It is foreseen that the following law experts will sit in the expert panels of the Conference (further names will gradually be added).
Jorge Andújar Hernández, Senior Public Prosecutor, working at the Prosecutor’s Office of Málaga. He obtained his law degree at the University of Málaga in 2004. In 2006 he passed the national bar exam. He worked at the Prosecutor’s Office of Basque Country until 2010, after that at the Prosecutor’s Office of the Area of Marbella until 2013. He also belongs to international cooperation division and was appointed as contact point of the European Judicial Network and as Correspondent of E.C.N.S. (Eurojust National Correspondent System). As he is currently specialised in international cooperation, he also belongs to the International Network of public prosecutors.
Snježana Bagić, Deputy President of the Croatian Constitutional Court, graduated from the Faculty of Law, Zagreb University, in 1983. Passed the bar examination in 1986. Gained her LL D in European Law at the Faculty of Law Zagreb University in 2014. She defended a doctoral thesis on “The Principle of Proportionality in the Case-law of European Courts and its Impact on the Case-law of Croatian Courts. She was appointed Secretary of the Ministry in 1995, and in 1997 she became Deputy Minister of Justice and Head of the Office for Cooperation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the International Court of Justice. From 2000 to 2003 she was head of the Office for Legislation of the Croatian Government.She was elected judge of the Zagreb County Court in 2003, and in 2004 she became State Secretary of the Ministry of Justice, which she remained until her election as judge of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Croatia in 2007.
Tomislav Borić, Distinguished University Professor at the Law Faculty of the University of Graz, venia docendi: “European and private business law with special consideration of South Eastern Europe”; Director of the Master Programme “South East European Law and European Integration” (LL.M.) at the Law Faculty of the University of Graz; since 2004 responsible for a module of the interdisciplinary Master Programme “Balkan Studies” at the University of Vienna; Arbitrator at the International Arbitration Court of the Austrian, Croatian and Slovenian Chamber of Commerce; Lecturer at the Law Faculty in Pristina/Kosovo within the realm of the Master Programme on “Property Law”.
Robert Bray, Head of Unit of the Secretariat of the Committee on Legal Affairs of European Parliament. He has been working for the European Parliament since 1997. As a lawyer and a linguist, Mr Bray has also worked in private industry and for the Court of Justice of the European Communities, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Bank for International Settlements. From September 2012, he has been lecturing for the
Masters’ programme of the University at Kent in Brussels. He regularly lectures at summer schools at the University of Urbino and Luiss University in Rome. His special interest is private international law.
Monica Claes, Professor of European and Comparative Constitutional Law at Maastricht University. She is co-editor-chief of the European Constitutional Law Review (EUConst). Monica is a scholar of the Maastricht Centre for European Law, a member of the Ius Commune Research School and of the Montesquieu Institute Maastricht. She is a member of De Jonge Akademie (DJA). Since 2008, she heads the European and National Constitutional Law Project EuNaCon, funded by the European Research Council.
Nicolas De Sadeleer is currently full-time Professor of environmental law at the Facultés Universitaires Saint-Louis, Academie de Louvain, and part-time Professor at the Institut d’études européennes de l’Université catholique de Louvain. He is also a guest Professor at the Paris II – Panthéon-Sorbonne. His other professional experience includes serving as a director from 1990 to 2003 of the Environmental Law Centre at the Facutés Universitaires Saint-Louis in Brussels. His areas of research and teaching include EC and International environmental law, health and consumer law, free movement of goods, Belgian environmental law, subjects on which he publishes and speaks extensively. His recent books include Environmental Principles and co-authored with Born, Le droit de la biodiversité.
Dubravka Dolenc, Deputy Director at Croatian Personal Data Protection Agency, where she is in charge of cross-departmental management and coordination; conducting training and presentations; proactive participation in project management and execution; developing advanced methods in order to enhance the protection of personal data and cooperation with state institutions, foreign and domestic legal entities and other bodies; developing in-house political thought leadership and creating final legal opinions. She obtained her legal education from Law Faculty, Zagreb, and later worked as a legal apprentice, consultant at County Court. From 1998 to 2012 (when she occupied her current position), she was a Lawyer at Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
Mateja Durović, Assistant Professor at the School of Law, City University of Hong Kong. Holding a PhD and LLM degrees from the European University Institute, Florence, Italy, LLM degree from the University of Cambridge, UK, and LLB degree from the University of Belgrade, Serbia. He was a Post-doc Research Associate at the European University Institute, Visiting Scholar at Stanford Law School, USA, and at the Max Planck Institute of Private International and Comparative Law, Hamburg, Germany. Dr. Durović worked for the International law firm Gide Loyrette Nouel and the Legal Service of the European Commission, as well as a legal consultant for the European Commission, BEUC (European Consumer Organisation) and the United Nations. He performs research in the areas of Contract Law, Consumer Law, International Commercial Law, Comparative Law and Competition Law.
