The rule of law and particularly the quality of judiciary remain serious problems which hamper EU integration of the SEE countries. This is why the research project “Europeanization through the Rule of Law Reform” considers the problem of quality of judiciary in Serbia in order to empirically test the benchmarks of independence and efficiency based on the competence of the judiciary.
The CSEES, in cooperation with the Uni-ETC, has elaborated for the Subcommittee on Human Rights of the European Parliament a study on “Human Rights Mainstreaming in the EU Enlargement Process in the Western Balkans with a Special Focus on Minorities”. The study gives a general overview of international and regional minority rights instruments and of how the Western Balkan states have transformed them into national legislation. In three case studies on Croatia, Vojvodina/Serbia, and Kosovo the authors assess how these legal frameworks have been implemented in practice.
The project aims to construction of a framework for the comparative study of the political dynamics in contemporary Montenegro and Austria. To date, a considerable number of individual analyses of the cases in question have been published. At the same time, despite substantial similarities between them as regards recent historical experiences, quality comparative research is yet to be done.
Marko Kmezic participates as a Working Group member in a Project “Policy Dialogue in the Field of Social Sciences in Serbia” aimed at influencing necessary systemic changes in social science research in Serbia. Project is funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.
This RRPP policy dialogue initiative in Serbia has a twofold objective:
1. Improvement of scientific production quality in Serbian social sciences;
2. Securing that social science research is carried out and implemented for the country’s socio-economic development and welfare.
Under the auspices of the Regional Research Promotion Programme coordinated and operated by the Interfaculty Institute for Central and Eastern Europe at the University of Fribourg and funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation Marko Kmezic is realizing research project on Europeanization by rule of law implementation in the Western Balkans (WB). Strengthening of the rule of law and the accession to the European Union (EU) have been fraught with difficulties in the WB for over 20 years.
Under the direction of Professor Joseph Marko from the Centre for South Eastern European Studies of the Karl-Franzens-University of Graz, an interdisciplinary, multinational project team will initially study the national legal framework for the protection of national minorities in the countries involved and analyse which influence European institutions had and still have on this framework. This review of the legal situation is necessary in order to be able to study in the main part of the project the actual implementation of these legal regulations in selected key areas.
The “Pre-study for the training for civil servants from Serbia” funded by the Future Fund of the State Government of Styria aimed to establish a needs analysis and to develop a curriculum for the training based on specific needs of the target groups. The project partners were the Styrian Academy of Administration as well as partners from Serbia.
The expert database contains data about the experts in fields of law, economy and politics from as well as concerning the South-East European countries. The database includes 900 persons and it is being continuously expanded. In order to enable its use in specific projects, the database also contains the data on the experts themselves, such as their language knowledge or their specific fields of expertise.
The conference "The ICTY and Human Rights: Towards a Fair Trial inInternational Criminal Procedure?" was organized by the Competence Centre in co-operation with the European Forum Alpbach and the Herbert Batliner Europainstitut on March 29-30, 2007 in Graz (Austria). The conference took place under the auspices of Dr. Erhard Busek, a special co-ordinator of the Stability Pact.
The project “Human and Minority Rights in the Life Cycle of Ethnic Conflicts” (MIRICO) is a collaborative research effort which will analyze the status that human and minority rights did and do have in all phases of ethnic conflicts.