Monthly Archives: June 2021

CAS SEE Seminars with Guests: Nertil Bërdufi

On Thursday, July 1st at 10 am (CET), we hosted CAS SEE Weekly Seminar with Nertil Bërdufi, presented by our fellow Desara Dushi. The seminar is entitled: “The impact of COVID-19 on cybercrime”.

Cybercrime consists of criminal acts committed online by using electronic communications networks and information systems. It is a borderless issue that leads to several complications in its investigation. Many types of crime, including terrorism, trafficking in human beings, child sexual abuse, and drug trafficking, have moved online or are facilitated online. As a consequence, most criminal investigations have a digital component. According to the most recent Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment (IOCTA), cybercrime is becoming more aggressive. This can be seen across the various forms of cybercrime, including high-tech crimes, data breaches, and sexual extortion. In this session, Nertil will provide an overview of the main cybercrime threats to date. A particular focus will be given to cybercrime threats within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, analyzing the impact on the criminal justice sector and beyond.

Dr. Nertil Bërdufi is an experienced lecturer with a demonstrated history of working in the legal services in Tirana, Albania. He has a PhD in Cybercrime and National security from University of Tirana and a Master of Laws – LLM in Rule of Law for Development (PROLAW) from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Nertil is the founder and Director of the Legal Clinic at University College Bedër, where together with his law students, provides free legal assistance to vulnerable categories of individuals. Nertil is also an expert for the evaluation of higher education institutions at the Ministry of Education and Sports and at the Quality Assurance Agency in Higher Education and a trainer in different projects in the field of countering violent extremism, cybercrime, international law and dispute resolution. 


European Forum – Cres: Dialogue on Regional Cooperation in Western Balkans

24. 6. 2021., 11am – 5pm CET

Moise Palace, Cres

European Forum – Cres is a platform for encounters among researchers in science and art, experts, decision-makers, representatives of institutions, civil society and economy, students, young people and the interested public, with the aim of discussing global and regional priorities which have been inadequately addressed in relevant institutional and public spaces.

The first dialogue taking place in the context of European Forum – Cres is dedicated to the establishment of coordinates for a new approach to cooperation among researchers and societies of Western Balkans/South East Europe, as articulated in the principles of the Berlin process, as well as in the Zagreb Declaration. This discussion on the framework and forms of scientific, cultural and wider social cooperation between Croatia and Serbia, is the foundation of the open academic dialogue and a necessary precondition for the conception of European Forum – Cres.

The participants of the first meeting of the European Forum – Cres are: Erhard Busek (Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe, Vienna, former Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Austria, Special Coordinator for the Stability Pact for South East Europe, and honorary professor of University of Rijeka), Vedran Džihić (Institute for International Affairs, University of Vienna), Hedvig Morvai (Erste Fundation, Vienna),Snježana Prijić Samaržija (University of Rijeka), Tvrtko Jakovina (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb), Hrvoje Klasić (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb), Vesna Pusić (former First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia, member of parliament of Croatia), Rajko Grlić (University of Ohio), Bojan Glavašević (member of parliament of Croatia), Veran Matić (Samizdat, B-92, Belgrade), Ivan Vejvoda (Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna, and Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade), Petar Bojanić (CAS SEE, University of Rijeka and Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade), Gazela Pudar Draško (Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade) and Milivoj Bešlin (Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade), Dražen Prelec (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan).

International Workshop: Interdisciplinary Perspectives On Decision-Making Processes

17-18 June, 2021

The University of Rijeka is organizing a scientific conference to foster an interdisciplinary dialogue about different aspects of decision-making processes. Decision-making is simultaneously an individual, collective, and institutional procedure, which is why this issue allows for interpretations from psychology, cognitive science, political philosophy, philosophy of science, epistemology, and philosophy of psychiatry. At the conference, we will question the quality of the decisions arising from the wisdom of crowds in democratic systems and the wisdom of the decisions made by smaller groups defined by prejudice. Debates will generally revolve around the quality of democratic decisions, trust in experts, critical thinking, science, and the sources of rationality and irrationality. We will also tackle the themes of self-reflection, deception, and self-deception, anti-social personalities, neuro-diversity, and the good life.

The conference welcomes three keynote speakers: Dražen Prelec (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan), Danica Mijović Prelec (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan), Mirta Galešić (Santa Fe Institute), and scientists from the University of Rijeka.