Ákos Bence GÁT, personal advisor to the Minister of Justice of Hungary, graduated from Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) and the University of Strasbourg in European law and business law. He also studied political sciences at the European campus of Sciences Po in Dijon and at Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona. In 2011, he founded a French association and European online debating magazine Duel Amical (www.duelamical.eu), awarded by the European Commission. In 2015 he was admitted to ENA (French National School of Administration) where he will start scholarship in September 2016. He gives lectures in French on Hungarian politics and central European political mentality at the University of Szeged and Pázmány Péter Catholic University of Budapest. In the Cabinet of the Minister he deals with matters directly related to the interest of the Minister, he prepares analyses related to French law and establishes high level contacts between France and Hungary.
Vesna Györkös Žnidar, Slovenian Minister of the Interior, graduated from the Faculty of Law of the University of Maribor in 2001, in 2003 she passed the national bar exam and in 2005 obtained her Master’s degree from The London School of Economics and Political Science, UK, specialising in European law. Her career path began at Maribor Higher Court, and at a notary office. She then worked for the Office for Money Laundering Prevention and was appointed member of the Slovenian delegation to the Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism. In 2006 she moved on to work for the Bank of Slovenia, gaining valuable experience in international banking through the cooperation between the ECB and the Bank of Slovenia with respect to the Eurosystem. In 2012 she started her own legal practice focusing primarily on penal law. She operated her law firm until starting the mandate of Minister of the Interior in September 2014.
Andrejka Grlić, Chief Market Inspector, Slovenia. She has a bachelor’s degree in law. In 1994 she passed state-exam at the Ministry of justice of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Banja Luka; in 2001 she passed pedagogical and andragogical exams at the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana. Since 2006, she holds the position of the Chief Market Inspector at the Market Inspectorate of the Republic of Slovenia. Market Inspectorate is responsible for surveillance of a number of areas, and special importance is given to consumer protection and product safety. Her work is based on good practices based on the continuous following of the world’s trends, starting with the planning of work, to the way of running controls practices of the EU. She is a member of the Inspection Council of the Republic of Slovenia and a member of difference international project groups. Between April 2013 and September 2014 she chaired the Inspection Council of Slovenia. She is a member of the PROSAFE. She has also been publishing professional articles in the field of her work.
Marko Ilešič, Doctor of Law (University of Ljubljana); specialism in comparative law (Universities of Strasbourg and Coimbra); judicial service examination; Professor of Civil, Commercial and Private International Law; Vice-Dean (1995-2001) and Dean (2001-04) of the Faculty of Law at the University of Ljubljana; author of numerous legal publications; Honorary Judge and President of Chamber at the Labour Court, Ljubljana (1975-86); President of the Sports Tribunal of Slovenia (1978-86); President of the Arbitration Chamber of the Ljubljana Stock Exchange; Arbitrator at the Chamber of Commerce of Yugoslavia (until 1991) and Slovenia (from 1991); Arbitrator at the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris; Judge on the Board of Appeals of UEFA and FIFA; President of the Union of Slovene Lawyers’ Associations (1993-2005); member of the International Law Association, of the International Maritime Committee and of several other international legal societies; Judge at the Court of Justice of the EU since 11 May 2004.
Tatjana Jovanić is an Associate Professor of Economic Law and Market Regulation at the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law and a member of the Negotiating Team for Accession of Serbia to the European Union. She has obtained her LL.B, Magister degree and a PhD from Belgrade University, and also holds an LLM/Finance from the Institute for Law and Finance in Frankfurt am Main. She was a visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and visiting researcher at several European universities and institutes. She has obtained practical experience in the European Central Bank, German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority, and has participated in projects aimed at harmonisation of Serbian law with the EU law. Dr. Jovanić has set up a Student Economic Law Review, an online student-edited legal journal.
Rajko Knez, a 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.
Blaž Kovačič Mlinar, Attorney, Criminal Law Specialist. He graduated at the Faculty of Law, University of Ljubljana in 1998. In the years from 1998 to 2003 he was an assistant lecturer in the Department of Criminal Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Ljubljana. In 2005 he began working at the Čeferin Law Firm, where he dealt mainly with the criminal and constitutional law. In 2005 he obtained his PhD with a thesis “Structural and contextual contradictions of a theoretical model of mixed criminal procedure”. In the years from 2006 to 2008 he was also employed at the Institute of Criminology as a research manager for the research project “The standard of proof in criminal proceedings”. In 2011 he obtained the title “criminal law specialist” from the Slovenian Bar Association and started his legal practice. He is the author and co-author of numerous scientific, research and professional works, mostly concerning criminal law. He is an examiner at the State Legal Exam. He is a lecturer at the Management and Law College, where he teaches criminal law.
