8th BMW Foundation Global Table

Building Rule of Law in Southeast Europe


17-20 Nov 2016, Jahorina

The many obstacles to building an effective rule of law system in Southeast Europe and other transformation economies are deeply and historically rooted. Countries such as Georgia have demonstrated the region’s potential for future growth by pushing through extensive police and institutional reforms. But Southeast Europe still has a long way to go.

The 8th BMW Foundation Global Table in Jahorina near Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, held in partnership with the European Fund for the Balkans, seeks to examine methods for building rule of law in Southeast Europe - to enhance accountability, promote institutional efficiency, and boost investment in the region. It facilitates a frank dialogue to develop frameworks for collaboration between local, national, regional, and international actors and explores possibilities for improving governance and reinforcing civic trust.


Our Goals

The 8th BMW Foundation Global Table promotes innovative and critical thinking within government, administration, local communities, the private sector, and civil society. We want to gain a better understanding of the local context and explore mechanisms for implementing governance reforms. We will focus on the challenges of enhancing the rule of law by engaging relevant stakeholders in the development of mutually beneficial and stable governance structures.

Key Questions

  • What are the main obstacles to building an effective rule of law system in transition economies?
  • What is needed for the implementation of administrative and judicial reforms and for ensuring institutional efficiency and civic trust?
  • How can we foster a favorable climate for foreign and domestic investments?
  • What kind of entrepreneurial approaches would help decentralize power?
  • How can we promote a better understanding for the local context and underlying causes of conflict?
  • What role(s) should foreign actors play to encourage the reform process without compromising state sovereignty?
  • What learnings from Southeast Europe can be adapted to tackle transformation challenges in other parts of the world, and vice versa?

About the BMW Foundation Global Table

The BMW Foundation Global Table engages decision-makers from Europe, the United States, emerging and transition economies in a strategic dialogue across sectors and generations. We want to raise awareness for the important of responsible leadership in solving global challenges. To this end, a confidential dialogue outside existing international frameworks invites all participants to be open to mutual interests and areas of convergence instead of focusing on preconceived positions. The second cycle of the BMW Foundation Global Table focuses on identifying new mechanisms for implementing an efficient governance framework. Featuring five Global Tables alternating between Europe and an emerging or transition economy, it will conclude with the 2nd Berlin Global Forum in November 2017.

Our partner for this event is the European Fund for the Balkans (EFB), a joint initiative of European foundations that envisions, runs and supports initiatives aimed at strengthening democracy, fostering European integration, and affirming the role of the Western Balkans in addressing Europe’s emerging challenges. As a relevant regional player, EFB will follow up on the content produced throughout the discussions and embed the recommendations in its programs aimed at contributing to democratic development in the Western Balkans countries.

The 8th BMW Foundation Global Table is supported by the Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence and the Robert Bosch Stiftung.