EVENINGS AT THE MOISE: “Glagolitic in the Cres-Lošinj archipelago”

On Thursday, June 3rd, professor dr. sc. Sanja Zubčić from the Department of Croatian Studies, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Rijeka gave a lecture “Glagolitic in the Cres-Lošinj archipelago” at the Moise palace.

After the lecture, a discussion developed and the local community from Cres presented some data and stories that were not known to researchers so far, and once again it was shown that the local community preserves many hidden knowledge that can help in research.

The lecture is available for watching at Moise Palace Facebook page:


CAS SEE Seminars with Guests: Massimo Durante

On Thursday, June 10th at 10 am (CET), we hosted CAS SEE Weekly Seminar with Professor Massimo Durante, presented by our fellow Gabriele Giacomini. The seminar is entitled: “Computational Power. The Impact of ICT on Law, Society and Knowledge”.

We delegate more and more decisions and tasks to artificial agents, machine-learning mechanisms, and algorithmic procedures or, in other words, to computational systems. The current digital revolution based on computational power is chiefly an everyday revolution. It is therefore profound, unnoticed and widespread, for it affects our customary habits and routines and alters the very texture of our day-to-day lives. 

This opens a precise line of inquiry, which constitutes the basic thesis by Massimo Durante: our computational power is exercised by trying to adapt not just the world but also our representation of reality to how computationally based ICTs work. The impact of this technology is such that it does not leave things as they are: it changes the nature of agents, habits, objects and institutions and hence it subverts the existing order, without necessarily generating a new one. Durante argues that this power is often not distributed in an egalitarian manner but, on the contrary, is likely to result in concentrations of wealth, in dominant positions or in unjust competitive advantages. This opens up a struggle, with respect to which the task of reaffirming the fundamental values, the guiding principles, the priorities and the rules of the game, which can transform, or attempt to transform, a fierce confrontation between enemies in a fair competition between opponents rests on us.

Massimo Durante is Professor in Philosophy of Law and Legal Informatics at the Department of Law, University of Turin, Italy. He is coordinator of the Turin Unit of Research for the Law, Science and Technology Joint Doctorate: Rights of the Internet of Everything. His current research concerns issues of law and technology and digital governance from a legal, ethical, and epistemological perspective.

Watch the CAS SEE Weekly Seminar with Massimo Durante:

Program of the “Equality and Citizenship 2021” Summer School

Summer School Equality and Citizenship

Summer school program and full schedule is available at the following link: Equality and Citizenship 2021

The Center for Advanced Studies Southeast Europe, the University of Rijeka, the University’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and its Department of Philosophy are organizing the seventh edition of their Summer School on Equality and Citizenship.

This Summer School does not reproduce the familiar educational format of a university course. Instead, it consists of several Author-Meets-Critics symposia dedicated to a prominent author’s publications and present research. Within the School’s model, the leading participants hold lectures on their latest work or recount a recently published book. After the academics partaking in the symposium have presented their papers responding to the principal authors’ research, the keynote speakers reply to their critiques and comments.

This year’s leading participants are:

Prof. Ingrid Robeyns, University of Utrecht

Dr. Collis Tahzib, University of Oxford

Dr. Ivan Cerovac, University of Rijeka

The Summer School pertains primarily to post-doctoral and doctoral researchers, who are invited to contribute to arguments by commenting and asking informed questions. Moreover, post-doctoral and doctoral students who have participated in the School’s previous editions are invited to propose presenting their articles at the symposia. Post-doctoral and doctoral students alone can obtain certificates of participation that describe their engagement at the Summer School.

This year’s Summer School will take place from July 12th to July 16th, 2021, via Zoom.


Participation in the Summer School is free of charge. Active participants should provide their full name, affiliation, and their talk’s title by July 4th. They should also indicate in which Author-Meets-Critics symposium they wish to participate. It is possible to present a paper at more than one symposium. Passive participants can apply by providing their full name and affiliation by July 9th. Potential participants should send all applications by email to

If you require any further details, please contact us at

Updated information regarding the Summer School will soon be available at, on the Projects – Summer School Equality and Citizenship pages.

Summer School Directors

Elvio Baccarini, University of Rijeka

Snježana Prijić-Samaržija, University of Rijeka

Nebojša Zelič, University of Rijeka

Organization Board

Ivan Cerovac, University of Rijeka

Ana Gavran Miloš, University of Rijeka

Hana Samaržija, University of Zagreb

Viktor Ivanković, CEU Budapest

Kristina Lekić Barunćić, University of Rijeka

Andrea Mešanović, University of Rijeka