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.

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Description of Work

The HUMSEC project is a Sixth Framework Programme coordination action that intend to promote and support the networking and coordination of research on the impact of transnational terrorist and criminal organisations on the peace-building process of the Western Balkan region.

The project activities are structured into seven working packages (WP), including support activities and management activities:

The Start-up phase (WP1) comprises the background preparatory work necessary for the start-up of the network activities.

Under the project umbrella, each of the three HUMSEC workpackages (WP2, WP3 and WP4) is dedicated to one of the three major thematic. The partner institutions are distributed in the three HUMSEC working groups (WP2, WP3, WP4):

  1. comprises the Tilburg University (Team Coordinator), the Max Plank Society, the University of Ljubljana, the Cardiff University and the University of Toulouse.
  2. comprises the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (Team Coordinator), the Danish Centre for International Studies and Human Rights, the University of Montenegro, the University of Sarajevo, the University of Graz and the University of Shkoder.
  3. comprises the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights (Team Coordinator), the European Training and Research centre for Human Rights and Democracy, the University of Prishtina, the Portuguese Institute for International Relations and Security and the University of Zagreb.

Each thematic group will take up the preparation of one of the three annual conferences. In order to maximize the impact of the project in the region, the conferences will be held in the Balkan region. Primary objectives of the conference are to assess the state of the art, promote research cooperation and discussion of results and suggest policy recommendations. In the wider framework of the network they will also contribute to the discussion on the results from the other areas and mutually link their research efforts where this seems useful and feasible.

Two types of activities are foreseen to provide a basis for the annual conferences:

The Summer Academies (WP5) are designed as 10-day-courses for postgraduate students, young professionals, young researchers and representatives of NGOs. Through the organisation of an annual summer academy, the network aims to bring the scientific discourse closer to the civil society, to strengthen democratic principles and to raise awareness by means of human rights education and education for democratic citizenship on the danger that transnational terrorist and criminal organizations are for the society and for the reconstruction process in the Western Balkan region. The academies, which will be organised in Graz by the ETC, will be held by experts nominated by the partner institutions and by external experts, especially in the field of human rights education and education for democratic citizenship.

The Dissemination package (WP6) aims to disseminate the results of the network activities. The project coordinator produced and maintains the internet platform, where the working paper series, the online journal and information about the network and its activities are and will be published. At least five working papers will be selected by the conference’s leading team for presentation to the annual conference and will be then published on the project website.

The journal, which will be produced by the ETC, aims to widen the discussion on the issue of human security in general and in particular on the impact of transnational terrorist and criminal organisations on the peace-building process of the Western Balkan region. Particular attention is paid on the publication of papers from young scientists.

Moreover a state of the art book, which will contain an assessment of the state of the art, will be published at the end of the project. To spread the project results contained in the state of the art book and to present to the policy-makers the policy recommendations elaborated a dissemination meeting will be organised in Brussels at the end of the project

The Project Management package (WP7) is dedicated to the monitoring of the progress and dissemination results and the financial administration of the consortium. Basis for the manage-ment activities, which will be carried out by the project coordinator, will be the contract with the commission and the consortium agreement.