KICK OFF MEETING
Kick off meeting of the project: “Legal Clinics for the Service of Vulnerable Groups: Enhancing the Employability of Law Students through Practical Education - ENEMLOS”, took place from 23 to 26 February 2020 in Hotel “Avala”, Budva. The Faculty of Law of the University of Montenegro, which is also the coordinator of the project, hosted this meeting.
In addition to the Dean of the Faculty of Law, prof. dr. Aneta Spaić, introductory speech was given by Vanja Drljević, Coordinator of the National “Erasmus +” Office and Mubera Kurpejović, Director General of the Directorate for Higher Education at the Ministry of Education of Montenegro.
The meeting was attended by all the ENEMLOS academic and non-academic partners, including representatives of the University of Zagreb Law School, Regent's University of London and the University of Warsaw, as the academic partners with extensive experience in the organization of clinical education of lawyers that will conduct trainings at the University of Montenegro and the law faculties from Kosovo participating in the project.
The meeting naturally also attended the implementation team of the Bar Chamber of Montenegro as the leading national non-academic partner necessary for the successful execution of the project. During the meeting, issues of immediate importance for the efficient organization and execution of the project were discussed. Primarily, the strict rules of “Erasmus +” financing programme were explained, as these presume very accurate distribution of available finances according to their purpose envisaged by the project proposal, as well as a trustworthy mechanism of financial reporting. However, the meeting also triggered initial conversation between the respective partner institutions regarding feasible challenges related to the project implementation.
The project is of particular importance for the development of the legal education system in Montenegro, because within this framework Montenegrin law students will have the opportunity, for the first time ever, to work with legal experts, i.e. under the guidance of renowned experts from the Montenegrin judiciary system. "Live clients" presume Montenegrin and Kosovo citizens in the need, particularly vulnerable groups which will have the opportunity to receive free legal aid provided by the law students at the faculties from Montenegro and Kosovo involved in this project.
The quality of the legal aid provided will be ensured by the participation of law schoolteachers and prominent judiciary experts from Montenegro and Kosovo.