UNHCR Office in Montenegro and the Faculty of Law of the University of Montenegro signed a memorandum of understanding for inclusion of International Protection in the curricula of the future post-graduate International Public Law studies. Only this year, the Legal Clinic will familiarize 46 future legal practitioners with UNHCR’s mandate and give them basic knowledge about issues such as statelessness and asylum.
Since 2007, when the first Legal Clinic was organized with the participation of four students, UNHCR’s cooperation with the Law Faculty has been gradually strengthened to a mutual satisfaction.

Students will also visit refugee settlements such as Konik camps, where thousands of Roma refugees from Kosovo live together with local Montenegrin Roma in deteriorated conditions. Though the Legal Clinic’s students share the capital city with the Roma community, few have had direct contacts with the suburban settlement residents, who face challenges to regulate their stay in Montenegro.

Montenegro has taken significant steps to resolve the legal status of the some 17.000 former Yugoslavian refugees still hosted in Montenegro. Out of them, some 3.000 belong to the Roma, Askhali and Egyptian communities. The government’s recent accomplishments and the remaining challenges to guarantee an effective local integration for those who wish to stay in Montenegro will also be discussed with students during the Legal Clinics. The importance of birth registration and personal documentation to access rights such as employment and health care will be analyzed and explored by the participants in the Legal Clinic.