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About the Project

The HUMSEC Project is a Sixth Framework Programme Coordination Action, whose purpose is to contribute to a better understanding of the link between transnational terrorist groups and criminal organisations in the Western Balkans and their role in the peace-building process in the region.

Main purpose of HUMSEC is to establish a network of scientists working in the project field and to enhance the dialogue between scientists from the European Union and the Western Balkan region. Particular attention has been paid in the composition of the consortium on the variety and equal distribution of scientific disciplines (the consortium consists of universities and research institutes of criminal law, international law and criminology as well as human rights centres) to allow a truly interdisciplinary scientific dialog.

Within the project framework three major issues are identified and each HUMSEC workpackage will be dedicated to the report and the implementation of the state of the art on one of this focal issues:

  • the connection between transnational terrorist and criminal organisations in the Western Balkan region;
  • the influence on the state and society;
  • the impact of transnational terrorist and criminal organisations on the peace-building process of the region.

Dissemination of research for civil society and for future political leaders will be guaranteed through: the publication of the working papers that will be presented at the network Annual Conferences on the project website; the creation of a project related online journal, which will be published yearly; the organisation of three summer academies which has the aim to present and discuss the results of the Annual Conferences among young professionals and provide in this way the basis for capacity building in the field of the project; the presentation of a state of the art book to summarize and present the results of the network activities.



The HUMSEC project is supported by the European Commission under the Sixth Framework Programme "Integrating and Strengthening the European Research Area". The homepage is managed by the European Training and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy - ETC Graz.