International projects

Duration: 1 January 2024 – 31 December 2024

Coordinator: Saarland University, Europa Institute

Partners: South East European Law School (SEELS)

The purpose of the project is to ensure that legal education meets the challenges and opportunities arising from the changing EU enlargement policy towards the countries of the Western Balkans.

Project is funded by German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Duration: 1 February 2024 – 31 January 2026

Project coordinator: Universita degli Studi di Genova

Project partners: Faculty of Law Osijek, Universitat de Barcelona, Universiteit Antwerpen, Uniwersytet Jagiellonski and Sofia University St Kliment Ohridski

Project value: 360.786,00 EUR

The UniPAR project aims at improving the effective and coherent application of the EU Acquis by (1) identifying parenthood issues arising in connection to existing EU secondary law, also analyzing the possible impact of the Parenthood Regulation at the EU level; (2) analysing how parenthood is dealt with in the (PIL) domestic law in six jurisdictions, also on the basis of sample cases; (3) discusing the issues with stakeholders, through a dedicated international workshop in Brussels and six national seminars; (4) developing Conclusions and Recommendations. The Final Conclusions and Recommendations will be presented at an International Final Conference and published in an Open Access book.

Project is funded by European Union (Justice Programme).

Duration: 1 November 2023 – 31 October 2026

Project leader: Faculty of Law Osijek

Project value: 26.000,00 EUR


To help create a supportive environment and enhance capacities of children at risk of poverty, this project builds new and deepens the existing competences of students and professionals that work with children and enables their better professional growth, increases their employability, and provides expertise needed on the labour market.

Project is funded by European Union, Erasmus+ Programe 2021-2027.

Duration: 1 November 2023 – 31 October 2026

Project leader: Faculty of Law Osijek

Project value: 22.000,00 EUR

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The Jean Monnet Module ‘’European Union and Gender Equality’’ responds to known challenges associated with building an inclusive and gender equal European society by providing law-oriented teaching and research in order to improve young peoples’ sense of inclusion and openness, and to raise awareness of young people and general public of an understanding of the European Union context, notably as regards the common EU values, with the emphasis on gender equality and diversity.

Project is funded by European Union, Erasmus+ Programe 2021-2027.

Duration: 1 January 2023 – 31 December 2023

Coordinator: Saarland University, Europa Institute

Partners: South East European Law School (SEELS)

The project is aiming to analyze the new challenges for European Integration due to the Russo-Ukrainian war and the implications for the European Union and the countries of the Western Balkans. It will put special emphasis on the EU accession process and the EU neighborhood policy.

Project is funded by German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Duration: 1 March 2022 – 29 February 2024

Project leader: University of Aberdeen, UK

Project partners: Faculty of Law Osijek and University of Antwerp

Associated partners: Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan, Law Institute of the Lithuanian Centre for Social Science, Lithuania, University College Dublin, Ireland

Website: Protection of international families with links to the European Union post-Brexit: Collaborative Scotland-EU partnership | School of Law | The University of Aberdeen (

The project seeks to enhance collaboration between Scotland and EU Member States in protecting international families in the wake of Brexit; identify good practices in applying the Hague Family Law Conventions; and make recommendations to legal practitioners, judges, Central Authorities and national legislators.

Project is funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Duration: 1 January 2022 – 31 December 2022

Coordinators: Faculty of Law Osijek and Institute for European Studies (IES) from Belgrade, Serbia

Project value for PRAVOS: 7.500,00 EUR

Purpose of the project is to strengthen regional and European dialogue and to create a platform for the exchange of knowledge, views and experiences on legal aspects of environmental protection and sustainable economy in the Republic of Croatia and the Republic of Serbia.

Project is funded by Hanss – Seidel – Stiftung.

About the project: Project info.pdf

Duration: 1 February 2022 – 31 January 2025

Coordinator: J. J. Strossmayera University of Osijeku Faculty of Law Osijek

Project value: 98.872,00 EUR


Purpose of the Project is to establish south and east European center of excellence for the EU Competition and State aid law and thus to create a missing links between academic institutions from east Europe and beyond. This center would be a regional center and focal point for academic research, teaching, debate and reflection in the field of EU Competition and State aid Law.

Project is funded by the European Union through Erasmus+ programme.


Duration: 1 January 2022 – 31 December 2022

Coordinator: Saarland University, Europa Institut

Partners: South East European Law School (SEELS), Iustinianus Primus Faculty of Law from North Macedonia, faculties of law from Belgrade, Montenegro, Nis, Osijek, Rijeka, Zagreb, Split, Sarajevo, Tirana, Zenica, Ljubljana and organizations of civil society: Civil Rights Defender (Belgrade) i Coalition for Sexsual and Health Rights of marginalised Communities (Skopje, North Macedonia).

