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Burch Diplomacy Club Organized Bosnia’s First Simulation of the House of Representatives
Mar 06, 2017

Burch Diplomacy Club Organized Bosnia’s First Simulation of the House of Representatives

Burch Diplomacy Club organized a simulation of the House of Representatives of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at the International Burch University.


Burch Diplomacy Club organized a simulation of the House of Representatives of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at the International Burch University.

Thirty students from various faculties of the University in Banja Luka, the University in Sarajevo, and International Burch University participated in this first ever simulation.

The primary objective of this simulation, per the president of the Burch Diplomacy Club, Amer Kurtović, was to „familiarize students, future leaders of our country, with the work of one of the most important, if not the most important institution in Bosnia and Herzegovina in an authentic way,” and prove that it is possible to compromise and adopt a law that Bosnia and Herzegovina is in a great need of.

Each participant took the role of one of the 42 representatives of the House of Representatives, researched about her/him, presented her/his attitudes in a debate, and successfully passed the Law on Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Bosnia and Herzegovina is the only country in the region that has no Law on Foreign Affairs, but only a tripartite Presidency document entitled “General Directions and Priorities for the Implementation of the Foreign Policy of Bosnia and Herzegovina,” which was adopted back in 2002.

“The fact that we could remain true to our roles as representatives from different political parties, and still agree on and finally adopt the Law is the evidence that everything is possible when there is sufficient political and personal will. We had dozens of amendments, but we adopted approximately only ten of them. Nonetheless, we were able to reach the common ground and adopt this Law, which is in the best interest of our country,” stated Mersiha Jaskić, student at the Department of international relations and European studies at International Burch University. The Law on Foreign Affairs regulates the work, structure, and other aspects of various institutions that deal with foreign affairs, methods of keeping the foreign policy, and the training of experts for performing activities related to foreign affairs and foreign policy.

One of the objectives was also to produce a quality Law on Foreign Affairs and forward it to the competent authorities for consideration and possible introduction to the legislative procedure.

The participants showed a general satisfaction with the simulation, and expressed a desire to participate in the next similar project, which the Burch Diplomacy Club planned for May 2017. More specifically it is a simulation of the work of the European Council.

“This was a very interesting experience because it gave me a clear picture of the process of adopting a law in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and of all the conflicts of interests in the aforementioned process. It also showed me how hard it is to actually be a good politician and how great the responsibility of the politician is,” said Tajra Hadžić, student at the Department of International Relations and European Studies at the International Burch University.

Omar Memišević, student of international relations and diplomacy at the Faculty of Political Sciences in Sarajevo believes that “the simulation was a very educational experience and a contact with real-life work and experts outside the faculty. He added that the fact that they simulated the current assembly of the House of Representatives and discussed a law which is so important for this country added to the quality of gained experience.”

“We have not ruled out the possibility of holding another simulation on the same topic. We are currently in the process of preparatory consultations for the maintenance of the simulation work of the House of Peoples of the PA BiH. In this way, we would have simulated the entire legislative process, and added to the authenticity of the experience,” said Kurtović, emphasizing that this simulation itself was a very significant success worthy of note. 



Simulacija rada Predstavničkog doma PS BiH