The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights together with the South East European Law School Network and the support of the Law Faculty of the University of Belgrade conducted a winter school on “Legal Protection against Discrimination in South-East Europe” from 22 to 26 January 2018. Lectures of eight different law faculties in South-East Europe (Skopje, Tirana, Zagreb, Zenica, Osijek, Belgrade, Niš and Štip) provided an overview about the concepts, forms, areas and grounds of discrimination defined at international and European level and from a comparative perspective of South-East European countries.
The five-day program offered insights into protection mechanisms against discrimination, procedural aspects of discrimination cases and possible remedies for persons affected by discrimination.
Students from law faculties in South-East Europe, as well as from Germany and Austria participated in the program. The students were very appreciative of the interactive methods applied ever day, which gave them the chance to continuously apply the knowledge gained during the week. Representatives of Serbian CSOs like the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights and Gayten as well as Brankica Janković, the Commissioner for Protection of Equality of the Republic of Serbia, shared their experiences in combating and preventing discrimination with the students of the winter school. On Thursday evening, Sabine Kroissenbrunner, Deputy Head of Mission at the Austrian Embassy Belgrade received the students, lecturers and organizers of the winter school.
Lecturers were eager to spark passion for the principles of equality and non-discrimination among the students and enjoyed the students’ presentations resulting from group work. The students appreciated the high quality presentations of the lecturers and peer-learning especially as students were affiliated with different law faculties in South-East Europe and specialized in different areas of law (like the lecturers). The Winter School supported the development of the participants to become ambassadors of equality as future judges, prosecutors, attorney and legal practitioners and raise awareness for issues of discrimination in a broad range of institutions and organizations.
The winter school was supported by German Cooperation/Deutsche Zusammenarbeit and implemented by GIZ.