The project focuses on a regional level by identifying commonalities and differences in the legal and institutional framework and in the actual institutional set-up of the project countries, on pinpointing common gaps and challenges for an effective promotion of an equal treatment and diversity as well as good practice examples promoting access to justice.

Duration: 1 September 2021 – 31 March 2023

Coordinator: J. J. Strossmayera University of Osijeku Faculty of Law Osijek

Partners: The University Court of the University of Aberdeen (United Kingdom), Universita degli Studi di Milano (Italy) and University of Zagreb University Computing Centre SRCE (Croatia)

Project value: 286.283,00 EUR


DIGinLaw project is run by a consortium of higher education institutions aware how strongly digitalization affects the society, science and transfer of knowledge. While taking advantage of modern technologies at low environmental costs, DIGinLaw raises awareness of digital demands in HE in law and fosters the creation of digital literacy and digital competence that is needed in the law labour market, thereby fostering free circulation of highly educated workers; and creating open and inclusive society of legal knowledge and open access to scientific area dealing with effects of digitalization on law and legal education. Project is funded by the European Union through Erasmus+ programme.

Duration: 1 September 2020 – 31 August 2023

Lead beneficiary: Universidad des Saarlandes, Saarbrucken, Gemany

Partners: University of Belgrade, Faculty of Law (Serbia), University of Zagreb, Faculty of Law (Croatia), Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Iustinianus Primus Faculty of Law (North Macedonia), University of Cadiz, Faculty of Law (Spain), Mykolas Romeris University in Vilnius, Faculty of Law (Lithuania), University of Groningen, Campus Fryslân (Netherlands), Regent’s University London (United Kingdom) and the South Eastern European Law School Network, SEELS (North Macedonia).

Associated partner: The European Network for Clinical Legal Education (ENCLE)

Project value: 448.338,00 €

The consortium partners of MELE intend to enhance the transversal competences and academic skills of students by improving the teaching skills of academic staff among all consortium partners. Moreover, the project’s objective is also to raise awareness of cross-cutting topics, like gender issues, Green deal and climate change, digitalisation and multilevel governance, for legal studies.

Effective education and professional training systems are the cornerstones of equitable, open and democratic societies and of sustainable growth and employment. In this context, it is increasingly questioned whether education and teaching methods, especially in the field of legal studies, are still up to date to meet the profession’s needs. Currently, students are trained in very traditional methods, exclusively focusing on legal knowledge and not beyond it. This despite the fact that evidence demonstrates that an increasing number of graduates will most likely not work in traditional legal professions. Hence, additional competences and skills are required to ensure high employability of law graduates. Such needs have been triggered by the globalisation of the legal profession and the increased need for understanding of cross-cutting subjects, e.g multilevel governance, Green Deal and climate change, as well as global digitalisation of societies and automatisation of legal procedures. Furthermore, the working environment of nationally trained ‘traditional’ lawyers will be undergoing considerable changes in future, varies from increased numbers of claims and computerised procedures to complex international cases, which include multiple jurisdictions. These changes in the traditional legal labour market require revisiting of legal education approaches and teaching methods to ensure that graduates are prepared for such emerging challenges. The delivery of legal education requires a holistic engagement with requirements and needs of today’s global job market.

Faculty of Law Osijek is involved in the project implementation througt SEELS Network.

Duration: 15 September 2020 – 14 September 2023

Lead beneficiary: Faculty of Law Osijek

Associates: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Osijek

Project value: 30.240,00 €


The project aims to improve existing knowledge of European Union law and foreign languages ​​and the introduction of completely new subjects in the curriculum of the Faculty of Law in Osijek. For this purpose, the project will organize a series of workshops for law students at undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate levels, for lawyers employed in local government, courts, NGOs and other institutions and other interested public, as well as participants from partner countries in the region . In addition to law students and law graduates of various profiles, it should be emphasized that this program will enable the acquisition of new knowledge in the field of EU law and English and German language for law also for students of all levels of study at the Departments of English Language and Literature and German Language and Literature. Osijek, which will be a significant contribution to strengthening their competencies in the field of law language as future translators. One of the goals of our Jean Monnet module is to position the Faculty of Law Osijek as a regional center that promotes excellence in teaching EU law and foreign languages ​​of the legal profession. In this context, the participation of young researchers and scientists from the law faculties of neighboring countries is also expected. In this way, European studies are promoted beyond national borders, which gives the project outcomes a broader regional dimension.

Project is funded by the European Union through Erasmus+ programme.

Duration: 1 January 2020 – 1 December 2021

Lead beneficiary: Faculty of Law, University of Niš

Partners: Faculty of Law, University of Osijek, Faculty of Law, University of Zenica, Iustinianus Primus Faculty of Law, Ss Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje

Project value: 20.230.84 €


This research project deals with the legal status and protection of internationally displaced persons, refugees, asylum seekers and the “invisible” without IDs. The backbone of scientific research is international and European regulations and legal standards of conduct, with a focus on their impact on regulations, legal standards and practice in the national systems of project partners (Serbia, Northern Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia). The project is funded by SEELS – Network of Law Faculties of Southeast Europe.

