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Rapprochement in the Balkans

Symposium on Legal and Policy Issues of Reconciliation in the Balkans on January 27, 2012, at Freie Universität Berlin

№ 16/2012 from Jan 25, 2012

A symposium on the topic "Reconciliation in the Balkans – Legal and Political Questions" will be held at Freie Universität Berlin on January 27, 2012. The three ambassadors of the republics of Croatia, Serbia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina along with various scholars and representatives of NGOs will take stock of the situation after the war in Yugoslavia. The symposium will focus on working through the consequences of war and the reconciliation of ethnic groups in the Balkans. It is being organized by the interuniversity Centre for German, Croatian, European, and Comparative Law. It is open to the public with no admission charge. It will be held in English. RSVP to by January 26.

With the planned EU accession of Croatia and re-escalating conflict over Kosovo and in Bosnia, the theme of "reconciliation in the Balkans" is a current issue. In this symposium diplomatic representatives of the three countries Croatia, Serbia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina will meet with scholars and representatives of NGOs to discuss strategies for reconciliation of the peoples of the former Yugoslavia. It is being held under the aegis of the German Minister of State at the Foreign Office, Cornelia Pieper. The CDU parliamentarian Klaus-Peter Willsch will give a brief greeting.

The event will focus on four key points:

  • Reconciliation and politics from the perspective of the states involved in the conflicts
  • The war in Yugoslavia and an assessment of the consequences of war – an overview and preliminary results
  • Law and reconciliation
  • Post-conflict reconciliation and society

The Berlin/Split interuniversity center is jointly run by Freie Universität Berlin and the Croatian University of Split. Since 2008, the universities of Belgrade and Sarajevo are also among the partners. Currently another area of work is being set up at the European University Viadrina Frankfurt/Oder. For more than ten years the interuniversity center has been organizing academic events abroad, thus contributing to the European integration of southeastern Europe.

Time, Location, and Further Information

  • Friday, January 27, 2012, 9:30 a.m.
  • Institute for East European Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, Garystr. 55, 14195 Berlin; subway station. Thielplatz or Oskar-Helene-Heim (U3)
  • RSVP to

Further Information

  • Professor Herwig Roggemann, Director, Centre for German, Croatian, European, and Comparative Law, Tel.: +49 (0)30 / 838-57110, Email:
  • Thomas Schad, Program Mangaer, International Office, Freie Universität Berlin, Tel.: +49 (0)30 / 838-73405, Email: