Desara Dushi

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. 


CAS SEE Seminars With Guests: Narine Harutyunyan Brod

On Thursday, April 22nd at 10 am (CET) we hosted CAS SEE Weekly Seminar with Narine Harutyunyan Brod on “Regulating Genetic Technologies: The Future of Human Reproduction“.

The seminar is presented and moderated by CAS SEE Fellow Desara Dushi.

The Seminar covers the issues related to modern-day reproduction through assisted reproductive technologies. New genetic technologies now allow potential parents to choose between a wide range of reproductive alternatives. One of the greatest benefits of these technologies is the ability to provide future parents with genetic information about the health status of their unborn children, which can be used to reduce births of children with severely disabling genetic diseases, or to alleviate or cure their painful and progressive genetic diseases. However, reproductive alternatives offered by new biotechnologies can often go beyond the medical necessity. The Seminar will focus on the main human rights issues that arise in parallel with the technological advancements in the field of human reproduction. 

Narine Harutyunyan Brod specialized in Medical Law and Bioethics, with a particular focus on reproductive rights. She has recently obtained a Ph.D. degree in ‘Law, Science and Technology’ from the University of Bologna, Italy. Her research interests and skills also encompass European, International, and comparative law for gene editing, preimplantation (prenatal) technologies, as well as commodification debates related to genetic technologies. Narine has been a visiting researcher at the University of Zurich and the Leibniz University. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., she has built a career as a legal expert at the Ministry of Justice of Armenia, where she analyzed and provided expert opinions on draft laws and regulations in the field of social legislation.



Spring 2021 CAS SEE Fellowship recipients

The Center for Advanced Studies of Southeastern Europe (CAS SEE) is pleased to announce the 13th generation of fellows, recipients of the Spring 2021 CAS SEE Fellowship Awards at the University of Rijeka. The purpose of the CAS SEE Fellowship Programme is to further the research and creative work in the fields of the humanities and humanistic social sciences in the Balkans and to provide support for early-stage researchers. Inspired by the cooperation of previous generations of CAS SEE Fellows and their creation of long-term thematic synergies among researchers, the upcoming CAS SEE Fellowship will stimulate fellows to present their research in Rijeka and in the Moise Palace, new university premises in Cres, at the Cres Island. Alongside pursuing their independent research interests, fellows will attend regular CAS SEE regional conferences and seminars.

We congratulate the following CAS SEE Fellowship Awards, University of Rijeka recipients:

Valeria Graziano (Queen Mary University of London, UK)

Project – title: “Get Along Comrade – Tinkering as Care for Freedom”

Desara Dushi (University of Bologna, Italy and University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg)

Project – title: “The Impact of Judicial Reform and New Judicial Institutions in the Rule of Law and EU Integration in Albania”

Nikolina Židek (Complutense University of Madrid, Spain)

Project – title: “The Genie Out of the Bottle: Engagement of the Argentinean-Croat Diaspora in Homeland Politics (1990-today)”

Bojan Bilić (University College London, UK)

Project – title: “Unexpected Challenges to Trans Freedom: Transphobia in Serbian Leftist Activism”

Viktor Pál (University of Tampere, Finland)

Project – title: “Red Trash. The Concept of Waste in Communist Eastern Europe”

Miloš Ćipranić (Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade, Serbia)

Project – title: “The Statutes of Eastern Adriatic Communes in Space”

Marko Luka Zubčić (University of Rijeka, Croatia)

Project – title: “Institutional Epistemology of Open Order”

Gabriele Giacomini (University Vita-Salute San Raffaele in Milan, Italy)

Project – title: “The Utopia of “Rousseauian Democracy” in the Digital Age: A Liberal Critique”