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CITSEE Research Project

Website: http://www.citsee.eu

The Europeanisation of Citizenship in the Successor States of the Former Yugoslavia (CITSEE) Research Project, under the University of Edinburgh's School of Law, provides detailed research into the national citizenship regimes of the seven new states now existing on the territory of the former Yugoslavia. There are also extended reports focusing on the broader political and ideational context in which the respective citizenship regimes are evolving and relevant photographs and other graphic material, such as scanned examples of identity documents and passports.

Dr Jelena Djankic

Email: dzankicatgmail [dot] com

Dr Jelena Dzankic is a Research Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies of the European University Institute and is affiliated with the European Union Democracy Observatory (EUDO) on Citizenship. She currently coordinates the EUDO network. Dr Dzankic's doctoral dissertation from Cambridge analysed the development of Montenegrin statehood and nationhood in the period from 1997 to 2007. In addition to a number of articles, her monograph, Citizenship in Bosnia Herzegovina, Macedonia and Montenegro Effects of Statehood and Identity Challenges has been published with Ashgate in 2015.

Prof Siniša Malešević

Email: sinisa [dot] malesevicatucd [dot] ie

Siniša Malešević is a Professor in the School of Sociology at the University College, Dublin. He is also an elected member of Royal Irish Academy and Academia Europaea. Previously he held research and teaching appointments at the Institute for International Relations (Zagreb), the Centre for the Study of Nationalism, CEU (Prague), the National University of Ireland, Galway, the London School of Economics, the Institute for Human Sciences (Vienna) and Université Libre de Bruxelles (Visiting Professor/Eric Remacle Chair in Conflict and Peace Studies). He is an author and editor of 12 books and over 80 academic journal articles and book chapters  on war, violence, nationalism and ethnic relations. In geographical terms his expertise is focused on the Balkans (especially Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro).  

Prof Dr Florian Bieber

Email: florian [dot] bieberatuni-graz [dot] at

Florian Bieber is a political scientist and historian working on inter-ethnic relations, ethnic conflict and nationalism, focusing on Southeastern Europe. He is a Professor in South East European History and Politics and director of the Center for South East European Studies at the University of Graz. He coordinates theBalkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Nationalism Studies Program at Central European University and is the editor of the book series Southeast European Studies, published with Routledge (formerly Ashgate) and edits the open access journal Contemporary Southeastern Europe.

He studied at Trinity College (USA), the University of Vienna and Central European University (Hungary) and received his M.A. in Political Science and History and his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Vienna, as well as an M.A. in Southeast European Studies from Central European University (Budapest). Before coming to Graz, he was a Lecturer in East European Politics at theDepartment of Politics and International Relations of the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK. From January to May 2009, he held the Luigi Einaudi Chair at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York and in Spring 2010, he was a visiting fellow at LSEE – Research on South Eastern Europe at the London School of Economics. Between 2001 and 2006, he has been working in Belgrade (Serbia) and Sarajevo (Bosnia-Herzegovina) for the European Centre for Minority Issues. His work includes expert advice on minorities and minority rights for the European Commission, the OSCE, and the Council of Europe and has provided advice to governments and international organizations on the Balkans. He has extensive training experience in the field of diversity and minority rights.

Vebi Kosumi

Email: infoatalbkos [dot] co [dot] uk

Vebi Kosumi holds a Masters of Laws (LLM) in International Law with International Relations from the University of Kent, UK and a Law Degree (LLB) from the University of Prishtina, Kosovo. He is a legal expert, author and prominent leader in the international human rights movement. As the former Director of the Dover Detainee Visitor Group (Now Samphire) he led the support efforts to improve the treatment of asylum seekers, working across UK to raise awareness in the community. Prior to serving as a Team Leader of Hestia - Modern Slavery Response Team (Anti-Human Trafficking) in Kent in 2017, he volunteered with the British Red Cross and Save the Children (London). 

Vebi’s desire to empower migrants, and to stand up against societal inequalities, led up to his professional career in international law. He is a trustee of Music in Detention since 2006, board member of the Asylum Aid since 2013, and the Migrant Resource Centre since 2016. Vebi has written over 40 country expert reports focusing mainly on a blood feud, Human Trafficking, honour killing but not limited to. Covering countries: Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia (Presevo Valley). Fluent in Albanian, Serbian, and English languages. Free initial assessment of the case. Some pro bono work may be taken. 

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