DAAD Higher Education Dialogue with the countries of the Western Balkans 

Summer School "New Challenges for European Integration - Ukrainian War and its implications for the European Union and the Western Balkans"

The Summer School will take place at Faculty of Law, University of Split from 03 till 09 of September 2023 (03 and 09 a half-day programme is planned – on arrival day in the afternoon/ on departure day in the morning – the rest of these days is for arrival and departure). It will be organized within the framework of the project “New Challenges for European Integration - Ukrainian War and its implications for the European Union and the Western Balkans” of the SEELS network faculties and the Europa-Institut of Saarland University (Germany), financially supported by DAAD and Federal Foreign Office of Germany.

The summer school is aiming to introduce students and young academics to the new challenges for European Integration due to the Russo-Ukrainian War and its implications for the European Union and the Western Balkans. A special emphasis will be put on the EU accession process and the EU neighbourhood policy. The participants should be made more aware of the topic and enabled to recognise deficiencies and defuse situations through knowledge of the legal framework, and in particular to understand the complexity of the EU accession process. Moreover, interactive trainings and workshop sessions should foster the discussion among the participants. The program will be delivered in English with a selection of the following topics (preliminary list, changes will be possible): Russo-Ukrainian war, development, history and reasons; International Public Law in the times of war; Refugees from Ukraine in Europe; Fighting War Crimes with International Criminal Law; Reactions of the European Union – Supporting Ukraine, Sanctioning Russia; EU Enlargement Policy: Who´s next?; A new strategy for the EU Neighborhood Policy; NATO or European Union: Developing an European Security strategy; Mobility of people and goods: Food and worker markets; How to secure the energy supply; We waited longer: conditionality and fairness in the accession process; New models for European Integration.

Deadline for submission of applications is 2nd of July 2023 at 23:59 CET

All information with regard to the requirements, application process and scholarship can be found here or  here.

The application form can be found here.



Country Reports on Equality and Diversity in Higher Education as a result of the Round Table in Belgrade can be found here.



Dr. Mareike Fröhlich
Project Coordinator
Tel.: +49 (0)681/302-3653

New Project! ED4ELE - Equality and Diversity in European Legal Education 
East-West Dialogue: Higher Education Dialogue with Western Balkan Countries 2022

This summer, there will again be a so-called Higher Education Dialogue under the direction of Prof. Dr. Thomas Giegerich LL.M. (Co-Director of the Europa-Institut and Chair of European Law, International Law and Public Law) at the Europa-Institut of Saarland University. The project, titled "ED4ELE" (Equality and Diversity in European Legal Education), aims to identify similarities and differences in the legal and institutional fields of law studies in the partner countries in the project Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Northern Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia. The project is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funds from the German Foreign Office (AA) as part of the program "Higher Education Dialogue with the Countries of the Western Balkans", the funding amounts to almost 40,000 euros. The main goal of the project is to expand the existing networks between the Europa-Institut and the partner countries to include the topic of gender equality and diversity in legal education and, in particular, to involve young academics in the academic exchange.    

 Within the framework of the SEE|EU Cluster of Excellence in European and International Law, a Summer School on the topic of "Equality and Diversity" is planned, among other things, to facilitate cross-border exchange and networking among law faculties in the Western Balkans region and between German and foreign universities, students and young academics. The project thus contributes to the sustainable development of academic teaching and research as well as to the promotion of young academics. It contributes to the strengthening of civil society, the development of democracy and the reduction of ethnic conflicts in the target region. It not only enables academic exchange, but also the possibility of professional cooperation on current socio-political issues.  

The project also aims to promote equality and diversity in legal studies. This includes not only teaching itself, but also administrative procedures, student representation, and the overall study environment. Furthermore, equality and diversity should be guiding principles for cooperation between academics, especially in the context of junior academics.

The DAAD Higher Education Dialogue with the countries of the Western Balkans - former DAAD Academic Reconstruction - is a programme funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Foreign Office. This program is organized annually since 2013 by the Europa-Institut in cooperation with the South East European Law School Network (SEELS) and the partner faculties from Albania (Tirana), Bosnia and Herzegovina (Sarajevo and Zenica), Croatia (Osijek, Rijeka, Split, Zagreb), Northern Macedonia (Skopje) and Serbia (Belgrade and Nis).

The aim of the DAAD Higher Education Dialogue is to create a network of lawyers in the field of postgraduate teaching and research on various topics related to European and International law. Since the beginning of the cooperation various summer schools, workshops, training courses have taken place in Saarbrücken and the especially in partner countries.

  • 2020 Rule of law: Arbitration as an opportunity for peaceful  dispute settlement (Kroatien – Zagreb) aufgrund der Covid-19- Pandemie ONLINE
  • 2019 #FreeMedia4WesternBalkans (Kroatien – Split)
  • 2018 Access2Justice4All (Serbien – Belgrad)
  • 2017 Protection of Ethnic Minorities (Albanien – Durrës)
  • 2016 Challenges of Migration and Asylum – Legal Aspects (Nordmazedonien – Ohrid)
  • 2015 EU Open Markets (Kroatien – Zagreb & Split)
  • 2014 Essentials of European Law (Kroatien – Zagreb & Rijeka)
  • 2013 Summer Academy SEE Graduates EU Law Teaching & Research Academy (Saarbrücken)


Through the years, more than 150 students on their Master's or doctoral studies from Saarbrücken and the partner countries as well as many professors and experts from Germany, countries in South-East Europe and other countries worldwide have participated in these projects.

The Europa-Institut together with the South East European Law School Network and the partner faculties will continue to organize interesting and current projects in the future. The participants of these projects will be able to further deepen their knowledge in the fields of European and International law as well as build a network with colleagues from other countries.