SERBIA - COI

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Dr Dejan Stjepanović

Email: D [dot] Stjepanovicatchi [dot] ac [dot] uk or Dejan [dot] Stjepanovicated [dot] ac [dot] uk

Dr Dejan Stjepanović is an Honorary Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, School of Social and Political Science, an Associate Lecturer in Politics at the University of Chichester. He, and holds a Ph.D. in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute, Florence and an MA in Nationalism Studies from Central European University, Budapest. His expertise includes territorial politics, security studies, nationalism and migration, focusing on the region of southeastern Europe. He is widely published and is is fluent in his native Serbo-Croat, English, Macedonian and Greek. He uses Russian and Italian in his research as well. His considerable international experience includes having lived, worked and conducted fieldwork in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Serbia and the UK. (Pro bono service is not avaiable.)

Eric Gordy

Email: e [dot] gordyatucl [dot] ac [dot] uk

Eric Gordy is a political and cultural sociologist concentrating on Southeast Europe, especially the states of the former Yugoslavia. He is a Senior Lecturer in Politics of Southeast Europe at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) of University College London. He has taught at universities across Europe and North America. His publications include the books The Culture of Power in Serbia: Nationalism and the Destruction of Alternatives (1999) and Guilt, Responsibility and Denial: The Past at Stake in Post-Milošević Serbia (2013). His book Practices of Democracy in Southeast Europe project looks comparatively at four countries in the region, investigating what people expect from democracy and what their actual experience of political parties and popular relations with government looks like. Eric's wider comments on the region have appeared in international outlets including The New York Times, BBC, Agence France-Presse, as well as regional outlets including Danas, BH Dani,  Slobodna Bosna, Peščanik, and Novi List. He has taught and held visiting positions at a variety of institutions, including University of California Berkeley, Clark University, University of Bologna, Institute of Advanced Study Budapest, University of Belgrade and University of Niš. You can view his full bio at https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ssees/people/eric-gordy

Dr Ivana Djuric

Email: ivana_duricatyahoo [dot] com

Dr Djuric is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Nottingham. Her most recent research deals with problems of reconstruction of post-conflict societies in Southeastern Europe/former Yugoslavia (Bosnia, Croatia and Kosovo). Dr Djuric's doctoral research dealt with minority refugee repatriation in Croatia in the period of 1995-2006.  She has had involvement with cases of Croatian refugees who are trying to reclaim their property in Croatia. She spent five years working in the governmental sector and international development, and continues to collaborate with practitioners as advisor and consultant, and on the development of various research projects.

Nadeane Helajzen

Email: kultureconsultingatgmail [dot] com

Nadeane is a Serbian Australian with an academic background in socio-cultural and medical anthropology. She is currently completing her PhD in Anthropology on hope and futurity in Serbia (this research engages with Roma, refugee and migrant rights). For the past 15 years she has worked as a consultant in post-conflict and developing nations across the Asia Pacific region, Africa and Eastern Europe. She brings to her work a depth of knowledge and analysis grounded in pragmatism and strategic thinking developed through many years as a practitioner. Her academic and professional engagement in her home country of Serbia is with the Roma and refugee populations. She has been working with refugees and ethnic minority people since 2001, this includes eight years experience in Papua New Guinea, the worlds most ethnographically diverse country.

Dr Robert M Hayden

Email: rhaydenatpitt [dot] edu

Robert M. Hayden, JD, PhD, is Professor of Anthropology, Law and PUblic & International Affairs at the University of PIttsburgh, USA. He has conducted research on social, legal and constitutional issues in the former Yugoslavia and its successor republics since 1981, is fluent in the languages once known collectively as Serbo-Croatian and now as "BCS" (Bosnian/ Croatian/ Serbian) and has substantial experience in refugee claims form the region. He has provided reports for immigration cases based on political oppression or social discrimination without effective government remedies in successor states to former Yugoslavia.

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).  

Dr Mladen Ostojić

Email: ostojicmladenatgmail [dot] com

Dr Mladen Ostojić is a political scientist with expertise in human rights, civil society and government policy making in Southeast Europe. Following the completion of his PhD at Queen Mary, University of London, he has held several postdoctoral fellowships and worked as a consultant for government, civil society organisations and donor agencies in Serbia. He has published extensively on transitional justice, civil society and governance issues in Serbia. Besides speaking Serbian, he is fluent in English, French and Spanish.

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.

Dr Branislav Radeljic

Email: B [dot] Radeljicatuel [dot] ac [dot] uk

Branislav Radeljić is Senior Lecturer in International Politics within the School of Social Sciences, University of East London. His main research interests focus on the study of European Union and Western Balkan politics. He has held visiting fellowships at the London School of Economics and Political Science, University of California at Berkeley, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Michigan and University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of Europe and the Collapse of Yugoslavia: The Role of Non-State Actors and European Diplomacy (2012), editor ofEurope and the post-Yugoslav Space (2013) and Debating European Identity: Bright Ideas, Dim Prospects (2014), and co-editor of Religion in the post-Yugoslav Context (2015). Outside academia, on an occasional basis, Branislav conducts research and provides consultancy services within his area of expertise.

ALERT: Serbia as a Safe Third County: A Wrong Presumption

The writing of this report was triggered by a significant increase in the number of asylum seekers returned by the Hungarian authorities to Serbia in 2011. Hungary modified its Asylum Act in December 2010 and introduced the concept of a safe third country among the criteria examined in the admissibility procedure. The result of this amendment is that asylum seekers arriving in Hungary through Serbia can be returned to Serbia without an in-merit examination of their claim. As the application of this concept concerns a significant number of asylum seekers in Hungary, the Hungarian Helsinki Committee (HHC) decided to examine whether the utilisation of the safe third country concept in relation to Serbia is justified.

Report: Hungarian Helsinki Committee, Sept. 2011

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