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The University of Maribor, founded in 1961, is the second largest university in Slovenia. It has 1800 members of staff and a student body of over 27000. The Faculty of Law, founded in 1960, is one of the 16 faculties in the University of Maribor, with a student population of approximately 2500. It puts great effort into following modern education and research trends in order to offer its students a variety of contemporary legal skills needed by every graduate of law. The Faculty is successfully achieving its goals with the support of legal research activities and other interdisciplinary legal and related social and economic sciences as a knowledge-driven component of the educational process.

EC/EU Law has been taught at the Faculty of Law in Maribor since 1991. Under the reformed system, five subjects on EU law are taught in the 1st and 2nd cycle: EU Institutions and General Principles, Internal Market, Judicial Protection, EU Administrative Law and EU Competition Law. The 3rd cycle consists of four modules on EU law (Free movement of persons, EU Company law, European civil procedure and Protection of rights in the EU). Furthermore, several Jean Monnet teaching modules and chairs have been held by the Faculty, which currently holds a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, it provides EU law teaching activities in English for foreign students and supports student teams participating in the European Law Moot Court Competition.logo-um-pf-ang


Programme board of CELCOS Conference

Janja Hojnik

Janja_Hojnik_PFConference Coordinator; PhD (2007) is an Associate Law Professor at the University of Maribor, Faculty of Law. Vice-dean for research and international relations (2015-2019). Teacher and researcher in the field of EU Law. Holder of a Jean Monnet module of the European Commission and of a Jean Monnet project. Visiting lecturer at the University of Ljubljana, University of Vienna, Institut d’etudes politiques (Paris), Charles University (Prague), Kingston University (London), Luxembourg University, Karel Franzens University (Graz, AUT), University of Sarajevo (B&H), Central European University (Budapest), Edinburgh Napier University, etc. Team coach for the EU Law Moot Court Competition, organiser of negotiation competitions for Slovenian law students. Recipient of: the Slovenian Law Societies’ Association award for the most outstanding achievement in the field of law among young lawyers in 2010; four awards for 10 most influential lawyers in Slovenia between 2011-2014 according to an open internet poll performed by IUS Software d.d.; as well as the Centre for International Legal Studies (Salzburg) award for achievements in the field of legal research and writing (2013). She is a member of a group of authors preparing a commentary to the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU for Springer Publishing (eds. Blanke/Mangiameli), responsible for provisions on free movement of goods and a member of the »Future Champions Group«, appointed by the Slovenian Government to form a strategy for future development of Slovenia.

Maja Brkan

Maja BrkanAssistant Professor in EU law at the Faculty of law, University of Maastricht. She graduated in 2003 with distinction at the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia) and obtained an LL.M. at the New York University School of Law in 2004. In 2007 she was awarded a PhD in EU law at the University of Ljubljana. She also holds a Diploma of the Academy of European Law. Before moving to Maastricht, she worked as référéndaire at the Court of Justice of the EU (2007-2013). Her research interests comprise EU procedural law, EU fundamental rights and constitutional law, questions of data protection and protection of privacy in an electronic environment, as well as private international law and consumer protection law in the EU. Maja Brkan is a scholar of the Maastricht Centre for European Law and a member of the Ius Commune Research School. She is a member of several professional associations, such as UACES and SECOLA, as well as a fellow and a Council member of the European Law Institute. She is a coordinator for the course European Union Law: Foundations at Maastricht University and Hasselt University. In addition, she coaches students for the European Law Moot Court competition.

Petra Weingerl

WPetraA doctoral candidate in EU Law at the University of Oxford. Her research interests include EU (constitutional and private) law and comparative private law. Her thesis is concerned with effective judicial protection and damages in EU law. She completed Magister Juris at University College, Oxford (2012) with distinction. Before commencing her DPhil, she worked at the Court of Justice of the EU in Luxembourg and at the Higher (Appellate) Court in Ljubljana. Her publications include articles and chapters on various topics linked to EU law. She is one of the convenors of the EU Law Discussion Group at Oxford and lectures on different issues related to EU law in Oxford, Maribor, Ljubljana and Vienna. She has been actively involved in several conference organisations, both for students and for academics (for example: The Image(s) of the ‘Consumer’ in EU Law (Oxford, 2014) and General Principles of EU Law (Oxford, 2014)).

Rajko Knez

rajkoA researcher and a full-time professor, employed at the Faculty of Law, University of Maribor, he covers the European Environmental Law area. He obtained his legal education in Slovenia and additional education at the University of Graz (Austria) in 1996, 1997, 1998 and 2000, the University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands) in 1996, the Faculty of Law in Bonn (Germany), at attorney’s offices in Washington, Richmond (USA) in 1997, and at the Court of Justice of the EU in Luxemburg in 2005 and 2011. He acts as a visiting professor at the faculties of law in Graz (A), Zagreb (CRO), and Vienna (A). He successfully concluded the Jean Monnet Chair project (Legal Studies) at the Faculty of Law at the University of Maribor, as well as several European Jean Monnet teaching Modules. Based on his research work he is also engaged in practice, acting as a legal consultant, also in PPP relations in the field of environmental public services and energy market (electricity, gas, energy performance, etc). Prof. Dr. Rajko Knez is a holder of the University of Maribor Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence.


Organising team members – ELSA Maribor

Jure Pirc                                                                 Melisa Tement                                                       Matic Špur
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Laura Aleš                                                              Sašo Šilec                                                               Renato Kenda
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Maja Planinc                                                           Hana Kosi                                                               Nina Dajčman
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Maja Platnjak                                                          Urška Turk                                                             Sara Mernik
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Leon Lah                                                                 Hana Šrot                                                               Manca Raušl
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Špela Sinič


Organising team members – Erasmus Trainees

Zahari Iankov                                                         Mary Georgiopoulou                                            Konstantinos Karpis
Zahari                              Mary Georgiopoulou                              Konstantinos Karpis

Alexandra Sheridan