In presence of over 80 representatives of state bodies, judiciary and legal education institutions, Regional Conference "Legal Protection Against Discrimination in South East Europe" is taking place on 28th – 29th June in Budva, Montenegro. The Conference aim is to present the results from the regional project "Legal protection against discrimination in South East Europe" under implementation for the period October 2015 to August 2016.
At the Conference benefits of the regional cooperation to improve and strengthen legal protection and enforcement against discrimination and the advancement of legal education and training in anti-discrimination between the SEE countries and the international community will be discussed. Successful examples of effective legal protection mechanisms, appropriate educational and training modules and relevant target groups should be discussed and conceptualized during the working group sessions at the Regional Conference. The recommendations and agreements from the group sessions will serve as basis for developing additional measures to strengthen the capacity for both (1) the employees of the judiciary, public bodies and authorities as well as for (2) the judicial training institutions and law faculties dealing with anti-discrimination issues.
The Regional Project gathers as key partners the public law faculties represented through the South East European Law School Network (SEELS), the state anti-discrimination authorities from SEE countries and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Human Rights (BIM) from Vienna. The overall objective of the project is to improve the methodological capacities of relevant stakeholders to act against discrimination in SEE. The results expected to be achieved with the project are to: 1. Enable the state authorities from SEE countries dealing with anti-discrimination to improve the enforcement of the protection against discrimination in their institutions; and 2. Legal training institutions and law faculties from SEE countries to be able to improve the quality of education on anti-discrimination anchored in legal training. Regional legal experts and legal practitioners from SEE countries and international experts from the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Human Rights carried out comprehensive regional analysis of anti-discrimination in various fields aiming to uncover deficiencies in the procedure of legal protection and to identify common solutions.
The results of the regional research and identified solutions will be published by the Centre for SEELS in beginning of September 2016.
The project is supported by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Open Regional Fund for South East Europe-Legal Reform.