Conference held in Niš -
The Work of Disciplinary Bodies of Bar Associations
November 27, 2021
IN MEMORIAM: Saša Stojković Babačko (1963 - 2021)
In the early morning hours, after a short illness, Saša Stojković Babačko passed away in Niš. As the owner and editor-in-chief of the InfoVranjske portal and as the president of the citizens' association Team for Development and Integration (TRI), Saša made an exceptional contribution to the formation and work of the Judicial Base South coalition. We will remember him as a persistent fighter for truth, justice, legality and principle. We will also remember him as an excellent theatre actor and director, a seasoned journalist, charmer, friend.
Saša, we will miss you a lot and we will not forget you.
Coalition Judicial Base South
August 16, 2021
Open Data and COVID-19
During the second half of 2020 and the first half of 2021, the Judicial Base South Coalition conducted research "Determining the needs of associations and media in the south of Serbia for publishing in an open data format, data from the judiciary." The author of the research is Ivan Grujić, a lawyer from Leskovac and a member of the Program Council of the Judicial Base South coalition. He was assisted in his research by Milica Stanković, a lawyer and journalist from Niš, Jelena Videnović, a lawyer and NGO activist from Niš, and Mihajlo Stojković, a journalist from the InfoVranjska portal and director of the Development and Integration Team (TRI) from Vranje. The research will be presented to the public at an expert conference to be held in Nis in the first quarter of 2022.
“Open data” is the concept of available data so that anyone is free to use and republish it, without restriction by the author or other control mechanisms. Although the concept itself is not new, the term “open data” has been applied since 2008 and has gained in popularity following the initiative of some countries to open their data. Only publicly available data can be published in the form of open data. Open data cannot be personal data, classified (secret) data, and data protected by copyright.
As part of our research, in order to better understand open data and illustrate what they actually represent and what opportunities they provide, ie how they can all be used, we analyzed, among other things, the success of European and North American countries in combating the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. As for the conference itself, we want to make parts of the research available to the public, so we will describe here our findings on this segment of research.
As a data (indicator) based on when we measured the success of the state, we took the total number of deaths in one year. The records of the dead are kept precisely in the countries that were in our focus. We did not want to analyze the official numbers of people who died due to the Covid-19 virus because there are doubts about the accuracy of those data.
Data on the total number of deaths were taken from the websites of official statistical institutions. In one column, we calculated the average five-year number of deaths from 2015 to 2019. In the second, we listed the number of deaths in 2020. We believe that the changes in the total number of deaths last year were directly (death due to the Covid-19 virus), or indirectly (due to the burden on health systems), a consequence of the COVID-19 virus pandemic.
(For more details on the survey results for each country, see the table below.)
We were unable to find data for all countries in Europe.
* For Germany, we did not find the number of deaths in 2015, the average was done from 2016 to 2019.
If the World Health Organization made such a list in an open format (Excel, CSV, JSON), they would get open data on the success of countries during the pandemic of the COVID-19 in 2020.
From our table, we can conclude that Norway reacted best to the appearance of the COVID-19 because there was no increase in the number of deaths from the usual annual average. Serbia is in the middle of the list with similar success as Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Albania had the worst results in the first year of the COVID-19 virus pandemic, with an increase in the number of deaths by ¼.
The total number of deaths from 2021 can be used to further assess the success of countries in the fight against the COVID-19.
Niš, July 14, 2021
R e a c t i o n
The text entitled "Only the Assembly of the SFRY could interpret the ZOO" (link to the text) was published in the daily Politika on July 7, 2021. The subtitle of the text states: "The banking lobby tried to find a shortcut for resolving mass lawsuits." - The reaction of the state is contradictory, confusing, and late, according to the representatives of the "Judicial Base South". Furthermore, parts of the press statement of the Judicial Base South published on July 5, 2021, are transmitted in the text. While parts of our press statement are literally and truthfully transmitted in the rest of the text, the statement "The banking lobby tried to find a shortcut for resolving mass lawsuits" does not belong to our press statement. As such a formulation could lead to misinterpretation of our press statement, we invite the public to read the integral text of our press statement, which is available on our website (below).
Judicial Base South
April 20, 2021