Project Bosnia
Students connects Ministry of Justice to Internet

Due to our anticipation, no member of the team slept on the plane.  After traveling for over a full day and night, we arrived in Sarajevo.  The two engineers and I collected our bags from the conveyor belt and went through customs where we met Dean Rudnick and IV Ashton.  We then traveled to our hotels and joined the Villanova student for our first experience with Bosnian cuisine at a near-by restaurant in the Old City of Sarajevo. 
The next morning we got an early start, met the translator, who would become invaluable to us, and walked to the Palace of Justice.  There, the entire team assembled for the first meeting with the Minister of Justice and his secretary, who provided as the Minister's interpreter.  IV and the Dean described our goals for the week and for the future.  These goals included, connecting the Ministry of Justice computers to the Internet and creating a database for court decisions, rules and regulations, laws, and the constitutions. 
In addition, our future aim is to eventually connect the court houses in the cantons, so that all the judges will have access to the Internet and have the ability to review other judges'

Michele Katz and James Patrick Moran configure the server in Sarajevo.

decisions to help in deciding their own.  During the course of the first day, the Dean, IV, and I met with the Minister of Justice, a Constitutional Court Justice, a Supreme Court Justice, the President of the Supreme Court Association, and the President's secretary.  All of the Bosnian officials that we met with expressed their excitement for the project and were extremely hospitable, offering us the traditional coffee and juice before every meeting. 
The following day, I attended one additional meeting

with the executive officer of the Human Rights Chamber.  She also expressed interest in our efforts and gave us electronic versions of cases decided by the Chamber to add to the database. 
During the rest of the week, I joined the Villanova student and the engineers in wiring the offices of the Ministry of Justice, connecting its ten computers to the Internet and creating the database.  By the end of the week, after working for approximately twelve to fourteen hours per day, we had, indeed, achieved our goals.