The ceremony of certificate handover was organized on 16 May 2019, jointly by the UNHCR in BiH and the Faculty of Law of the University in Sarajevo, and the Association Vasa Prava BiH.
More than 20 students successfully completed the UNHCR 2019 Refugee Law Clinic – a course which enables graduate students and students enrolled in master studies at the Law Faculty to gain theoretical and practical knowledge about international refugee law, the EU acquis on asylum, the asylum system in BiH and statelessness. The ceremony of certificate handover was organized on 16 May 2019, jointly by the UNHCR in BiH and the Faculty of Law of the University in Sarajevo, and the Association Vasa Prava BiH.
The clinic lasted five days, during which students had the opportunity to attend lectures of UNHCR staff but also the representatives of the Ministry of Security, the Association Vasa Prava BiH and Bosnia and Herzegovina Women’s Initiative (BHWI), who provided information on both legislation and practice in the asylum area.
Anne-Christine Eriksson, UNHCR Regional Representative for South Eastern Europe and Representative in BiH, said:
“In the current context of increased arrivals of refugees and migrants in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the right response is to reinforce awareness of the population on these issues. It is essential that young lawyers get the chance to learn about the rights and the needs of this population and we find that the Refugee Law Clinic has sparked great interest among students for many years.”
For many years UNHCR organised Refugee Law Clinics for Law students of various faculties in BiH. The primary purpose of the RLC is to raise awareness about the rights and the problems faced by asylum seekers, refugees and stateless persons. This also gives a rare opportunity for students to learn on the particular practice in this area of law. Furthermore, several of the students that take part in the Clinic later have the opportunity to undergo an internship at UNHCR.
During the ceremony of certificates, students emphasized that they are very grateful to UNHCR for the opportunity to acquire more knowledge on the international protection of refugees and stateless people.