Program 2020

Information about the webinars


Wednesday, September 2 2020, 16:00-17:00 GMT +3 (CLICK HERE TO SEE EVENT TIME IN YOUR TIME ZONE)

Prof. Dr. Stefan Oeter,

University of Hamburg

 Democratic Governance in International Law – Perils and Pitfalls

Wednesday, September 2, 2020, 18:00-19:00 GMT +3 (CLICK HERE TO SEE EVENT TIME IN YOUR TIME ZONE)

Prof. Dr. Jan Erk,

University of West Cape & University of Pretoria

Different Paths to Empowering (Indigenous) African Constitutionalism: The Promises, Pitfalls, Complications, and Consequences

<<We cover a pressing issue in non-Western comparative constitutionalism: How the presence of traditional systems of law and governance might contribute to the consolidation of constitutionalism. To address this big question, the webinar picks cases from Sub-Saharan Africa representing different ways of giving voice to African indigenous constitutional orders and goes in-depth to examine political consequences of these different paths. How have traditional forms of law and governance fared under different constitutional arrangements ranging from parallel co-existence with modern law to incorporation into a single national hierarchy, from non-recognition to partial recognition subsumed under the supremacy of national laws?>>

Wednesday, September 2, 2020, 19:00-20:00 GMT +3 (CLICK HERE TO SEE EVENT TIME IN YOUR TIME ZONE)

Asst. Prof. Dr. Damir Banović,

University of Sarajevo

Constitutional System, Principles and Reform in the Post-Conflict State. The Case of Bosnia and Herzegovina

<<Some authors observe the federalism of Bosnia and Herzegovina as a form of internationally agreed federal system that is an integral part of a peace plan which is unique for Bosnia and Herzegovina and that, therefore, Bosnia and Herzegovina represents a new model of federalism. In my webinar, I will focus my attention to (a) a federal form of government and (b) political form of consociational democracy formally introduced in the Constitution of 1995 and the subsequent development influenced by the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina, agreements between the federal units and external factors. The Bosnian constitutional system and its development is an interesting example which combines (1) peace agreement; (2) political processes; (3) external factors (international community) and (4) legal institutions (The Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina)>>

Wednesday, September 2, 2020, 20:00-21:00 GMT +3 (CLICK HERE TO SEE EVENT TIME IN YOUR TIME ZONE)

Asst. Prof. Dr. Mustafa Erçakıca,

Beykent University

The Ending of the Conflict Period and Transitional Justice System in Colombia

<<By the year 2002, the armed forces of Colombia started military operations all over the country and started to use their sovereignty in the parts of the country that they never did before. Consequently, the armed conflict between the armed forces of the state and the FARC-EP has ended. By making an important peace agreement between the combating parties, the post-conflict period in Colombia was started. Also, under the conditions stipulated by the ‘Law on Justice and Peace’, disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of the former combatants were ensured.>>

Thursday, September 3, 2020, 13:00-14:00 GMT +3 (CLICK HERE TO SEE EVENT TIME IN YOUR TIME ZONE)

Asst. Prof. Dr. Aydin Atilgan,

Bahçeşehir Cyprus University

De-facto Statehood as a Response to Post-Conflict Situations

<<De-facto states reflect profound ambiguity in terms of the definition of statehood. De-facto statehood appears as a political concept, as normative sources of the international legal order do not ostracize de-facto states at all. Such uncertainty in their legal status is a major reason of the permanence of “weak public” in these areas. This webinar will focus into the legal status of de-facto states in the international legal order and relevant issues. It will deal with this problem with regard to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus particularly, in a comparative perspective.>>

Thursday, September 3, 2020, 14:00-15:00 GMT +3 (CLICK HERE TO SEE EVENT TIME IN YOUR TIME ZONE)

Prof. Dr. Besfort Rrecaj,

University of Prishtina “Hasan Prishtina”

Normalisation of Relations between Kosovo and Serbia as a Key Element to Pacify the Balkans

<<The webinar will discuss legal and politicial issues regarding state building in Kosovo with respect to its internal and intenrational standing. Questions relate to the existence of state, international recognition, internal cohesion and dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia>>

Thursday, September 3, 2020, 16:00-17:00 GMT +3 (CLICK HERE TO SEE EVENT TIME IN YOUR TIME ZONE)

Asst. Prof. Dr. Cemaliye Beysoylu,


Issues of Sovereignty and Legitimacy in De facto States: The cases of North Cyprus and Kosovo

<<This presentation examines the interplay between the issues of non-recognition, sovereignty and legitimacy in de facto states. More specifically, it scrutinises elite strategies and narratives of sustaining legitimacy and statehood under the challenges rising from external isolation, international and regional politics and parent-patron pressure in two case studies; Kosovo and North Cyprus.>>

Thursday, September 3, 2020, 17:00-18:00 GMT +3 (CLICK HERE TO SEE EVENT TIME IN YOUR TIME ZONE)

Adnan Kadribasic,

Association Pravnik Sarajevo

Power Sharing Mechanisms in Bosnia and Herzegovina: What Lessons for Other Post-Conflict Societies?