Duration: 1 January 2020 – 31 December 2020

Lead beneficiary: Europa-Institut, Saarland University, Saarbrücken

Partners: members of SEELS network (South East European Law School)

The Europa-Institute of the Saarland University together with the South East European Law School Network (SEELS) and its member faculties applies for a project aiming to increase and improve the use of Dispute Resolution throughout the Western Balkans and to explain what makes it a viable alternative to going to court. The project aims to raise the awareness for the rule of law in the field of justice, especially in regards to legal disputes. The project is funded by German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Duration: 1 November 2019 – 31 December 2021

Lead beneficiary: Faculty of Law Osijek

Associate: Faculty of Law Rijeka

Project value: 7.960.00 $


The Faculty of Law Osijek will host Professor Joe Moliterno from Washington and Lee University (USA) who will hold a five-day intensive course on ethics and legal skills for law clinic students, undergraduate and doctoral students and on the Faculty of Rijeka two-hour course with the same topic for undergraduate students. The project is funded by the US Embassy in Zagreb.

Duration: July 2019 – December 2019

Lead beneficiary: Faculty of Law Osijek

Partners: Faculty of Law, Goce Delcev University in Stip, Republic of North Macedonia and Atlantic Council of Bosnia & Herzegovina

Project value: 60.300.00 €


NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme Advance Training Course “Toward effective cyber defense in accordance with the rules of law” will take place from 03 until 08 Novembar 2019 in Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia.

This NATO ATC aims to gather participants and speakers from South East European (SEE) region: NATO member countries (Slovenia, Croatia, Albania and Bulgaria) and Partnership for Peace (PfP) countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia) as well as distinguished speakers from NATO countries such as USA, UK, Hungary, Turkey, Italy and Germany.

Duration: 1 January 2019 – 31 December 2021

Lead beneficiary: The University Court of the University of Aberdeen

Partners: Faculty of Law Osijek, Ludwig-Maxilimialns-Universitaet Muenchen, Universita’ Degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca

Project value: 540.291.15 €


The POAM project is a collaborative research project which explores the intersection between domestic violence and international parental child abduction within the European Union. The project is concerned with the protection of abducting mothers who have been involved in return proceedings under the 1980 Hague Abduction Convention and the Brussels IIa Regulation, in circumstances where the child abduction had been motivated by acts of domestic violence from the left-behind father.  POAM examines the usefulness of the Protection Measures Regulation and the European Protection Order Directive in the context of such return proceedings.

Project POAM is funded by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020).

Duration: 1 September 2018 – 31 December 2020

Lead beneficiary: Ruprecht-Karls-Universitaet Heidelberg

Partners: Faculty of Law Osijek, Universita Degli Studi di Milano, Univesita Degli Studi di Verona, Universitat de Valencia, Lunds Universitet, Max Planck Institute Foundation Luxembourg

Project value: 844.949.38 €


EUFams II is a study on European private international law in family and succession matters conducted by academic institutions from various EU-Member States and co-funded by the European Commission. The project’s objective is to assess the functioning and the effectiveness of the framework of international and European family law, detect potential problems and propose possible improvements. Ultimately, it aims to develop a common European expertise and understanding to secure the uniform, coherent and consistent application of European family law, so as to facilitate the cross-border movement of persons within the EU.

Project EUFam’s II is funded by the European Union’s Justice Programme (2014-2020).

Duration: 1 October 2017 – 30 September 2019

Lead beneficiary: Faculty of Law Osijek

Partners: Mykolas Romeris University (Lithuania), Inholland University of Applied Sciences (Netherlands), University of Pécs, (Hungary), London South Bank University (United Kingdom)

Associated partner: University of Ulster (Nothern Ireland)

Project value: 208.590.00 €


Project INSPIRED is an international project, funded by the Erasmus + program 2014-2020 and implemented in a strategic partnership of five European law faculties. The main project activities are: development of a joint and multidisciplinary e-module on refugee and migration law (with 3 sub-modules) which will be tested in Lithuania in March 2018 and presented in Croatia a year later (March 2019). In addition to testing and introducing a new joint module, a number of other accompanying activities are planned during the project implementation.

Duration: 1 September 2016 – 31 August 2018

Lead beneficiary: Center for Missing and Abused Children Osijek

Partners: Faculty of Education Osijek and Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences

Associates: Home for the upbringing of children and youth Osijek and Faculty of Law Osijek

Project value: 183.256,15 €

The main project goal is to strengthen the role of the 116,000 National Telephone Number for Missing Children in the field of promoting, protecting and advancing the rights of children and preventing and combating all forms of violence against children and youth.

