The Center for Ethics, Law and Applied Philosophy (CELAP) is a think-tank based in Belgrade, Serbia. CELAP’s founders are philosophers, lawyers, political scientists and anthropologists, architects and urban theoreticians.

CELAP is specialized in research and education in the social sciences and humanities. It is designed as a centre of open-scale activities that will encourage public discussions of great social importance for the southeast region and Europe. The vision of the Centre is to promote diversity in cooperation and to ensure the necessary prerequisites for innovative, intellectual and scientific development, as well as to strengthen the transnational and regional cooperation on social issues such as human rights, justice, gender issues, democracy and public policy, as well as other important issues of human coexistence. Its mission is to enable informed discussions with scholars, policy makers and civil society. One of the main fields of CELAP’s work covers gender research and specific areas of its specialisation. CELAP focuses on how gender interacts in conceptual and literal terms with other categories such as ethnicity, sexuality and social background paying particular attention to the application of the research data to policy issues. 

CELAP aims at establishing and conceptualizing linkages between philosophy as a discipline and its various fields of application. The employment of philosophy to the realm of legislation, politics and urbanism is of particular interests thus creating a space for interdisciplinary studies. By specifically paying attention to European context and its intellectual and cultural heritage, CELAP’s intention is to apply various elements of this heritage to Serbia’s contemporary legal, political and cultural milieu in Balkans.

Active and reactive in research, education and international cooperation in the field CELAP cooperates with wide network of experts in humanistic and social sciences. Its collaborators are able to conduct interviews, focus groups and specific investigations resulting in qualitative research and analytical synthesis.

CELAP received support from many foundations and institutions so far: Swiss Agency for Development and CooperationBalkan Trust for DemocracyEuropean Fund for the BalkansErste StiftungGoethe InstituteInstitut FrançaisOpen Society Foundation, etc.