<<This webinar explores different power-sharing mechanisms which are result of peace-negotiations from the perspective of human rights. The webinar starts with a short introduction to the concept of political equality, explores different mechanisms which can be employed to achieve political equality to draw lessons from the power-sharing mechanisms in Bosnia and Herzegovina for other post-conflict society. The discussion topic for the webinar is to explore if Bosnia and Herzegovina is a fail democracy.>>

Thursday, September 3, 2020, 18:00-19:00 GMT +3 (CLICK HERE TO SEE EVENT TIME IN YOUR TIME ZONE)

Dr. Felix Petersen,

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Political Conflict and Constitution-Making in Weimar Germany, 1918-1933

<<This webinar focuses on political conflict and its consequences for constitution making. My lecture draws on a historical case study, the Weimar Republic (1918-1933). It elaborates the question to what extent the successful drafting of a progressive, democratic constitution concealed the deep disagreements dividing German society in the interwar period. We will look at the assembly debates to understand the conflicts that the constitution was meant to resolve. In addition, we will look at individual conflictive events between 1918-1933 to understand why the constitution was unable to resolve conflicts in the long-term.>>

Friday, September 4, 2020, 13:00-14:00 GMT +3 (CLICK HERE TO SEE EVENT TIME IN YOUR TIME ZONE)

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Amina Nikolajev,

University of Sarajevo

Environment in Post-Conflict Societies – Case of Bosnia and Herzegovina

<<The environment is usually not the most important issue facing post-conflict societies. Most often, the priorities are focused on socio-economic recovery, political stability and reconstruction. However, the conflicts leave serious consequences to the environment and over time, environmental challenges increase and require a different approach. Complex constitutional system in Bosnia and Herzegovina introduced different levels of decision-making that cause the defragmentation of the legal system. Poor institutional capacities and weakness of administration are not capable to handle unsustainable environmental degradation which leads to many deviations.>>

Friday, September 4, 2020, 14:00-15:00 GMT +3 (CLICK HERE TO SEE EVENT TIME IN YOUR TIME ZONE)

Güley Bor,


Reparations for Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

<<Feminist critiques of the gendered nature of international law encouraged a focus on sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in both accountability efforts and in reparation programs in transitional or post-conflict societies. This webinar will provide an overview of reparations for SGBV and discuss considerations for gender-sensitive reparations by also examining, from a gendered perspective, the reparation programs in Timor Leste and Iraq. We will further explore what role reparations can play for gender justice by transforming inequalities and violence that pre-date the violations.>>

Friday, September 4, 2020, 16:00-17:00 GMT +3 (CLICK HERE TO SEE EVENT TIME IN YOUR TIME ZONE)

Soohyun Lee,

Lund University

Investment Liberalization as a Post-Conflict Development Strategy in Korea

<<This webinar explores the way that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) channelled inflows of foreign direct investment through laws and policies following the Korean War through controlled liberalization and the consequences of the rapid installation of a liberalization-privatization-formalization regimes in the Republic of Korea (South Korea) in the form of investor-State dispute settlement that now challenges the country.>>

Friday, September 4, 2020, 17:00-18:00 GMT +3 (CLICK HERE TO SEE EVENT TIME IN YOUR TIME ZONE)

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Soeren Keil,

Canterbury Christ Church University

Federalism as a Tool of Conflict Resolution

<<This webinar will assess the use of federalism as a tool of conflict resolution. It will start with a general introduction on federalism and its use in different conflicts, before several examples will be discussed, including Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iraq, Cyprus and Syria.>>

Friday, September 4, 2020, 18:00-19:00 GMT +3 (CLICK HERE TO SEE EVENT TIME IN YOUR TIME ZONE)

Prof. Dr. Mark Meirowitz,

State University of New York Maritime College

The Impact of COVID-19 on Post-Conflict Societies: Challenges and Future Prospects

<<I will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on post-conflict societies, which, already facing unique and pressing challenges, have now been forced to deal with COVID-19 and its implications. How has COVID-19 shaped the future development of these societies and what are the prospects for the future?>>

Roundtable Discussion

“Victimization and Empathy in Post-conflict/transitional Societies” 

Moderator: Emmanuel Achiri (Eastern Mediterranean University & VOIS)

Thursday, September 3 at 20:00 (GMT +3).

Program 2019:

Prof. Dr. Ebrahim Afsah (University of Vienna): Judiciaries in Times of Transition
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Soeren Keil (Canterbury Christ Church University):
Federalism and Conflict Resolution & New Federal Models: Bosnia, Myanmar, Syria
Prof. Dr. Ozan Erözden (MEF University): Introduction to Transitional Justice
Prof. Dr. Jan Erk (University of West Cape): Lessons from Africa’s Past for Federalism’s Future
Prof. Dr. Enver Hasani (University of Prishtina & Former President of Kosovan Constitutional Court): Constitutional System of Kosovo from a Transitional and Comparative Perspective & State Succession in the Context of Former Yugoslavia and the Place of Kosovo in it
Asst. Prof. Dr. Aydin Atilgan (Bahcesehir Cyprus University): State Building in Post-Conflict Societies
Asst. Prof. Dr. Midhat Izmirlija (University of Sarajevo): Transitional Justice in Post-Conflict Societies – Case of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Adnan Kadribasic (Pravnik Association Sarajevo): Political Equality in BiH –20 years afters Constitutional Peoples Decision and 10 years after Sejdic and Finci
Ergun Olgun (Former Chief Negotiator of TRNC): Cyprus – Between Virtual Conflict and Transition

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