Duration: 1 September 2016 – 31 August 2019

Lead beneficiary: Faculty of Law Osijek

Project value: 53.856.00 €


Principal aim of this project is providing quality teaching, education and supplemented activities related to cross-border movement of a child within EU. Final reach is to ensure that the best practice is disseminated through training and publications to affect law students, legal professionals and wider population engaged in cross-border child related issues. This project would enhance development of study methods and process improving legal education in EU acquis; European values as well as initiatives embedded in Europe 2020 Strategy are promoted. Particular emphasis is given to human rights promotion in general, gender equality, lifelong learning, specialization, interdisciplinary and holistic approach to respective topic, promotion of modern IT technologies, multilinguals.

Jean Monnet Chair EUChild is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme 2014-2020 of the European Union.

Duration: September 2016 – January 2018

Lead beneficiary: Mykolas Romeris University, Faculty of Law (Lithuania)

Partners: Lithuanian Youth Council (LiJOT) (Lithuania), The Association of Local Authorities in Lithuania (Lithuania), Foundation for Access to Rights – FAR (Bulgaria), Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, Faculty of Law (Croatia), University of Pécs (Hungary), Sopianae Kulturális Egyesület (Hungary), University of Catania (Italy), London South Bank University Lbg (United Kingdom), Associazione AccoglieRete per la Tutela dei MSNA (Italy), Volunteer centre Osijek (VCO) (Croatia), World Youth Federation Croatia


The project was created in response to the great wave of refugees that came to Europe in 2015 and the need to inform the public about the importance of legal protection of refugees while respecting the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and at the same time taking into account today’s social and political context asylum seekers and refugees face. The project aims to promote better acceptance of European refugee decisions in host countries through: creating a forum for discussions on major European refugee reception issues in the context of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and developing tools to engage young people in the integration of refugees on international level.

Project PROMISE is funded by the Europe for Citiziens 2014-2020 Programme of the European Union.

Duration: 1.12.2015 – 1.12.2016

Lead beneficiary: Universitata degli Studi di Milano

Partners: Faculty of Law Osijek, Universita degli Studi di Verona, Universitat de Valencia, Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law, Ruprecht-Karls-Universitaet Heidelberg, Italian Family Lawyers Association

Associated partners: Spanish Family Lawyers Association, Scuola Superiore della Magistratura, Croatian Judicial Acamedy

Project value: 463.909.50 €


The EU system of Private International Law (Conflict of Laws) in family matters has progressively extended its scope from divorce and legal separation (EU regulations No 2201/2003 and No 1259/2010) to the financial aspects of family life (Maintenance Obligations Regulation, 2007 Hague Maintenance Protocol, 2007 Hague Recovery Convention, and Succession Regulation). The system is approaching a further extension once the proposed twin regulations on property regimes in respect of marriage and of registered partnerships are adopted. The objective of these regulations is to increase legal certainty, predictability and party autonomy with the ultimate goal of removing the obstacles to the free movement of persons. However, in the meantime uncertainties arise from their combined application. Currently, the legislation on these matters is spread out in multiple regulations that regulate in a fragmentary, yet interconnected, manner relationships of a different nature. To this aim, the partners of the project will assess the effectiveness of the in concreto functioning of such regulations with regard to the goals mentioned above, and identify the paths that allow further improvement of such effectiveness.

Project EUFam’s is funded by the European Union’s Justice Programme (2014-2020).

(IPA 2012 Building Local Partnerships for Open Governance and Fight against Corruption in Responsible Management of Natural Resources)

Duration: 27.11.2015 – 27.11.2017.

Lead beneficiary:Association for nature and environment protection Green Osijek (NGO)

Partners: Faculty of Law Osijek – University of Josip Juraj Strossmayer in Osijek, Environmental Association Pan-Karlovac, ZEO Nobilis, WWF Austria

Objectives: To secure opened governance and participatory management of protected natural areas and NATURA 2000 sites in Croatia. To increase capacity of CSO’s and citizens for combat against corruption and for partnership with local authorities that will ensure responsible, transparent and sustainable use of NATURA 2000 sites and nature protected areas along Kupa, Mura, Drava and Danube rivers.

