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Sarajevo is steeped in history; starting from the Old Town and working your way out, the Ottoman, Austro-Hungarian, and finally communist architecture are all present. Sarajevo is where Archduke Franz Ferdinand I, heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, was assassinated in 1914 with his wife Sophia, sparking World War I. Later, it was the host city of the 1984 Winter Olympics while still part of Yugoslavia. Finally, from 1992-1996, it was a city under siege — the longest siege of a capitol city in the history of modern warfare. According to Lonely Planet, Sarajevo displays “…its cultural riches with insouciance, Sarajevo moves to the rhythm of an Austrian waltz with a Slavic lilt and a Turkish flourish in its architecture, thriving arts scene and temperament it betrays evidence of all three.

 It's a neatly contained and walkable city, hemmed in within the leafy valley of the Miljacka River. The old city, based on Bašcarija, has long been the redoubt of poets, filmmakers, authors, and musicians.” This is a city where East meets West, where one will find Mosques, Catholic Churches and Serbian Orthodox Churches existing together. While in Sarajevo, eat cevapi, drink Bosnian coffee, and enjoy the night life. I've been here twice, and I highly recommend visiting Sarajevo.


The ISSS ALUMNI NETWORK has over 200 motivated young professionals who have a strong background and interest in DISCOVERING, STUDYING AND EXPERIENCING the intriguing issues of Rule of Law, Human Rights, Democracy and Transitional Justice. Here is the list of our alumni.

Members of the ISSS ALUMNI NETWORK are former International Summer School Sarajevo participants.

They all came to International Summer Schools Sarajevo as students pursuing their MA and PhD studies at prominent Universities from Europe and world like Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, University of Graz, Linkoping University, Sweden, Universite Robert Schuman, Strasbourg, University of Sofia “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Sofia, Bulgaria, Universite Robert Schuman, Strasbourg, Radboud University Nijmegen, MALS Georgetown University, Oxford University/ Nottingham University, University of Sarajevo/Bologna, University of Florence, Italy, University of Southampton, Southampton, Hampshire, UK, Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, St. John’s University, New York, Rome Campus, King's College London, UK, La Sorbonne, Paris, France and many others. A number of them came to ISSS as young professionals working in topic related fields.

ISSS ALUMNI NETWORK MEMBERS are future decision makers, young leaders and professionals in academia, NGOs and government trying to make a change worldwide. The amount of their experience in extracurricular activities such as various competitions, moot court, within think-tanks and their professional experience present a challenge to every lecturer. ISSS ALUMNI NETWORK members are nationals of Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brasil, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Kyrgistan, Macedonia, Malta, Montenegro, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, the UK and the US.