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Published on Feb 19, 2007
Documentary by Susanne Brandstätter Produktion: Aichholzer Film in coproduction with Envision Film
Can our concepts of justice and democracy simply be applied to other countries? Looking for something more adventurous than her life as a judge in Vienna, Claudia Fenz applies for a post at the UN. The organisation takes her on, and sends her to Prizren, a town in southern Kosovo, as part of the UNMIK mission for the democratic reconstruction of this Balkan region devastated by the 1999 war. Following the riots in March 2004, the Austrian judge takes on the trial of six Albanians accused of having stoned a Serb and his mother to death. The documentary Rule of Law: Justiz im Kosovo charts Claudia Fenz's attempts to work with the local council. The judge has to deal with the moral standards and traditional rules of this patriarchal society which are contrary to the «rule of law», decreed by the international organisation. Tirelessly seeking to familiarise herself with the local customs, Claudia Fenz attests to the tensions between the two ethnicities, whilst asking questions of the very meaning of justice itself.