Western Balkans Youth Conference, Hamza Preljević, Muhidin Mulalić

CALL FOR PAPERS - Western Balkans Youth Conference: We Share the European Goals and Values (WBYC'21)

BSC International Student Conference (BSCISC)

Western Balkans Youth Conference: We Share the European Goals and Values (WBYC'21)

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 31 May 2021



This conference aims to create a platform for the youth, students and recent graduates in arts, humanities, social sciences, and technical sciences to assess, explore and promote the EU values of the human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law, and human rights. The future of the young people in the Western Balkans is certainly in the EU; therefore they will be enabled in this conference to contribute towards the promotion of peace, individual well-being, freedom, justice, social inclusion, sustainable development, scientific and technological progress, economic cooperation and trade, and the respect for the EU common values and principles. The presenters at the conference are encouraged to explore interdisciplinary subject as to assess and evaluate the prospects and challenges of the Western Balkans on the road to the EU.

The conference seeks youth participation from all over the world to exchange their ideas and experience in an intellectually stimulating academic environment, at the International University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The fundamental objective of the conference is to provide students with an educational experience that prepares them for their future.

Here you can download a copy of the WBYC'20 Conference Proceedings


WBYC'21 welcomes papers from all disciplines within humanities, arts and social sciences, and technical sciences. Possible themes should match the following conference aims:

  1. Tackle the systems of governance in the Western Balkans in terms of openness, transparency, responsibility, effectiveness and administrative capacity;
  2. Encourage presenters to examine proactive role of the civil society in the Western Balkans with respect to the promotion of democratic citizenship, human rights, the rule of law and free elections;
  3. Assess the legislative, judicial and institutional reforms in the Western Balkans countries;
  4. Investigate regional cooperation, integration and interethnic relations;
  5. Explore the freedom of press and the role of the media in fostering the EU values;
  6. Assess security issues, including radicalism, extremism and terrorism;
  7. Examine the prospects for energy security in the Western Balkans and its integration into the EU energy system;
  8. Tackle the prospects for the development of projects in infrastructure, communications and transportation;
  9. Address cultural and historical disputes and promote peace and reconciliation;
  10. Explore security and the prospects for the NATO integration of the Western Balkans countries;
  11. Examine trade, commerce and economic cooperation in the Western Balkans and with the EU; and
  12. Promote youth cooperation, the exchange of views, experiences and findings among students and youth from the Western Balkans and the EU.


  1. The Prospects of the Western Balkans Countries in the EU;
  2. The Western Balkans in the EU: Compliance with Copenhagen Political, Economic and Legal Criteria;
  3. Regional Cooperation as a Path towards the Balkans Post-Conflict Peace-Building;
  4. Democratization and the System of Governance in the Western Balkans;
  5. Human Rights in the Western Balkans;
  6. Security Prospects and Challenges in the Western Balkans;
  7. The Legislative, Judicial and Institutional Reforms in the Western Balkans Countries;
  8. Technical and Scientific Cooperation in the Western Balkans;
  9. Civil Society and NGOs in the Western Balkans;
  10. Energy Politics: The EU-Western Balkans Energy Policies and Strategies;
  11. Foreign Direct Investments in the Western Balkans;
  12. Gendering the EU-Western Balkans Relations;
  13. The Great Power Politics in the Western Balkans;
  14. Geopolitics and the Western Balkans;
  15. The Western Balkans Bilateral Disputes;
  16. The Berlin Process;
  17. The EU-Western Balkans: Finance and Banking;
  18. The EU-Western Balkans: Communications and Telecommunications;
  19. Technological Networking;
  20. The EU Politics towards the Western Balkans;
  21. The EU Instruments for the Western Balkans Reconstruction, Development and Stabilization;
  22. The EU Transportation and Energy Projects in the Western Balkans;
  23. The EU and Identity Politics;
  24. The European Institutions;
  25. The EU Policies;
  26. The EU Political Participation and Representation; and 
  27. The EU Economic Policies. 


The Conference is organized by the Balkan Studies Center (BSC) of the International University of Sarajevo, and in cooperation with the Student Parliament at the International University of Sarajevo (SPIUS).