Estimated results: 1. Increased capacity of CSO’s and citizens for monitoring and advocacy for transparent and opened public procurement and concession granting procedures in protected natural areas and NATURA 2000 sites; 2. Established partnership among CSO’s, higher education institutions and local authorities’ which improves openness and quality in management of natural resources; 3. Increased awareness of local communities and raised public participation, interest and initiatives for nature protection

Main activities: Project management and evaluation; 1.1. Study tour to Austrian parks about transparency, openess and anticorruption measures; 1.2. Survey and report on current practices in concessions, public procurement, transparency and openness of management of protected areas; 1.3. Seminars on public participation, corruption, public procurement, ecosystem services, management for public benefits; 1.4. Handbook – Guidelines and actions for transparency and openness against corruption in natural resources management (focused mainly on public procurement and concession granting procedures); 2.1. New code of practice in management of NATURA 2000 sites and protected areas-CSO & local authority partnership for transparent and improved management policy; 2.2. “Green legal clinic” – New students curriculum program. Students in partnership with CSO’s/citizens in monitoring and advocacy for better natural and environment resources management; 2.3. National Conference on „Transparency and openess in natural resources management“–project results presentation; 3.1. Public awareness campaign – web, newsletter, leaflet and media campaign; 3.2. Nature guide book “How to protect rivers – Kupa, Mura, Drava, Danube” – values, threats, ecosystem services, case studies in nature management; 3.3. Open forum for nature – CSO’s/citizens open dialogue centers equipped with expert literatures and equipment that enable public participation in nature management by round tables, public discussions and legal advices.

The SEE | EU Cluster of Excellence in European and International Law project in which Faculties of Law 6 countries from South eastern Europe and Germany will closely collaborate was officially initiated on the 11th of November at the Saarland University in Saarbrucken. SEE The project will be implemented in the period 2015 – 2018, by Europa Institut and SEELS network, with Europa Institut as a leading partner. Its main goal will be promotion of outstanding capabilities in the area of research and teaching, with the thematic focus on the challenges and opportunities of European integration in the wider sense, including International Law elements, and the accession perspective of countries in the neighbourhood of the EU. It envisages the creation and launch of set of eLearning modules, establishment of a graduate school and enhancement of cross-border local and regional cooperation.

In partnership with the Palacký University of Olomouc, the Pavol Jozef Šafárik University of Košice, the University of Wrocław and the Pécs Faculty of Law (Project No. 21410204) approved for the period from 28th June 2014 to 31st May 2015, and financed by the International Visegrad Fund. The project has been planned as the initial activity in long term cooperation between legal clinics in Central Europe through Summer Schools for students, through research into the legal clinic teaching methodology and through international cooperation between teachers in the production of teaching materials for future clinical education.

The aim of the new Jean Monnet Chair in EU Procedural Law is to position the Faculty as a regional centre and reference point for studying the EU law, promoting excellence in teaching and research.

The Project manager is Tunjica Petrašević, PhD, assistant professor and the project team members are Boris Ljubanović, PhD, full professor, Mirela Župan, PhD, full professor, Igor Vuletić, PhD, assistant professor, Dunja Duić, PhD and Paula Poretti, PhD. All project team members are well-educated, young researchers in the field of European law and the project shall enable them further training in the field of the EU law and facilitate their participation in development of new teaching contents at the Faculty.


European Commission selected the project as s Success story.

The Project Jean Monnet Chair in EU Labour, Equality and Human Rights Law has been allocated to the Faculty of Law Osijek by Josip Juraj Strossmayer University in Osijek within the Lifelong learning programme. The aim of the project is to enhance higher and professional education in the area of EU Labour, Equality and Human Rights Law in Eastern Croatia in the lesser developed form of lifelong learning. The aforementioned shall improve implementation of European values of intercultural dialogue, inter-ethnical and gender equality in the area of employment access as well as legal protection of underrepresented groups on the labour market and working environment. At the same time the goal of the project is to enhance human rights that will contribute not only to professional development of the involved subjects but to civil education of European citizens with the purpose of active participation in the arena of political and human rights. Therefore the Faculty offers through the activities of the Chair a multidisciplinary lifelong learning programme for academic citizens, students and legal practitioners. A special goal of the project is to support academic progress and research excellence of the JMC members as well as of teaching staff of the University and the region in the area of EU Labour, Equality and Human Rights law. In that sense the project offers possibilities for discussions, courses, round tables, academic presentations and development of future joint projects and ideas in the mentioned area. This is manifested in particular in the context of sensitive political relations between the countries in the region as well as in almost interrupted academic cooperation between them in past decades. Accordingly, the special goal of the project is to create opportunities for common exchange of ideas and establish synergy between the students of law and students of other disciplines as well as of interested practitioners. The project manager is Mario Vinković, PhD, full professor and the project team members are Ivana Barković, PhD, full professor; Mirela Župan, PhD, full professor; Nives Mazur-Kumrić, PhD, assistant professor and Helga Špadina, PhD.

