Serbia: Students for Economic and Environmental Justice (SEEJ)

Anne and Ryan with AC team in Oaxaca, Mexico, Summer 2011

Through both our Strategic Support and Training Programs, Accountability Counsel completed a successful two-semester collaboration with students at Berkeley Law through a project with Students for Economic and Environmental Justice (“SEEJ”).  Two of the four leaders of the project, Anne Bellows and Ryan Shaening-Pokrasso, were Summer 2011 Law Fellows with Accountability Counsel who wanted to continue their work learning about and supporting communities to use accountability mechanisms.  The collaboration involved Accountability Counsel’s training of students in the clinic regarding how to work with client communities, conduct fact-finding, conduct policy analysis, and draft complaints.

Under our supervision, students worked closely with our partner organizations in Serbia, CEE Bankwatch Network and CEKOR, resulting in the full support for the organization in their complaint to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). The EBRD registered the complaint on October 29, 2013.

Through work with law students we hope to train the next generation of lawyers on the effective use of IFI accountability mechanisms.

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