The Europa-Institut cooperates with the SEELS network (South East European Law School), an association of 13 law schools in the Balkans including the law faculties of Mostar, Sarajevo, Zenica (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Belgrade, Nis, Kragujevac (Serbia), Zagreb, Rijeka, Osijek, Split (Croatia), Skopje (former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), Tirana (Albania) and Podgorica (Montenegro).
The network was founded in 2011 by the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) and aims to support the collaboration between faculties in the region.
Since 2012, the Europa-Institut has been active within the area of European neighboring policy with a focus on South Eastern Europe / the Western Balkan region. It receives financial support from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) from funds within the framework of the project “Academic Reconstruction South Eastern Europe”.
The project supports the permanent networking of students, graduates and researchers of various universities in the region through a cooperation network, the qualification of young academics and their integration into the project as well as the intention of the network to enable the establishment of a joint structure with regard to young academics.
In doing so, the project aims to achieve a lasting improvement and internationalization of teaching and research conditions at the partner universities in South Eastern Europe.
Since 2012, students, Ph. D. students, research assistants as well as professors from Germany and the Western Balkans have met for joint projects, which serve to convey and deepen knowledge in European and international law.
Moreover, there is a focus on the academic development of young researchers in the areas of teaching and publishing, which is supported by organizing joint summer schools in Germany and Croatia.