In the first year of the Project implementation (academic year 2013/2014) lectures at all courses according to the Project plan were delivered as well as seminars on economic and social rights of migrants in the EU, a seminar on Equality law and advanced seminar on EU Equality law (doctoral level). We also welcomed two visiting professors from Hungary and Lithuania at the Chair in the mentioned period; the crown of the one-year activities was an International PhD and Post-Doctorate Conference Equality and Human Rights – Economic, Labour and Social Rights in the EU that was organised in cooperation with the PhD School of Social Sciences and Humanities of Josip Juraj Strossmayer University in Osijek for doctoral candidates and postdoctoral research assistants and took place in the assembly hall of the University on 22 May 2014. The Deputy Ombudsman of the Republic of Croatia, Ms. Lidija Lukina Kezić, opened the Conference and more than 20 university teachers from Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Hungary took part in it. More than 40 postdoctoral research assistants from Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Hungary presented their papers that were later published in the scientific journal for social sciences and humanities Pravni vjesnik (the Journal of Law and Social Sciences) of the Faculty of Law Osijek No. 2/2014. In the course of the Conference the Chair also organised a workshop for students and postgraduate students on how to conduct a high quality research in the area of European economic and social rights and anti-discrimination and a round table on the EU social rights and equality policies. It is not less worth mentioning that on 4 April 2014 a workshop was held for judges on implementation of EU law in national court practices. All members of the Chair successfully participated at a number of international conferences and in the activities of several international projects whereas four students attending the course within the Jean Monnet Chair successfully completed a two-week IP Flexicurity 2010 programme at Lake Balaton, under the mentorship of the Head of the Chair, Mario Vinković, PhD, full professor.


(1999905-LLP-1-2011-1-HR-AJM-MO) approved for the period from 1st September 2011 to 31st August 2014

Besides Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence and Jean Monnet Chair one of the forms of Lifelong learning programmes is the Jean Monnet Module aimed at supporting institutions and activities to comprehend European integration. In order to improve the study of EU law at the Faculty we applied for Jean Monnet Module in 2011. The project was approved and its realisation started on 1 September 2011 and it lasted until 31 August 2014. The aim of the project was to stimulate students and legal practitioners to reconsider and learn about the law of the European Union, its significance for European integration of the Republic of Croatia and its influence on professional careers. Within the module two courses were performed at the fifth year of study- the EU Law Module, interdisciplinary seminars for law students but also for students of faculties other than the Faculty of Law (Medicine, Economics, Civil Engineering etc.) as well as workshops for legal practitioners. The project manager was Zvonimir Lauc, PhD, full professor and the project team members were Branislav Malagurski PhD, full professor, Tunjica Petrašević, PhD, assistant professor and Mirela Župan, PhD, full professor.

When the Republic of Croatia became member of the European Union on 1 July 2013 the knowledge of the EU law became even more important. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the Faculty to offer the information on the European Union to students and other interested subjects. In November 2013 the Chair in EU Law was established; it has two members and there is a tendency to increase this number. Within the Faculty curriculum there are a number of courses using „European“ in their titles. In the beginning of 2014 a new Doctoral Study Programme was launched that shall be performed in nine modules and one of them is the Module: International and European Public Law.

(HUHR/1101/2.2.1/0005) approved within the IPA cross border programme Hungary – Croatia for the period from 1st February 2013 to 31st January 2014

The project “Deepening University Cooperation Osijek-Pecs” (DUNICOP) (HUHR/1101/2.2.1/0005) was a continuation of the EUNICOP and the SUNICOP projects. DUNICOP was co-financed and supported by the European Union through the Hungary-Croatia IPA Cross-border Co-operation Programme 2007-2013 and the two participating law faculties. The Lead Beneficiary is the University of Pécs, Faculty of Law; the Partner is Josip Juraj Strossmayer University, Faculty of Law Osijek. It was approved for the duration of 12 months (1 February 2013 – 31 January 2014). It continues the intensive co-operation between the Universities of Osijek and Pécs in the field of law. In comparison to preceding projects the DUNICOP project focused on regional development. Among the scopes of the project the following can be mentioned: developing joint curricula, conducting research in the field of regional development, the results of which are presented to the public at an international conference. There were two sessions of international seminars where five new teaching curricula were developed and there were also two workshops on project management. The project focused also on research of doctoral candidates in the area of regional development, the results of which were presented to the public at an international conference. The contributions were published in conference proceedings. Two round tables were held with the topic of higher education quality. There were 27 papers published, three individual and 24 co-authored papers. The tendency of decrease in individual papers continued. The evaluation of the quality of work and results: research within the DUNICOP project included research conducted by teachers and associates and separate research activity by doctoral candidates of the two co-operating institutions. The research conducted by teachers is a systematic and serious research between two well-established and organized partners, as the President of the Republic of Croatia Ivo Josipović, PhD, full professor, emphasized in the Preface to the Conference book. Unlike previous projects the research aimed at regional issues and environmental protection. The Conference book Law-Regions-Development is, first of all, a legal but also a general social-humanistic discussion on influence of globalisation on regional development and environmental issues. The Conference proceedings received three positive international reviews. Contribution of the aforementioned research is in systematic and comprehensive volume of contemporary legal and economic topics dealing with regional policy and environmental protection. Doctoral candidates conducted research mainly into a wider social- humanistic corpus. Besides doctoral candidates, their teachers-mentors took part in the conference and research publication.

