SEELS aims to further harmonise curricula across the SEE region and to organise and offer additional postgraduate and doctoral courses as well as summer schools. At the same time SEELS also supports the exchange of lecturers and students among the participating law schools and invites leading international academics and practitioners to South Eastern Europe. Besides, SEELS designs programmes of executive training for different legal professions.
SEE | EU Law Net: Graduates4Academia Summer School "Challenges of Migration and Asylum - Legal Aspects
The Summer School “Challenges of Migration and Asylum – Legal Aspects” took place from the 09th to 17th of September 2016 in Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia. It was attended by 25 students coming from SEELS’ member and Europa-Institute, Saarland University. They had an opportunity to get deeper knowledge of the issues related to Migration and Asylum. The lectures came from the SEELS member faculties namely 8 professors from the SEE region. In addition to the theoretical part the students were able to get acquainted to the work of the practitioners which are also dealing with the issues of Мigration and Аsylum on the field. The presence of the representatives from UNHCR Macedonia, the office of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Skopje, Association of Young Lawyers, NGO Legis and Helsinki Committee from Skopje gave an excellent opportunity for debate and exchange of thoughts and experiences which was welcomed by the students and practitioners alike.
SEE | EU Cluster of Excellence in EU and International Law
SEE | EU Cluster of Excellence in EU and International Law is a 4 year project (2015 – 2018) which is being implemented in partnership by Europa-Institut and SEELS network, and is financed by DAAD. With an overall budget of 800.000.00 EUR, it will include series of different activities which will mainly be focusing on educational measures in European and International Law but will also include additional variety of accompanying activities.
The main goal of the project will be promotion of outstanding capabilities in the area of research and teaching, wit the thematic focus on the challenges and opportunities of European integration in the wider sense, including International Law elements, and the accession perspective of countries in the neighbourhood of the EU. It envisages the creation and launch of set of eLearning modules, establishment of a graduate school, organization of set of summer schools with participation of both students and lecturers of SEE region and Germany, capacity building and strengthening through series of trainings for the faculties librarians, research stays for Ph.D. candidates from the SEE region and professors from the region to Saarland University and Europa-Institut, series of lectures on SEE region for the German students and professors, establishment and creation of model curriculum, research projects, production of series of relevant publications, exchange od experience and knowledge as well as enhancement of cross border local and regional cooperation.
The cluster of excellence aims to develop common structures and to increasingly coordinate the research and teaching of European and International Law, including the development of common strategies on cross border regional and local cooperation and on the EU Neighborhood Policy in general.
In short it strives towards:
Establishment of a network of excellence in EU and International Law
Formation of joint structures
Development of expertise in the area of EU Neighborhood Policy
Coordination of teaching and research between South Eastern Europe and Germany,
The cross border cooperation network within this project consists of:
Europa Institut | Saarland University
South East European Law School Network (SEELS)
University of Belgrade, Faculty of Law
University of Montenegro, Faculty of Law (Podgorica)
University of Sarajevo, Faculty of Law
Ss. Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje, Faculty of Law
University of Tirana, Faculty of Law
University of Zagreb, Faculty of Law
SEE | EU Law Net EU Opens Markets Summer School 2015 (Zagreb/Split)
EU Opens Markets summer school was created with one general specific goal in mind to create a sustainable strong network of young lawyers from the SEE region which will have broadened its knowledge on EU law, more specifically on the EU open markets, upon the completion of the event. It was not the sole goal of the project, as the series of steps were envisaged to lead to the completion of the same, but after the completion of the summer school it can be concluded that this goal was fully met.
This summer school is third in a raw of the similar events that were implemented by SEELS network and Europa Institut, with the financial support of the DAAD. As in the years before the summer school had a strong cross border component as the lecturers and participants from all SEELS member faculties and Germany took part in it. In addition the whole preparation phase was marked by cross border regional and international collaboration as the project was prepared by SEELS and EI together. The summer school itself was focusing on both strengthening the theoretical and practical knowledge of the students, thus each lecture was accompanied by the practical case study work. In addition, the students were preparing during the whole 2 weeks of the summer school a Moot Court simulation which had also closed the event, and was an additional activity that helped strengthen their knowledge and practical skills.
Finally the project included creation and launch of the Internship Pool on the SEELS website, which included mapping of the regional opportunities for internship, gathering of the active calls for internship in the region, preparation of the sub-page where these information will be placed, launch and promotion of the web page, and regular update with new information related to the internship. The sub-page was launched successfully in early September 2015, in Zagreb and is being active and developing ever since. We believe that this will help promote the pro-active approach among the young scholars of legal background who will search for the opportunities for obtaining the valuable practical knowledge actively themselves, rather than waiting for the opportunity to rise.
