Panel 1

Governance – Rule of Law in the Western Balkans

Jiří Kocian

Jiří Kocian is an Analyst for the Association for International Affairs. He also works as a Researcher and Lecturer at the Institute of International Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, from which he holds his Master’s degree. His research has been focused on political transitions in Romania and the Balkans after 1989, minority policies in the former Yugoslavia and former Eastern Bloc.

Vedran Džihić

Vedran Džihić is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Vienna, Researcher at OIIP–Austrian Institute for International Affairs and Co-Director of Center for Advanced Studies, South East Europe. He has received his Master’s degree and his PhD from the University of Vienna. He has been an Austrian Marshal Fund Fellow at the Centre for Transatlantic Relations of the School of Advanced International Relations, Johns Hopkins University. Vedran Džihić has been Senior Researcher and Chief of Party of the project Transformation and Democratization of the Balkans POTREBA. He is the Author of several monographs, numerous articles, book chapters and policy papers.

Labinot Greiçevci

Labinot Greiçevci is an Executive Director at Research Institute of Development and European Affairs. His teaching and research subjects include International State-building, External Affairs of the EU, and the EU and the West Balkans. He received his BA in Political Science at Prishtina University, MA in European Politics and Public Policy from Manchester University and his PhD degree in Political Science from Ghent University. He also has held research posts at the Manchester University, VU University Amsterdam and Oxford University. Labinot Greiçevci has also served as a Consultant to the Office of the Prime Minister of Kosovo.

Filip Tesař

Filip Tesař is an External Researcher for Institute of International Relations. He holds a Master’s degree from Institute of Ethnology at Charles University where he is currently a Post-graduate Student. He specializes at Balkan, ethnicity and nationality and ethnic conflicts. He has published various articles and studies as well as a book concerning ethnic conflicts. Filip Tesař is lecturing at various universities in the Czech Republic. He has worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. Currently, he serves as a Translator for Czech Embassy in Croatia.

Marija Vuksanovic

Marija Vuksanovic graduated at the Law Faculty in Podgorica, University of Montenegro. She has been dealing with CSO human rights-based projects and programmes since 2009. From 2011, Marija Vuksanovic is working in the Centre for Democracy and Human Rights – CEDEM as a Project Manager. She has been involved in numerous projects related to justice reform and social inclusion. She is also a Member of CEDEM Team for Monitoring of Criminal Justice in Montenegro and Co-Editor for judiciary in the national NGO Coalition for monitoring of accession negotiations in the Chapter 23. Marija Vuksanovic is the Author and Co-Author of several publications and monitoring reports in the field of judicial reform, human rights and citizen participation.