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The LPC is a non-governmental organization founded in 1997 to work on law related projects both locally and globally. The main principle guiding our legal projects is to keep them separate from politics while simultaneously responding to the urgent needs people have. The Center focuses particularly on the following areas:
· Protecting the environment;
· Human rights;
· International criminal law and constructing an International Criminal Court;
· Freedom of religion and preventing violence undertaken by religious cults within small geographical religions;
- And preventing ethnicconflicts
The Law Project Center is a full member of the Coalition for an International Criminal Court CICC (based in the United Nations in New York City), non-governmental organizations (Young for HABITAT II and AGENDE 21). The LPC cooperates with the Environmental Law Institute (ELI in Washington D.C.) and the World Alliance for Environmental Law (WAEL), the Law Center in New Delhi, the Young leaders of the UN and also with other organizations and research institutes around the World.
The LPC was also represented at the United Nations Diplomatic Conference of Plenipotentiaries on the Establishment of an International Criminal Court held in Rome from June 15th through June 17th and again on July 1998 on the ollowing sessions:
· UN Preparatory Commission for an International Criminal Court
(November 17th through 29th and also in the December 1999) Third session;
· UN Preparatory Commission for an International Criminal Court
(New York, UN July 13th through July 23rd and also on August 13th 1999);
Second session UN Preparatory Commission for an International Criminal Court
( New York, UN February 16-26th 1999)
· First session UN Preparatory Committee for International Criminal Court
(New York, UN March 3rd through March 16th April 1998)
· Fifth session UN Preparatory Committee for International Criminal Court
(New York, USA, 19 August 1997 August) Fourth session;
· And also the UN Preparatory Committee for International Criminal Court, 1997
(New York, USA, February 28th) Third session.
In accordance with operative paragraph 7 of the United Nations General Assembly, Resolution 53/105, a representative of Law Project Center Yugoslavia may also attend forthcoming sessions of the Preparatory Committee or Preparatory Commission of United Nations for an International Criminal Court.
Members of the Executive board of the Law Projects Center :
Mr. Darko Trifunovic
Mr. Ugljesa Jeremic- Vice President
Ms. Biljana Eleni Koteska - Secretary General (Belgrade)
Ms. Iva Djindjic (Belgrade)
Ms. Marija Spasic (Belgrade)
Ms. Milica Gavrilovic (Belgrade)
Mr. Branko Tanovic-Computer section (Belgrade)
Mr. Milosh Zorica - Art director & director of the LPC Belgrade Office (Belgrade)
Ms. Jill Louise Starr - Director of the LPC New York Office (New York)
Mr. Dragan Racic (Banja Luka)
Mr. Tobias Laizer - Director of the LPC Dar Es-Salaam Office (Dar Es-Salaam)
Mr. Radovan Radojcic - Deputy Representative LPC-NY (New York)
Members of the LPC Counseling Committee:
Dragan Simeunovic Ph.D. ;
Professor Slavoljub Popovic Expert on the U.N., Ph.D;
Professor Mitar Kokolj Ph.D;
Professor Branimir Aleksandric Ph.D;
Ms. Gordana Brun - Adviser to the Minister for Ecology of Serbia;
Ms. Gordana Milicevic - Head of the Department in the Federal Ministry.
Project of Kosovo and Metohija
This project explores possibilities for building bridges of confidenceamong different ethnic social groupings in the region by encouraging ethnic groups to work together in developing the economy. The Credit Union will establish a special fund in allowing private enterprise to flourish thus improving employment opportunities for residents to enhance their incomes. Seminars will provide educational opportunities for the residents to learn business practices together.
Protecting the Environment
This project aims to establish a more substantial environmental law while raising people's awareness of the importance of protecting the environment. Environmental education will be used as one of many tools for this purpose.
International Criminal Court
This principle behind this project is actively participating in the Preparatory Committee of the United Nations and its associated Coalition for International Criminal Court. One of the objectives for the Law Projects Center is to collect necessary information and evidence about war crimes committed on the territory of the former Yugoslavia as well as to organize a lecture series about them at the International Criminal Court.
Freedom of Religion and the Status of Religious Groups
This projects is an active part of legislative procedure on law regarding religious communities and its various activities with respect to promoting SRJ law.
The Law Projects Center in Yugoslavia is one of
founding members of the Yugoslav Coalition for an International Criminal Court
YCICC. The Law Projects Center Yugoslavia is also a founding member of the
Yugoslav Coalition for an International Criminal Court (YCICC NEW).
The Yugoslav NGO Coalition for Establishing an International Criminal Court's primary reason for existence (YCICC) is to establish an International Criminal Court which would act effectively as an independent legal body. Simultaneously, it (YCICC) would both advocate and promote ideas about the ICC among Yugoslav citizens.
NGO's around the world are also involved in the same activities as the YCICC in working with the CICC to establish an Int'l Criminal Court. The work of the CICC includes many legal experts on international criminal law, a new branch of law. Their main task is to agree after undertaking high level diplomatic legal discourse, upon an acceptable text of rules eventually becoming the basis for a new Statute of ICC law. The ICC Statute would then be signed and ratified. And this constitutes the key tasks laying ahead for the YCICC in supporting the ICC.
The YCICC also will be giving information to the citizenry about its activities connected with establishing an international criminal court. Until the conference held in Rome, the YCICC coalition was the only coalition in the world seated in New York City. The first part of its task was completed with great success when considering that 120 countries would vote to establish an ICC.
The second part of our task has just begun. It deals with the signing and ratifying of the ICC Statute. So far only 62 countries have signed the ICC statute. Hence, a decision was made to divide the work of the coalition among the different world continents and/or countries and to assign a coordinator to each.
A coordinator will be assigned to each country such as France, Belgium, Austria the United Kingdom and to also many others already establishing their own national coalitions. The Yugoslav coalition is formed by the following NGO's:
· Center for South Eastern Europe;
· The Law Projects Center in Yugoslavia;
· The Balkan's Association for Criminal Law;
· ELSA (European Law Students Association) Yugoslavia;
· The Association for Criminal Law of Serbia;
· The Association for Science and Society;
· The Association for the Anti-Fascists of Yugoslavia;
· The Association of War Prisoners and Victims of Torture.
President of the YCICC is
Professor Dragan Simeunovic Ph.D.
Deputy President of YCICC is Profeessor Djordje Lazin Ph.D.
Secretary General of YCICC is Darko Trifunovic M.S.L.
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