Zoran Nechev (PhD candidate at the Institute for European Studies at Vrije Universiteit, Brussels) specializes in EU-Western Balkans relations and the external dimensions of EU justice and home affairs. Since 2014, he has been an academic guest at the Center for International and Comparative Studies, ETH Zürich, examining the effects of EU’s conditionality policy on rule of law in the Western Balkans. He also heads the Center for EU Integration at the Institute for Democracy ‘Societas Civilis’, Skopje. He is a Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung KAS Macedonia PhD Fellow. As a receiver of the European Fund for the Balkans fellowship, he was a Research Fellow with the European Union Institute for Security Studies in Paris (EUISS) and was involved in the activities related to the EU Global Strategy, as well as justice and home affairs in the Western Balkans.