This project, as was is the case with the previous ones, has a strong educational and networking component which establishes ties on several levels. First and most obvious is the network that is established between young scholars, second is the one between the lecturers themselves, a third one can be the one consisted of ties that are being established between the younger and older lecturers, and finally the ties that are strengthened between the SEELS network and EI as implementing partners for 3 years.
2nd Franco-German Summer University ‘"Accession to the European Union and Identity of Balkans’, 09/2015 – 11/2015
This ‘mobile’ Summer School is currently implemented in collaboration with the University of Paris-Ouest Nanterre La Défense (France) and the Westfälische Wilhems-Universität Münster (Germany). Funded by the Franco-German University, the French Ministry of Higher Education and Science and the Franco-German Youth Office, this year’s summer schools are taking place at the SEELS member faculties in Skopje, Tirana and Podgorica. This series of summer schools which brings together a great number of scholars and students focuses on legal questions related to the European Integration Process in the Western Balkans. The French and German Embassies in the mentioned countries showed their commitment to this unique project by realising a joint declaration of support.
EE-EU LAW Net: Network of Academics in European Law between South Eastern Europe and Germany, Zagreb and Rijeka – Croatia, 09/2014
This project, as continuation of SEE Graduates EU Law Teaching and Research Academy implemented in 2013, provided for further networking of students and academics between SEE region and Germany in broadening legal education and research in EU Law. The programme offered new prospects for participants for learning and researching EU Law on one side and joint developed and implemented programme by regional and international lecturers in law on the other. It was designed for students and young academics, selected by open call. The curriculum of the Summer Academy “Essentials of EU Law” covered the most recent developments in key domains of the EU’s institutional reform process post-Lisbon and the EU Law. The curriculum was designed and delivered by lecturers from the Saarland University and the SEELS members, including the participants of the SEE Graduates EU Law Teaching and Research Academy. The Summer School was held at the Faculty of Law in Zagreb and the faculty of Law in Rijeka in September 2013.
SEE-EU LAW Net: SEE Graduates EU Law Teaching and Research Academy, Saarbrücken – Germany, 07/2013
The project aimed at development of Summer Academy for junior teaching and research staff. Its goal was to provide in depth theoretical and practical knowledge of the EU Law Post-Lisbon in different fields of the EU Law for PhD Students from the SEELS members and from EU countries. The curriculum was developed and delivered by professors form SEELS and professors from Saarland University. The Summer Academy was organized and held in July 2013 at the Saarland University in Saarbrucken, Germany. The project was implemented by Europa Institut and the SEELS Network. Upon the completion of the Summer Academy the participants also developed and published research papers in a collection that can be downloaded here.
Training for MA Students on the Harmonization of SEE States’ Legislation with EU Law, Durres – Albania, 09/2012
The training was specifically tailored for the needs of MA students in related fields of the EU integration as the need for strengthening the knowledge of EU legislation and the mechanisms of the harmonization of national legislation to the EU was noted. It aimed to provide substantive knowledge of the process and mechanisms of the development of the national legislations and to approximate them to the standards in different fields (chapters) of the EU Acquis. The training was held in Durres, Albania in September 2012.
Training for MA Students and PhD Candidates “Rule of Law, Human Rights and the European Union”, Bečiči – Montenegro, 06/2012
The project was the first summer academy that was organized within the Network. It provided a forum for discussion on the core issues of the Rule of Law and Human Rights within the EU and in light of the EU integration of the SEE Countries. The Academy focused on increasing the knowledge of the MA and PhD students in the key fields, but also provided mode for networking of the professors. Participating to the academy were scholars from all than members of SEELS network. The Academy took place in Bečiči, Montenegro in June 2012. As direct output of this summer academy a publication of academic papers produced by the participants was published.
Project Development and Management Training “EU project management in the framework of EU higher Education programs”, Mavrovo - Macedonia, 11/2011
The training aimed to provide advanced knowledge of the process of project development for applications for EU funds in the field of higher education for the SEELS contact points at the members. The project was implemented in the early stages of the creation of the network of SEELS in November 2011 and was delivered by an international expert in projects development and fundraising. It targeted administrative and project development staff from all members of the Network at the time. This event not only provided increase of the understanding of the project development processes, but also contributed to the staff networking and creation of liaisons that will support the future project development processes.