles/jason-tashea/.

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