“Education4Progress: Regional Cooperation to Improve EU Law Teaching”, 05/2018 – 02/2019
SEELS is grateful to announce that it was granted funding by the first call for proposal of the Western Balkans Fund. Fitting in the call’s thematic area Education and Scientific the projects central activity will be a regional conference related to EU Law teaching in Niš, Serbia later this year. The Regional Conference “EU Law Teaching in Western Balkans” will serve as a platform for exchange of information related to the models of EU Law teaching. The participating scholars from Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Albania and Macedonia will have the opportunity to learn more about the teaching models across the SEELS Network with the ultimate goal to ensure high standards and increased harmonisation across the region. In the process of implementation of the project, SEELS will implement various measures and activities, among which:
- Formation of an Organizing Committee: The Organizing Committee will be composed of the Centre for SEELS (two members) and one member from each Faculty that will host an event. Its task is to logistically prepare the events.
- Formation of an Academic Committee: The Academic Committee will be consisted of four members, one per each SEELS’ member from Croatia. Its task will be to prepare a survey prior to the Conference, to draft the Regional Conference agenda and to moderate the discussion, as well as to draft the Conference Proceedings.
- Survey on the models of EU Law teaching: In order to make the discussion during the Regional Conference more productive, we envisaged a survey to take place prior to it. It will be prepared by the Academic Committee and answered by the participating professors from the other SEELS members (individually). The questions in the survey will be focused on the models of EU Law teaching.
- Conference Proceedings:The Regional Conference (the central activity) will result with Conference Proceedings, where the crucial points and conclusions will be emphasized.
- Promotional Days: The Promotional Days will be the last activity. They will take place in Belgrade, Tirana, Skopje and Sarajevo and will serve for promotion of the Project and the Conference Proceedings. They will be attended by all interested professors and students, while the moderation will be taken care of by the respective professors who attended the Regional Conference."
SEE | EU Cluster of Excellence in EU and International Law, 01/2015 - 12/2018 (UPDATE: PROJECT EXTENSION UNTILL 2020!)
SEE | EU Cluster of Excellence in EU and International Law is implemented in partnership by Europa-Institut and SEELS network. The project is supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
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.
The Cluster of Excellence will implement various measures and activities with the aspiration to achieve the following goals:
- 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
For detailed information about previous, current and planned activities within the Cluster of Excellence we advise you to check out its webpage.
“Access2Justice4All: Clinical Legal Education - Supporting the Access to Justice in South East Europe”, 02/2018 – 12/2018
Funded by DAAD, the project’s overall objective is to strengthen the rule of law in South East Europe by facilitating access to justice for the vulnerable groups, through enhanced cross-regional cooperation and capacity building in Clinic Legal Education (CLE). In other terms, the project’s goal is to foster the collaboration among the legal clinics in the different participant institutions. In the upcoming period the following activities are to be undertaken:
Creation of an Academic Committee - Preparatory Meeting
The Academic Committee’s central task will be to prepare and run a status analysis on CLE mong the participating faculties to get an overall and comprehensive picture of CLE in in South East Europe and Germany.
Experts Round Table
The Expert Round Table will be conducted in a combination of plenary and working sessions. Based on the status analysis, findings and evolving patterns from its synthesis, the participants will be encouraged to jointly elaborate in a group work session minimum standards and good practices for CLE in South East Europe. This is followed by a second working session in which an action plan based on recommendations for further intraregional cooperation and exchange of knowledge will be developed.
Intensive training for multipliers – Professors
At the partner faculties many professors are interested to set up a legal clinic. The training will teach interested professors on various issues concerning clinical legal education ranging from organizational matters, managerial aspects to legal ethics and interviewing techniques.
Intensive training for multipliers - Students
Law Clinics provide free legal services to vulnerable groups and give law students insight into the real-life practice of law. Typically, law clinics are supervised by an experienced professor but administered by student volunteers. Both students providing legal advice and those in charge of managerial tasks (very often the same persons) are in constant demand of professional skills that are not at all or are only to a limited extent, part of their regular legal education. Especially in the countries of the Western Balkans, often related to scarce financial resources, the development of practical skills is often overlooked by law students, as well as professors.
For this reason, the project will offer an intense regional training for students of several days’ duration. The participants will function as multipliers by passing on acquired skills to other students at their respective home faculties. The training, which will be partially run by staff members of the participating faculties as well as external professional trainers, will consist of a mixture of theory and practical exercises. Moreover, it is planned to invite a variety of practicing attorneys, civil society activists and criminal defense experts- to conduct some of the training sessions.