Youth Engagement

Activities directed at both young people and history educators in the former Yugoslavia have been developed as part of the MIP, to broaden the understanding by the region’s youth of the crimes committed during the conflicts of the 1990’s.

The MIP’s youth engagement activities adopt a modern and inclusive approach, offering young people an opportunity to be informed, to discuss these important topics, and to better understand their countries’ recent past.

Inter-University Video Lectures Programme

The Inter-University Video Lectures Programme, entitled “International Law and Facts Established before the ICTY”, aims to improve the knowledge of law students from the former Yugoslavia about these crimes and how they were addressed by the ICTY. It brings together law students from universities across the region to participate in real-time lectures delivered by Principals and senior professionals from the Mechanism.

These lectures not only build the students’ knowledge, capacity, and understanding of international criminal law and international humanitarian law, but also serve as a platform for genuine dialogue between law students from the countries of the former Yugoslavia.

To date, law students from the following universities have taken part in the Inter-University Video Lectures Programme:

  • University of Donja Gorica,
  • University of Niš,
  • University of Podgorica,
  • University of Priština,
  • University of Sarajevo,
  • Ss. Cyril and Methodius University of Skoplje,
  • University of Vitez, and
  • University of Zagreb.

Trainings for History Educators

As part of its commitment to engage with young people in the region, a series of workshops has been developed for history teachers and educators to train them on the use of the archives of the ICTY and the Mechanism.

The goal of the Trainings for History Educators is to enhance the skills and knowledge of those who teach history in the region of the former Yugoslavia so that they can educate their students about the events during the 1990’s conflicts and the crimes that were committed. Once trained, these teachers and educators are better equipped to develop fact-based and engaging lectures about the region’s recent past, using documents and judicially established facts from both ICTY and Mechanism cases.

The workshops and teaching materials were developed in co-operation with the European Association of History Teachers (EUROCLIO) and associations of history educators from the countries of the former Yugoslavia.