Southeast Europe Legal Days held in Belgrade

Southeast Europe Legal Days (SEELD) held at Metropol Palace Hotel Belgrade, from May 27th to May 28th.

SEELD is unique event which gathered prominent legal experts from Southeast Europe during the two-day event in order to discuss and share relevant practise and knowledge.

During the two-day event law students, NGO activist and other visitors interesting in law and human rights had the opportunity to explore 40 different exhibition and to attend 6 different panel discussions.

One of the panels concerned the European Convention on Human Rights and its application. The panel “Implementation of European Convention on Human Rights and fair trial principle before national courts” was held on the first day of the event.

Panelists explained that the persistent work of lawyers affects the awareness of national judges on the principles of the European Convention on Human Rights (“the Convention”) and encourages the adoption of the Convention in judicial decisions. They emphasized the impact of the Convention on the harmonization of practices in countries with similar legal traditions and similar legal problems.

Panelists highlighted the increased number of rejected applications, as a growing problem in the European Court of Human Rights’ practice.

They also reminded participants of  famous European Court on human Rights’ cases, like the case of missing babies in Serbia “Zorica Jovanović v Serbia (application no. 21794/08)”, case Sejdić-Finci v Bosnia and Herzegovina (27996/06 and 34836/06) as well as the case concerning the old foreign currency savings Eličić v. Bosnia and Herzegovina (application No. 41183/02).

One of the topics was also the education of students and the introduction of the “Human Rights” course as a compulsory subject at law schools. In this context, Council of Europe representatives presented their HELP platform, which offers various online courses in the field of human rights, available to anyone interested in this field.

Panelists were:

  • Milan Antonijevic, Executive Director, Open Society Foundation
  • Tatjana Papic, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Union University
  • Elma Veledar-Arifagic, Attorney at Law and consultant of AIRE Centre
  • Nikola Kovacevic, Strategic Litigation Officer, Belgrade Centre for Human Rights
  • Maja Micić Lazović, Senior Project Officer, Department for National Implementation of Human Rights, Council of Europe

and moderator – Goran Miletić, Director for Europe, Civil Rights Defenders

You can find more about HELP platforms and online courses at the following link: