Mykolas Romeris University, Vilnius (Lithuania)
Mykolas Romeris University mission is to foster a culture of research and innovation. The University is known for having one of the best infrastructure in the country, modern library, auditoriums and lecture halls, that are equipped with the very latest equipment, allowing internet connectivity and providing computerized work stations for students and lecturers. Faculty of Law offers several international and EU law programmes, including of joint degree, which provides courses on human rights, refugees and migrants, non-discrimination. Through Human Rights Laboratory it implements a number of refugee related projects, including international ones as part of the Odysseus Network on Asylum and Immigration.
Partners at national level
Lithuanian Youth Council (LiJOT)
LiJOT is the biggest non-governmental, non-profit umbrella structure for Lithuanian national youth organizations and regional unions of youth organization. LiJOT is a full member of the European Youth Forum, one of the biggest non-governmental organizations in Europe; a full member and founder of the Baltic Youth Forum and National Agency of International Youth Co-operation, which coordinates European Union program “Youth in Action”. LiJOT is coordinating EURODESK Lithuania – a European information services network, which works in 33 European countries and provides exclusive European information for young people and youth workers.
The Association of Local Authorities in Lithuania
The Association of Local Authorities in Lithuania is a key organization in Lithuania, representing Lithuanian local authorities in national policy process and international organizations. The mission of ALAL is to implement the essential rights of local self-government and to foster its development, by influencing decisions taken by national authorities and international institutions. Association seeks to implement the provisions of the European Charter of Local Self-Government in Lithuania,to promote democracy development, to organize and coordinate activities of its members in the areas of investment attraction, development of municipal economies, improvement of legislature, business support, environment, energy sectors, public security, culture, education, science, health care, social care etc.
Foundation for Access to Rights – FAR (Bulgaria)
FAR provides legal aid to asylum seekers, refugees and migrants in Bulgaria. FAR lawyers enhance access to justice by refugees and promote knowledge-based decisions by the authorities through strategic litigation in appeal and court proceedings. One of the priorities of the work of FAR are students and young professionals who are incorporated as trainees in the daily activities of FAR in the refugee law field. This is particularly important as refugee law is not part of the mainstream curriculum of Bulgarian universities. Furthermore, FAR organizes trainings in refugee law. FAR works in close collaboration with other stakeholders from its professional networks, including state authorities.
Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek (Croatia)
Faculty of Law Osijek is located in Eastern part of Republic of Croatia that has been a key area of transit of refugees in recent migration flows through Europe. Faculty currently offers one course in migration law (within Jean Monnet Chair) and offers several courses in international and European law that include refugee law, EU equality law and EU anti-discrimination law. It frequently organizes round tables and discussions open to general public on the various topics related to the project proposal. In addition, staff of Faculty of Law and its two Student Associations (ELSA and LEGOS) have excellent links to local youth organizations that were very instrumental during the recent migration emergency through their volunteering activities at the reception centres and at the borders of Croatia towards Serbia, Hungary and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Volunteer centre Osijek (Croatia)
Volunteer Centre Osijek runs two main programmes: Development of Volunteerism and Civil Society and Democracy Programme for Youth. Development of Volunteerism established structured and quality support to the volunteers, organizations and other stakeholders relevant for the volunteering development. VCO’s goal is affirmation and support of youth volunteering through education for volunteering, but also improvement of capacities of receiving organizations and institutions. The other programme is Civil Society and Democracy Programme for Youth, focused on strengthening the role of civil society and promotion of active citizenship and democracy. The purpose of the programme is to support the individuals and organizations in making social changes and to contribute to the greater political involvement of citizens, transparent and responsible management, social inclusion and social justice. VCO is supported by Croatian Government, Ministry of Social Policy and Youth and European Union.
Svjetski savez mladih Hrvatska – The World Youth Alliance (WYA) (Croatia)
Svjetski savez mladih Hrvatska organization is a part of World Youth Alliance, which participates directly at the United Nations, European Union, and Organization of American States. The mission of the organization is to promote the dignity of the person by building a global coalition of young people able to articulate, defend and live the dignity of the person in their lives and influence the communities and world in which they live. Organization seeks to equip young people to work on critical topics, provides training on international relations and foreign diplomacy for members, works one-on-one with delegates to develop person-centered policies and language proposals for international negotiations, organizes conferences on national and international policy themes.
University of Pécs (Hungary)
The Centre for European Research and Education of the Faculty of Law of the University of Pécs has 20 years of experience in curricula development, teaching, publication and organizing conferences in the field of European and international Law. The Centre operates an open access online law journal, which could serve as one of the platforms of disseminating the results of the project. The Centre has a good partnership with student organizations within the University who could participate in the realization of the project (e.g. Doctoral Students’ Association, Nándor Óriás Honor Society of Law Students).
Sopianae Kulturális Egyesület (Hungary)
The Sopianae Association was founded in 2007 in Pécs as an organisation to bring together the youth in Pécs through workshops, student competitions and study trips. In recent years the main focus of its attention is on university students and PhD-students, with their most successful ongoing project being the “Youth in Europe” conference and workshop series which the Association organises annually since 2008. They treat active EU-citizen participation as one of their primary goals, which they aim to promote via activities relating to topical European integration issues, especially those important for the youth.
University of Catania (Italy)
Sicily has been and still is a key area of transit of refugees in recent migration flows through Europe. The Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Catania, approach world politics, and the issue of migrations, from a genuinely multidisciplinary perspective. It offers several courses in international and European law (that include refugee law, EU equality law, EU anti-discriminatory law and EU security and defence policy), human rights (that include the impact of HR on global politics, NGOs and global politics) and Mediterranean anthropology (that include trans-national migration through Mediterranean Sea). It frequently organizes round tables and discussions open to general public on the various topics related to the project proposal.
Associazione AccoglieRete per la Tutela dei MSNA (Italy)
MSNA, is an association that promotes the role of legal guardians for unaccompanied foreign minors arriving by sea on the coast of Sicily. Thousands of unaccompanied minors arrived in 2014 and 2015 in Sicily from Gambia, Egypt, Bangladesh, Senegal, Mali, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Nigeria, Syria and other areas at risk of persecution and wars. In the absence of legal protection, hundreds of children are exposed to the risk of exploitation and trafficking. “AccoglieRete” approach is based on the role of legal guardian as a fundamental element of the mechanism of support and care for unaccompanied minors, within the migration context. Such innovative and effective approach has been recognized publicly by the press, civil society and institutions.
London South Bank University Lbg (United Kingdom)
LSBU hosts the internationally renowned Council for At-Risk Academics (CARA), which has assisted refugee academics since 1933. In line with its commitment to social justice and global responsibility, the Division of Social Sciences (DSS) has a well-established master degree in refugee studies, headed by Professor Gaim Kibreab, who has published widely on forced migration, displacement and refugees, and is a regular key-note speaker at national and international conferences on these issues. He is a member of the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration. DSS is home to the UN University-accredited London Regional Centre of Expertise and has worked recently with local refugee organisations.