The contribution of this part of activities lies in opening the door of science for the generations to come, and develop their capacities in further research. The Conference book Aspects of Local and Regional Development received two reviews.

The three mentioned projects ( EUNICOP, SUNICOP, DUNICOP) have a number of research features in common: topics related to the area of European and international law as well as other branches of law, processed by contrastive method, have joined researchers of related chairs of two related faculties; foreign reference books were obtained for the purposes of research and they are available in the library collections enabling the research to be up to date and scientifically well-grounded; the research results were published in three volumes in three languages; for better availability of the publication all papers were published in electronic form available on the Project website

(HUHR/1001/2.2.1/0005) approved within the IPA cross border programme Hungary – Croatia for the period from 1st August 2011 to 30th July 2012

The project was approved within the framework of the Hungary-Croatia IPA Cross-border Co-operation Programme 2007-2013 and was financed by the European Union. The Lead Beneficiary was the University of Pécs, Grant Management Public Non-profit Limited Liability Company, Hungary as Project partner 1 and the Faculty of Law of Josip Juraj Strossmayer University in Osijek as Project partner 2. The objective was to popularize the topic of project management recognized as one of the priority areas of cross-border cooperation in correlation with evaluation of EU funds. Central project activity was a four-week intensive international course scheduled in four sessions delivered from February to May 2012. The course participants’ structure was multi-disciplinary. The participants (15 from the Republic of Croatia and five from Hungary) were law students, doctoral candidates, teachers, civil servants etc. The courses were conducted by the teachers from the faculties in Osijek and Pécs although external experts in project management from Belgium, the Netherlands, Finland and Italy were also entrusted with part of the courses. The general course topic was divided into seven modules starting from introductory modules, basic to very complex and specialized modules. The course was an extra-curricular activity in which participants earned eight ECTS credits on the condition that they regularly attended the courses and passed the final exam. The final project evaluation survey showed that the participants were very satisfied with teachers and programme quality, logistics, study visits and social events during the course. The course team manager was Nives Mazur-Kumrić, PhD, assistant professor and her deputy was Jelena Legčević, PhD. Lecturers were Zvonimir Lauc, PhD, full professor, Branislav Malagurski PhD, full professor and Tunjica Petrašević PhD. Other team members were Mario Vinković, PhD, full professor, Mirela Župan, PhD, assistant professor, Ivana Tucak, PhD, assistant professor, Martina Mikrut, MSc and Ivančica Tubić, Vesna Lujev and Dragica Mokoš.

The evaluation of the quality of work and results: the project manager submitted an extensive report to the national body – Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds and to the umbrella supervisory body – Joint Technical Secretariat in Budapest; the reports have been assessed exceptionally correct and pointed out as an example of successful international project management. Therefore we also deem the project exceptionally successful with an additional contribution of the project and that is the creation and publication of valuable teaching materials in form of textbooks containing the topic lectures of seven modules. The project was undoubtedly an important experience in international cooperation for the Faculty creating an excellent basis for future project activities in cooperation with the Faculty of Law in Pécs in a number of other areas of common scientific and professional interest.

(HUHR/1001/2.2.1.) approved within the IPA cross border programme Hungary – Croatia for the period from 1st September 2011 to 31st August 2012

The SUNICOP project (Strengthening University Cooperation Osijek- Pécs) is a continuation of the EUNICOP project (Establishing University Cooperation Osijek-Pecs). The project lasted 12 months in the period from 1 September 2011 until 31 August 2012. It continues the intensive co-operation in the field of law between the University of Osijek and University of Pécs. SUNICOP was co-financed and supported by the European Union through the Hungary-Croatia IPA Cross-border Co-operation Programme and the two participating law faculties. The project had more divergent and interrelated scopes which can strengthen the effects of one another and assume, among other things, creating joint regional research in the field of law, sharing knowledge in specific cross-border issues, enhancing cooperative teaching activity and curricula development, exchanging of good practice in tendering and project management, disseminating joint research results and organising a summer school. These scopes were achieved through different activities: informal meetings of researchers and teachers, common courses with participation of Croatian and Hungarian students, common research with the involvement of Croatian and Hungarian researchers, a conference where the acquired knowledge can be presented, publication of the research results, discussions at the conference and publication of a research book. A total of 34 papers were published, out of which 5 were individual and 29 co-authored. It is worth mentioning that the number of co-authored papers increased whereas the number of individual papers decreased. We succeeded in achieving the scope of the project, which was to create joint research. The evaluation of the quality of work and results are reflected in one of the scopes of the project: among main scopes of the SUNICOP project was deepening joint regional research in the field of law, where an emphasis was put on joint research conducted by Hungarian and Croatian researchers. For this reason an effort was put in formation of research pairs – the researchers of related branches of law were linked to work together on research papers, which they would not be able to write individually. In this sense, the project was successfully completed: there were 28 joint research papers, two individual papers and five papers authored by visiting professors. It makes a total of 74 Hungarian and Croatian researchers, both professors and assistants that were involved in that part of the project. Acknowledged professors of law from Universities of Zagreb and Rijeka as well as from the Judicial Academy took part in the research and delivered plenary lectures. The conference proceedings Modern Legal Challenges: EU-Hungary-Croatia received four positive international reviews. All participating authors followed the author’s guidelines regarding citation and paper completion. We assess the Project as exceptionally successful.

