Pilot Master Program – Spring School Law and Gender was organized from May 22nd to June 5th 2023, by the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law with the support of the OSCE Mission in Serbia in a hybrid format (at the premises of the Faculty of Law and online). The School featured a series of mandatory and optional lectures focusing on gender perspectives within various branches of law, followed by interactive discussions.
Over 80 participants that count students, members of the academic community, lawyers as well as practitioners from different parts of the world attended the school, including Vietnam, China, Russia, India, Italy, France, Brazil, Iran, Albania, Croatia, and Serbia. A total of 69 participants successfully completed the program and received certificates of successful completion.
Among lecturers at the Spring school were four members of the ALF team, namely Bojan Spaić and Miodrag Jovanović, Marija Vlajković, and Mila Đorđević.
Lectures of Prof. Jovanović and Assoc. Prof. Spaić were part of the mandatory course “Feminist Political and Legal Theories”. Prof. Jovanović’s lecture “Gender (and) Law as a Branch of Law?” initiated lively discussion about the most suitable way for drawing a link between gender and law, as well as about the question whose task it is to form a new legal branch. Assoc. Prof. Spaić discussed “Feminist Legal Theories” by providing an overview of outsider jurisprudence and critical legal studies, emphasizing differences between liberal, radical, and intersectional feminist movements and sharing the inspiring story of Lidia Poët, the first Italian female lawyer.
Within the mandatory course “International and European Law and Gender Equality”, Assist. Marija Vlajković delivered a lecture on “Gender Equality Perspective in EU Law” highlighting relevant legal provisions within the EU legal and political system that promote gender perspectives. Assist. Mila Đorđević contributed to the optional course “Sociology of Law and Gender Equality” presenting the topic “Gender Inequalities with reference to Serbia” which focused on examining various aspects of feminization of poverty and provided empirical data specific to Serbia.
In addition to the ALF academic members, Miona Mina Vukanić and Petar Pavlović, members of the ALF project Administrative team, administered the course and provided technical assistance and support throughout the two-week Spring School.
The “Spring School Law and Gender” successfully offered a platform for international exchange and academic discourse on the intersection of law and gender, contributing to the ongoing efforts in advancing gender equality within legal systems.