Serbian Law Students Get Trained in Anti-Discrimination Law
To support the development of a legal clinic on anti-discrimination law at Belgrade Law School, PILnet organized a workshop on December 8 to improve understanding of anti-discrimination law and practice as well as enhance students' skills in drafting legal petitions and making legal arguments.
The interactive workshop included presentations, followed by case studies and small group work. Georgi Voynov and Daniela Fortunova (Bulgarian Helsinki Committee) provided a presentation on the standards established by the EU Race and Employment Directives, conceptualizing different forms of discrimination; Dordije Vukovic (Serbian legal expert) gave an overview of the Serbian Law on the Prohibition of Discrimination, which incorporates those standards into national legislation. The training was concluded with a case study, based on a real case concerning discrimination against people with physical disabilities. Exercises built around the case offered students practice in preparing petitions to Serbia's Commission on the Protection of Equality.
The event inspired students to improve the clinic and to devote themselves to helping protect the rights of disadvantaged groups in Serbia.