After the opening ceremony on Saturday, March 7, 2020, the Balkan Youth School has officially launched its activities with the first set of lectures for the participants. The first module of the lectures at the Balkan Youth School was held by Assist. Prof. Dr. Enis Omerović from the University of Zenica, Faculty of Law. Professor Omerović, whose specialization is in the field of international law and criminal law, delivered the set of lectures on the subject: ‘‘Freedom of expression and hate speech: state’s response".
During the seminar students had the opportunity to be acquainted with the basic definition of freedom of expression, the definition of racism and intolerance, the behavior of the state towards freedom of expression, international conventions, and many other relevant terms.
Professor Omerović’s lectures also included discussions on practical examples of freedom of expression and hate speech and the response of the court of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the European Court of Human Rights.
The Balkan Youth School is an educational platform in the humanities, social and religious sciences. The study program is organized through modules, providing basic knowledge of history, human rights, international relations, political theories and issues, socio-political and religious issues, Ottoman history, arts and architecture, genocide studies, leadership and political thought.
The project is being implemented by the Balkan Studies Center of the International University of Sarajevo (IUS) and supported by The Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities (YTB).