Strengthening the Rule of Law in the EU

Mladinska ulica 9, 2000 Maribor, Slovenia

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About Conference

The Central European Law Conference for Students (CELCOS) will be the first large international student event in the region of Central and Southeastern Europe to reflect the current issues of EU law. It will be a new way of broadening the students’ knowledge of EU law, accentuating excellence in presentation and argumentation.

It is foreseen that over 50 students from the region of Central and South-Eastern Europe and close to 30 leading experts from universities, national and EU institutions will gather to discuss the present challenges facing the EU legal system and its future.

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Conference Schedule

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31 March 2016 6
  • 12:00 am - Conference opening

    Opening speeches, Introductory speech by Marko Ilešič, PhD, judge at the CJEU, president of the Third chamber

  • 13.00 – 15.30 pm - Session I

  • 16.00 – 18.30 pm - Session II

  • 19.30 pm - Social event

1 April 2016 8
  • 9.00 – 11.30 am - Sessions III and IV

    parallel sessions in separate rooms

  • 12.30 – 15.00 pm - Sessions V and VI

    parallel sessions in separate rooms

  • 15.30 – 18.00 pm - Sessions VII and VIII

    parallel sessions in separate rooms

  • 20:00 pm - Dinner for all invited speakers

2 April 2016 6
  • 10.00 – 12.30 am - Session IX

  • 13.00 – 15.00 pm - Reports from Sessions and Concluding remarks

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Expert Panels


  • Jorge Andújar Hernández - Senior Public Prosecutor, Prosecutor’s Office of Málaga
  • Snježana Bagić - Deputy President of the Croatian Constitutional Court
  • Tomislav Borić - Professor at University of Graz, Faculty of Law
  • Robert Bray - Head of Unit of the Secretariat of the Committee on Legal Affairs of European Parliament
  • Monica Claes - Professor of European and Comparative Constitutional Law at Maastricht University
  • Nicolas de Sadeleer - Professor at the University Saint-Louis, Brussels
  • Dubravka Dolenc - Deputy Director at the Croatian Personal Data Protection Agency
  • Mateja Durović - Assistant Professor at the School of Law, City University of Hong Kong
  • Ákos Bence Gát - Personal advisor to the Minister of Justice of Hungary
  • Andrejka Grlić - Chief Market Inspector, Slovenia
  • Vesna Györkös Žnidar - Slovenian Minister of the Interior
  • Marko Ilešič - PhD, CJEU judge, president of the Third chamber
  • Tatjana Jovanić - Associate Professor at the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law; member of the Negotiating Team for Accession of Serbia to the European Union
  • Rajko Knez - Jean Monnet Chair Professor, University of Maribor, Faculty of Law
  • Blaž Kovačič Mlinar - Attorney, Criminal Law Specialist
  • Filip Křepelka - Professor at Masaryk University, Faculty of Law in Brno
  • Matthias Neumayr - University Professor at the Faculty of Law in Salzburg and judge at the Austrian Supreme Court
  • Milena Novakova - European Commission, DG for Environment
  • Julian Nowag - Senior lecturer in EU Law at Lund University, Sweden
  • Ernest Petrič - Judge of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Slovenia
  • Nataša Pirc Musar - Slovenian lawyer, former Information Commissioner and journalist
  • Vesna Rijavec - Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Maribor
  • Siniša Rodin - Judge at the Court of Justice of the EU, president of chamber
  • Andrea Saccucci - Attorney-at-law in Italy, second University of Naples
  • Katja Šugman Stubbs - Professor at University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Law
  • Ivo Šlosarčik - Jean Monnet Chair Professor, Charles University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Prague


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Maribor is the second largest city in Slovenia and is also the economic, cultural, scientific research, convention and tourist centre of northeastern Slovenia. Maribor is likewise a transport hub as it lies at the crossroads of western, eastern and southern Europe and is located merely 11 km from the Austrian border.

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