On Tuesday, November 12, Burch Diplomacy Club organized a guest lecture by Mr. Kasim Trnka, an expert in constitutional law, on the topic “Constituency of the People and Self-Determination” for its members, as well as International Burch University students and faculty.
Upon his arrival, Mr. Trnka was welcomed by Lejla Dautbašić, the vice-president of Burch Diplomacy Club, and prof. dr. Adis Maksić, the head of the Department of International Relations and European Studies, as well as prof. dr. Nataša Tandir, dean of Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences. The three held a brief welcome meeting upon the guest’s arrival.
During the lecture, Mr. Trnka first provided a brief introduction about his work and successes. Then, he discussed constitutional law and its importance, as well as the basics on how the law is implemented and how he worked as the judge, providing his experiences and work in that field.
On the topic of self-determination, Mr. Trnka mentioned an example of Bosnia and Herzegovina, though he explained that this term is not so developed nor known how to be defined and used generally. He mentioned entities in BiH, Republic of Srpska and Federation BiH, as well as District Brčko.
Professor Trnka talked about Dayton Agreement, as he was one of the actors involved in decision making of the peace agreement. He was also involved in the writing of the agreement, and he himself wrote a few points. During the lecture, students got insight about the making of Dayton Peace Agreement from another point of view.
Lastly, Mr. Trnka highlighted the importance of constituency in Bosnia and Herzegovina and differences in the people of the country, and how self-determination, even though it is not developed concept, plays a great role in the country. He commented on how to improve sustainability of BiH with a constitution it currently is based on.