The course provides in-depth and up-to-date knowledge about the state of art in crime research in the Balkans, while introducing its participants to the basics of criminological methodology, phenomenology and etiology. It is part of the overall scientific programme of the Max Planck Partner Group for ‘Balkan Criminology’ - MPPG (www.balkan-criminology.eu) which is jointly established between the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg/Germany (www.mpicc.de) and the Faculty of Law - University of Zagreb/Croatia (www.pravo.hr) and funded by Germany’s leading research foundation - the Max Planck Society (www.mpg.de). The course serves as a platform for the dissimenation of criminological expertise gathered through the MPPG scientific activities: The MPPG research focuses (Violence, Organized Crime and Illegal Markets; Feelings and Perceptions of (In)Security and Crime; International Sentencing), as well as the expertise gathered at the annual conferences. This concept of transforming newest research findings and expertise from and for the region into transmittable knowledge for course participants ensures a holistic approach that combines education with science and research. The added value for course participants is, besides the knowledge itself, the networking opportunity with colleagues from the region and the possibility to present their PhD/Master/Diploma thesis before internationally and regionally renown experts.
*It is envisaged that the programme will offer 4 ECTS credits via the attendance certificate issued by the course director and IUC Dubrovnik, which are recognized by the Zagreb Faculty of Law (the accreditation procedure at the University of Zagreb – Faculty of Law is in process). Precondition is the regular attendance of the course and the deliverance of a participant presentation in oral and written form.