(HUHR/0901/2.2.1/0013) approved within the IPA cross border programme Hungary – Croatia for the period from 15th February 2010 to 14th February 2011

International university cooperation between Faculty of Law of the University in Pécs as lead beneficiary and the Faculty of Law of the University in Osijek as project partner was established with an aim to enhance cross-border cooperation in the area of science and higher education and its final aim was to develop a long term cross-border teaching curriculum for the area of social sciences, in the field of law i.e. in all its branches. The scopes of the EUNICOP project were: Creating joint regional research in the field of law, sharing knowledge in specific cross-border issues, enhancing cooperative teaching activity and curricula development, exchange of good practice in tendering and management of the projects financed by the EU, development of the framework for future joint projects between the two faculties. The scopes are achieved through numerous project activities: organized study visits, workshops attended both by Hungarian and Croatian students, joint research conducted by both Hungarian and Croatian researchers. Taking the current curricula as a starting point, both faculties, the teaching staff in Osijek and Pécs have established common teaching programmes in selected branches of law. The contrastive analysis of Hungarian and Croatian legal solutions and the acquis of the EU make the backbone of new joint teaching programmes. Interactive teaching of joint curricula was conducted in three-day workshops organised in two spring and two summer cycles and an active exchange of students between Osijek and Pécs motivated their mobility between the two faculties and universities. Two-day visits organized in Pécs and Osijek were chances for the teachers of related subjects to meet and coordinate the areas of common research work. The research results were presented to the public at an international conference Cross-border and European (EU) Legal Issues: Hungary-Croatia, held in Pécs on 16-18 September 2010. The English, Hungarian and Croatian volumes of the published Conference book contain co-authored and individual conference contributions. There were 27 papers published, 11 individual and 16 co-authored papers. The evaluation of the quality of work and results are reflected in one of the scopes of the project: development of the common scientific research area in the field of law. In order to achieve this scope, two study visits took place within the EUNICOP project offering an opportunity for the researchers of the cooperating institutions to find the area of common research interest. Joint research results were presented at the international scientific conference and published in the conference proceedings in three volumes in three languages (English, Croatian and Hungarian). The publication had two reviews. The conference proceedings Legal Aspects of Cross-border Cooperation and EU Integration: Hungary – Croatia covers a wide scope of legal topics related to the EU acquis implementation and contrastive analysis of a number of legal institutes in two neighbouring countries. From a review: “The Conference proceedings are a valuable contribution to both Hungarian and Croatian science. It maps and brands the Republic of Croatia and Hungary in European scientific area and serves as a cooperation pattern for other European countries. The contributions of the proceedings initiate the issues and areas of importance not only for science but also for the society in general.” (full professor Nada Bodiroga-Vukobrat, PhD, the Faculty of Law of the University in Rijeka). The authors strictly followed the author’s guidelines for research papers referring to citation and paper completion. We deem the Project exceptionally successful.


In 2005 the Faculty, together with the law faculties of Zagreb, Split and Rijeka, the Ministry of Justice and the Judicial Academy, joined the TEMPUS-project “Foreign Languages in the Field of Law“. The Project expired by the end of the year 2009. This TEMPUS-project, on one hand, enabled foreign language teachers to acquire knowledge in the field of law in order to be more competent to teach Croatian students foreign language contents in legal field, and on the other hand lawyers (legal practitioners, judges, lawyers employed in state administration and companies) got an opportunity to improve their knowledge of foreign languages, especially English for legal purposes. Simultaneously, the project offered a unique chance to acquire new professional knowledge in the field of EU-Law, International Law and Commercial Law – areas which in recent years, due to political and economic integrations in Europe and worldwide, have experienced significant changes. By that approach a requirement for sustainability of the project within wider local community has been met, and the activities concerning organisation of new foreign language courses for lawyers have been planned for the future as well. This project has significantly contributed to modernisation of foreign language courses and harmonisation of foreign language curricula with those in European universities due to introduction of modern teaching methods and materials as applied in eminent European higher education institutions (like Universities of Antwerp and London).