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CEI Cooperation Fund: Straniak Academy for Democracy and Human Rights in Montenegro

The third Straniak Academy for Democracy and Human Rights held in Ulcinj, Montenegro on 6-19 September, gathered thirty-five students from the Western Balkans, Austria and other states. Professors and experts from Austria and the Western Balkans held lectures on democracy, the rule of law and human rights.

During the first week the lectures offered an overview about the United Nations, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Council of Europe and the European Union. The second week focused on selected human rights issues and topics such as independence and impartiality of the judiciary, freedom of expression, economy and human rights, corporate social responsibility, data protection, women’s and children’s rights, principles of equality and non-discrimination, social rights etc.

Prominent lecturers and practitioners such as Wolfgang Petritsch, professors of the Universities of Belgrade and Ljubljana and activists and representatives of civil society gave an insight into the realities and developments of Western Balkan societies.

After the two-week course, the students took an exam and the gained certificate can be used to get ECTS / credits, according to the rules and procedures of their respective Faculties/Universities.

The Academy was organised by the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights in Vienna in cooperation with the Faculties of Social Sciences and Law of the University of Vienna, and the Faculties of Law and Political Science of the University in Montenegro.

This event was co-financed by the CEI Cooperation Fund

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