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Institute for Cooperation with Central and Eastern European Countries in Public Reform (IMO)

The Institute for Cooperation with Central and Eastern European Countries in Public Reform (ICE) was founded as one of the University's Central Institutes in 2008.


It is an interdisciplinary center of competences for development, education and consulting projects in the fields of,

  • Modernising public administrations and
  • Police reform

in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), Asia and Africa. The institute’s tasks also include country-specific research within the areas of law, management and security, as well as development, organisation and implementation of international courses and training events in the context of the Lifelong Learning Programme of the EU. Another important goal is the education and support for scientific networks and mobility-promoting collaborations.


The main themes of the IMO are:

  • Political Reform: Rule of Law, Democracy and Civil Society
  • Administrative Reform and Management Training and Education
  • Judicial Reform and Police Reform
  • Criminal Law and Criminology
  • International Police Cooperation – Fighting Against Corruption
  • Globalised Security Services.

As the central institute, IMO has the task of helping shape and develop the internationalisation of the university and to expand the institution as a center of excellence for projects in Central and Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa.

ERASMUS PLUS / strategic partnerships

From 08.03.15 – 20.03.15, 45 students and 6 lecturers from 5 universities, led by Prof. Dr. Heinrich Bücker-Gärtner, met for a two-week international seminar on the political area of “Socially Integrative City.” The five universities that took part were: Univsersiteit Gent, Belgium, Fachhochschule Kärnten, Austria, Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu, Poland, Linnéuniversitetet, Sweden and the Berlin School of Economics and Law.


This seminar is part of a three-year project to develop innovative and transnational teaching content and teaching methods involving peer and blended learning. It is funded by ERASMUS PLUS – Strategic Partnerships.

The Annual Conference of the DGO Law Group at the BSEL

In cooperation with the Institute for East European Studies of FU Berlin and the Ostinstitut Wismar, the IMO of BSEL organised the annual conference of the law group of the German Association for Eastern European Studies (DGO). This was held between 20.11.14 – 22.11.14 at the BSEL and the subject was “Justice in Eastern Europe.” The conference was opened with a welcome from Prof. Dr. Friederike Maier, Vice President of the BSEL and an opening lecture from Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Angelika Nußberger (Straßburg / Köln), Judge at the European Court of Human Rights on “Justice and Human Rights in Eastern Europe.”

German-Tunisian Forum for Public and Private Management

With various activities in North Africa the IMO supports the Africa-Initiative of the BSEL. As part of the promotion by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) programme, in the German-Arab transformation partnership with the Federal Foreign Office, the “German-Tunisian Forum for Public and Private Management” was established. Partners of this panel include the BSEL and the University of Tunis El Manar, the Tunis Business School at the University of Tunis and the Higher Institute of Management at the University of Tunis. Also a partner of the panel includes the Tunisian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. Two activities from 2014 could be understood.


In October 2014 there was a week-long study tour for the Tunisian partners on the subject of Public and Private Partnership at the BSEL with office visits held in Berlin and Brandenburg.
In November 2014 professors and students of the BSEL attended a three-day conference in Tunis.


A joint publication in the series of the IMO in the Berlin scientific publication is being planned.

German-Polish Conference in September 2013

On the 18th and 19th September the IMO at the BSEL held an interdisciplinary German-Polish conference in Poland and Germany. The conference was on the subject of “Administrative Traditions in Poland and Germany: Similarities and Differences” in cooperation with the Universytet WarmiÅ„sko-Mazurski (UWM) in Olsztyn, Poland. The general director of the EU commission presented the regional concept. They discussed different subject areas of administrative traditions with Professors and Scientists from both institutions. As a result of this conference will be a joint publication, which will appear in the IMO Berlin scientific publication. The publication is funded by the German-Polish Science Foundation (DPWS).