  • Prof. Dr. Muhidin Mulalić
  • Mr. Hamza Preljević


  • Amar Buljubašić, student representative
  • Selma Ibrekić, student representative
  • Amina Kahriman, student representative
  • Neira Zulić, student representative
  • Ajla Srna, student representative


  • Dr. Martin Mendelski
  • Bielefeld University, Germany

The Europeanisation of the Western Balkans

  • Dr. Emir Hadžikadunić
  • Senior Research Fellow, Islamic Renaissance Front (IRF), Malaysia
  • The former Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to Iran (2010-2013) and Malaysia (2016-2020)

No Credible Alternative to the US Grand Strategy in Europe



  • Prof. Dr. Muhidin Mulalić
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mehmed Ganić
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Aliye Fatma Mataracı
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ramo Palalić
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Joseph Jon Kaminski
  • Assist. Prof. Dr. Aliaksandr Novikau
  • Assist. Prof. Dr. Emil Knezović
  • Assist. Prof. Dr. Edib Smolo
  • Assist. Prof. Dr. Ena Kazić
  • Assist. Prof. Dr. Ervin Kovačević 
  • Assist. Prof. Dr. Šejma Aydin
  • Assist. Prof. Dr. Jahja Muhasilović
  • Assist. Prof. Dr. Selvira Draganović
  • Assist. Prof. Dr. Tarik Namas
  • Assist. Prof. Dr. Benjamin Duraković 


The program is designed for senior undergraduate and graduate students in humanities, social sciences, and technical sciences as well fresh graduates who are already working in the public and private sectors and who are interested in developing their knowledge and expertise in the topics offered by the WBYC'21.


Abstract submission

Organizers of the Conference welcome online submissions written in the official language of Bosnia and Herzegovina and/or the English language that are closely related to the areas specified in the call for papers. Abstracts should not exceed 250 words and they must clearly indicate the problem, objectives, research methods, results and conclusions. Submitted abstracts must adhere to the set format. Abstracts that exceed the word limit or include graphics and tables will be rejected.

Authors are also advised to proofread their abstracts because abstracts will be reproduced from the online submission. Any error in spelling, grammar or data will appear online or in print. Students are invited to submit their abstracts and biographical statement to bsc@ius.edu.ba by 22 March 2021. The biographical statement may not exceed 120 words. All participants should be aware that abstract submission does not guarantee inclusion in the program.

Paper submission guidelines

  1. Authors are requested to follow the set style and format.
  2. Papers must be in the official languages of Bosnia and Herzegovina or the English and should not exceed 10000 words.
  3. Papers must include, title, author name, affiliation or institution, abstract, key words and body of the paper.
  4. Papers must display original thought and ideas. They must make concrete references to existing scholarship in the related area.
  5. Citations and references should be made in accordance with the APA Style Manual.
  6. Papers must be double-spaced (with single-spacing used for block quotations). Margins should be 2.5 cm. or 1 inch from all sides.
  7. The first line of each paragraph should be indented. Block quotations should be indented 2.5 cm. or 1 inch from both the right and left margins.
  8. Paper must be submitted in Microsoft Word document file format.
  9. The text of the paper should be double-spaced with Times New Roman 12-point font; all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  10. Papers will be accepted only if they meet the requirements.

The Scientific Committee will assess the quality of papers and determine whether they will be suitable for publishing. Papers that have been previously presented or published will not be accepted. All submitted paper will undergo plagiarism checking by Turnitin software. Only the authors who submit their full papers within the specified deadline will be allowed to present at the Conference.

Presentation Guidelines

  1. The presentations can be presented in the official languages of Bosnia and Herzegovina or the English language.
  2. Each paper will be allotted 30 minutes, 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion. Presenters may prepare oral presentations or poster presentations.
  3. Due to time constrains, presenters will not be permitted to exceed the time allotted for their presentation and for the question and answer session.


All presenters will be enabled to present their paper online via Microsoft Teams platform. Authors must attend online conference and present their paper.


Certificate of attendance from the organizers.


No participation fee applied. All expenditures are covered by organizers, including the expenditures of publication.


Prospective applicants should send their abstracts (along with biographical statement) and papers to bsc@ius.edu.ba. The results of the selection process will be communicated via E-mail, within 10 working days following receipt of the application.


  • 15th December, 2021 – Applications open
  • 22nd March, 2021 – Abstract submission
  • 26th April, 2021 – Full paper submission
  • 31st May, 2021 – Conference Day



  • Mr. Hamza Preljević
  • Coordinator of the WBYC'21
  • Phone: +387 33 957 320
  • E-mail: hpreljevic@ius.edu.ba 


Join the conference using the link will be provided - HERE.