Summer School - Refugee Law and Rights-Western Balkans in Focus, 13-23 August 2017, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Publish Date: Jun 30, 2017

Deadline: Jul 15, 2017

Event Dates: from Aug 13, 2017 06:23 to Aug 23, 2017 06:23

International Summer School: Refugee law and Rights-Western Balkans in focus

Centre for Interdisciplinary studies is proud to announce the open call for the International Summer School in Refugee Law and Rights 2017, offering comprehensive 10-days training and university certificates in refugee protection and rights, to be held from 13th-23rd of August in the Centre’s premises.


Based on previous success of CESI International Summer Schools in refugee protection (2012-2015), this year’s International Summer School in Refugee Law and Rights will once again offer both general training in refugee law and a specific case study analysis of the application of asylum rights in five countries of the region: Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia and Macedonia. The training offered in this school focuses on the procedures for assisting refugee asylum claims, including practices of taking testimonies, finding COI information and documenting families. Principal aim is to advance the skills for protecting asylum seekers and to help exchange and build expert and cooperation networks in responding to the current challenges of access to international refugee protection in the countries of the Western Balkans.



   I GENERAL PART: Refugee Convention 1951/1967 Protocol and EU Asylum Law

  1. Steve Valdez-Symonds, Refugee and migrant rights programme director, Amnesty International UK
  2. Nedim Kulenović, lawyer, European Court of Human Rights, Belgium, BiH
  3. Dr. Selma Porobić,  Researcher, BiH
  4. Dr. Barbara Harrell-Bond, OBE, Emerata Professor and Associate, UK

    II  COUNTRY-SPECIFIC PART: Access to asylum in Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia and Macedonia

  1. Radostina Pavlova, Legal Expert and Advocacy Officer at the Center for Legal Aid  – Voice in Bulgaria (CLA), Bulgaria
  2. Ljiljana Kokotović, Associate Protection Officer UNHCR, Bosnia and Hercegovina
  3. Viktor Koska, PhD Candidate at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia
  4. Radoš Đurović, founder Asylum Protection Center- APC, Belgrade, Serbia
  5. Mersiha Smailović, human right lawyer and activist, General Secretary of Legis, Macedonia


The school is open to students and professionals from all academic disciplines and backgrounds. Our participants typically include staff from main refugee and humanitarian international organisations, regional and local refugee, human rights and humanitarian NGOs, government officials working on refugee protection, scholars and researchers working directly on forced migration issues as well as practicing lawyers, advocates, journalists and activists working on refugee protection and the human rights of forced migrants.

We invite you to conduct the registration by sending your short letter of interest and CV  to Dr. Selma Porobić, School Co-ordinator at and CIS at


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