The Europa-Institut is cooperating with SEELS (South East European Law School), an association of 13 Law Faculties in Mostar, Sarajevo, Zenica (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Belgrade, Nis, Kragujevac (Serbia), Zagreb, Rijeka, Osijek, Split (Croatia), Skopje (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), Tirana (Albania) and Podgorica (Montenegro), which was founded in 2011 with the support of the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) with the intention to foster cooperation between faculties in the region.
Since 2012, the Europa Institut has been increasingly involved in the area of the European Neighborhood Policy, focusing primarily on the South-East European region I Western Balkans and being financially supported through the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) from funds of the Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
The initiative aims to create a durable network of students, graduates and scientists from different universities in the region, as well as raise the qualification level of young scientists. In addition, teaching and research conditions in Southeastern European partner universities are to be sustainably improved and internationalized.
For this purpose, starting with 2012, students, doctoral candidates, academic staff and professors from Germany and Western Balkans are regularly meeting each other for joint projects, such as conferences, summer schools, workshops and publications.
SEE I EU Cluster of Excellence in European and International Law is supported by the DAAD and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and works together with various Faculties to achieve an excellent cooperation between teaching and research.
Research stays of up to 2 months are financed within the framework of GradUS Global from DAAD funds. Scholarship holders are given the opportunity to research in our library and the European Documentation Center: GradUS - The Graduate Program
The Europa-Institut maintains Erasmus+ partnerships with numerous partners and is thus able to attract students for study exchanges, as well as invite staff (administrative and academic) for training or teaching. For more information, please visit:
International Office: http://www.uni-saarland.de/international/profil/einrichtungen/io.html
Foreign Office of the Faculty of Law:
Within the framework of the program ‘University Dialogue with Countries of the Western Balkans’, sponsored by the DAAD and the Federal Foreign Office, the participating partners are developing a concept for ‘Reflecting ethnic heterogeneity and tolerance towards national minorities in legal education in Southeast Europe and Germany’. Especially in the legal realm, this topic is still underrecognized.
In addition to taking stock of the topic in the curricula of the individual Faculties, a summer school and a reader are envisaged to lay the foundation for further work in the field.
Together with the University of Montenegro and its partners – the University of Zagreb, the Regent’s University London, the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje, the University of Split, the University of Ljubljana, as well as the Center for Training in Judiciary and State Prosecution and the Judicial Council in Montenegro – the Europa Institut is engaged in the CABUFAL Capacity Building Project (Capacity Building of the Faculty of Law, University of Montenegro), financed by the European Union.
The goals of this project are a curriculum revision, support for the development of international cooperation, further qualification of the staff (faculty as well as non-academic staff), as well as the improvement of technical resources and the library. The Europa-Institut is particularly active in the area of continuing education in European and International law.
The Europa Institut constantly applies for and implements various projects with its numerous partners from Southeastern Europe. It seeks to establish, in particular, a stronger networking of the Jean Monnet activities of the individual Faculties. Joint research projects within the framework of Horizon 2020 and/or national support programs are also planned.
It was my great pleasure having the opportunity to spend a week at Europa-Institut in February 2017 as a participant of Erasmus+ mobility program for administrative staff on behalf of the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law. A row of meetings with people in charge for different parts of organizational system helped me understand better the functioning of things that could be applied in my everyday work, especially with regard to student mobility programs.
As a person in charge for Office for Master and Doctoral Studies at the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law, I will be able to share my experience with students, especially with PhD researchers who could enormously benefit from very well equipped library of Europa-Institut and connection to Europa-Institut staff as a whole.
I will gladly recommend programs of Europa-Institut to our students as well as to my colleagues from administrative staff, since there are chances to get more knowledge for many aspects of our work. Liljana Maric