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History of SEE LJ

 

The SEE Law Journal is an English language journal of the South East European Law School Network (SEELS), and was originally established by the network with the support of the Deutsche GesellschaftfürInternationaleZusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Open Regional Fund for South East Europe-Legal Reform. Both the first (January 2014) and the second edition (November 2014) were issued with the aforementioned support. The original concept of the SEE Law Journal was constructed in such manner to make available to a global audience a unique, namely South East European perspective on the vibrantly evolving regional systems, traditions and innovations of law in the context of its historical, economic and political‐legal transformation. As such, the SEE Law Journal aimed to provide for a highly valuable, transnational platform which planned to bring together the scholars and academics and to engage them in thought exchange regarding the challenges and possibilities arising from the unique historical and geographical context. This concept will be preserved and reflected in the upcoming issues of the journal too.

From its conception until early 2017 the SEE LJ published 3 editions of high‐quality original papers which were result of the efforts and the scientific work of the academics of the SEELS network. In this time we were able to identify in practice, what are the strengths, unique qualities as well as the limitations of the journal, which enabled us to create a strategy for the overall improvement of the publication. 

It all resulted in late 2015 when the project “Strengthening EU Legal Studies in South East Europe” was awarded from the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. Starting from September 2016 until August 2019 the development and maintenance of the SEE Law Journal is going to be co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. This support is used for further development of the SEE Journal, including: the creation of a separate SEE Law Journal website; dissemination of information and communication in regards to the SEE Law Journal with the relevant EU based research institutions and higher institutions; increasing the visibility of the researchers of EU Law in the Western Balkans through various set of activities and conduction of the EU Law Days in all of the SEELS member faculties, production of 4 new issues of the SEE LJ etc. As a final outcome of the project we expect to strengthen the capacities of SEELS as a key competence centre for EU Law studies in the region of South East Europe, as well as Faculties’ capacities for EU legal studies. The project is expected to increase the visibility of SEELS and will foster the SEE Law Journal to become the main vehicle for the promotion of EU Law affairs in South East Europe.