From 20th to 22nd November 2019 the first Eastern Partnership Networking Forum in Legal Education took place in Tbilisi, Georgia. The network meeting of 21 partners from the countries of the Eastern Partnership (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus) was funded by the Federal Foreign Office within the framework of the programme "Expansion of Cooperation with Civil Society in the Countries of the Eastern Partnership and Russia" and coordinated by the Europa-Institut of Saarland University. The idea was to work together across national borders in teaching and research, particularly in the field of European and international law. The meeting should provide the basis for the establishment of a joint, cross-border network of law faculties in this region.
During the three-day meeting, the 45 representatives of the law faculties, most of them law faculties, had the opportunity to get to know each other and to explore possibilities for cooperation. They all welcomed the possibility of the first exchange and unanimously agreed on the development of contacts and long-term cross-border cooperation. The aim was to internationalise legal teaching and research within the partner countries and to support the development of civil society structures.
As a first result, an online platform is to be implemented, which will primarily be used for the further exchange and deepening of cooperation among the 21 partners. This platform will also be used to share future projects and develop further joint ideas.
The Networking Forum was a first successful step towards a long-term international cooperation. The network which has been established during the meeting and which aims at strengthening the role of civil society can now be further expanded by welcoming further partners and strengthening teaching and research across national borders in the countries of the Eastern Partnership.
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