Filip Křepelka, lecturer (since 1997) and associate professor of law of the European Union (since 2009) at the Faculty of Law of Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. In his research he focuses on free movement of services, European integration of healthcare and education, Europeanisation of consular protection, multilingualism of the European Union and its law and federalist tendencies in the European Union. He is also engaged in education and research in healthcare and medical law. He was referendary of the vice-chairman of the Constitutional Court (1998-2003) and expert adviser of the Supreme Administrative Court for European Union (2004-2008).
Matthias Neumayr; studied Law at Salzburg University (1976 – 1980); Judge since 1984; Judge of the Austrian Supreme Court of Justice (“Hofrat”) since 2001; University Lecturer at Johannes Kepler University Linz (2001 – 2013) and at Vienna University of Economics and Business (2009 – 2011).
Professor of Law at Salzburg University since 2013 (part time). Main Areas of Research: Civil Law, Civil Procedure Law, Labor and Social Insurance Law, Health Care Law, European Union Law.
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Julian Nowag, a senior lecturer in EU Law at Lund University (Sweden) specialised in Competition Law and an associate at the Oxford Centre for Competition where he is on the editorial board of The Journal for Antitrust Enforcement as issue editor. Before coming to Lund, Julian earned a Master’s degree (MSt) and a doctorate (DPhil) from the University of Oxford. He also completed an LLM in European Legal Studies at Durham University. Julian taught EU law and competition law at Oxford and gave lectures and seminars on EU law, comparative law and competition law in Hanoi (Vietnam), Malaysia, various European cities and Latin America. Julian is a qualified lawyer in Germany and gained additional professional experience at Allen & Overy’s German Antitrust unit in Hamburg.
Ernest Petrič, Doctor of Law (University of Ljubljana). Judge of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Slovenia since 25 April 2008. He was President of the Constitutional Court from 11 November 2010 until 10 November 2013. Between 1967 and 1972 he was also a member of the Slovene Government. Subsequent to 1989 he also worked as an ambassador. From 1997 to 2000 he was a state secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2006 and 2007 he presided over the Council of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency. He has been a member of numerous international associations, particularly the International Law Association, the International Political Science Association, the Yugoslav Society of International Law, and currently the Slovene Society of International Law. He is a member and former chairman of the International Law Commission.
Nataša Pirc Musar, Slovenian lawyer, former Information Commissioner; passed the national bar examination in 1997, obtained her Ph.D. from Law Faculty, Vienna. Worked in media for 11 years as a journalist and news presenter. In 2001 she moved to the financial sector, where she worked as Head of Corporate Communications in Slovenian largest private financial corporation. 2 years later, she became the Director of the Training and Communications Centre of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Slovenia. In 2004, the National Assembly elected her the second Slovenian Commissioner for Access to Public Information. Since 31 December 2005, Nataša Pirc Musar worked as Information Commissioner and finished her second term on July 2014. She has been working for Europol Joint Supervisory Body since 2009, and in 2013, she was elected President of the JSB Europol. Since 2015, Nataša Pirc Musar is the director and owner of the Law Firm Pirc Musar.
Vesna Rijavec is the Dean of the Faculty of Law, University in Maribor, a head of programme group Civil and Business law, and a head of the Institute for Civil, Comparative and Private International Law at the Faculty of Law. As a head of the Institute, Prof. Dr. Vesna Rijavec was a coordinator of several national and European research and legislative projects. She is efficiently managing and organizing efforts of 10 partners and 28 national reporters in the current EU project Dimensions of Evidence in European Civil Procedure to achieve all the foreseen goals of the project, which have been disseminated at a number of international scientific conferences with the best experts in the field from all over the EU.
Siniša Rodin, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Law, Ph.D. 1995; University of Michigan Law School, L.L.M. 1992; Harvard Law School, Fulbright Fellow and Visiting Scholar (2001-2002); tenure track and tenured professor at University of Zagreb, Faculty of Law since 1987, Jean Monnet Chair since 2006 and Jean Monnet Chair ad personam since 2011; Cornell Law School Visiting professor 2012; Member of the Croatian Constitutional Amendment Committee, President of the working group on EU membership (2009-2010); Member of the Croatian EU membership negotiating team (2006-2011); Author of numerous publications; Judge at the Court of Justice of the EU since 4 July 2013.
Andrea Saccucci is Associate Professor of International Law at the Seconda Università di Napoli, Professor of Migration Law at the LUMSA of Rome and Professor of International Protection of Human Rights at the Master Course in International Relations of the Università Cattolica of Milan. He is a practising lawyer specialized in litigating individual and collective cases before the European Court of Human Rights and other international tribunals or bodies. He is also an expert of the Council of Europe, EU and OSCE for human rights training activities throughout Europe. He has authored many books and articles in international law and human rights.
Ivo Šlosarčik, Associate Professor of European Studies and Jean Monnet Chair in European Law, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, Prague, specializes on legal aspects of the European Union and the transformation of the political and administrative structures (at international, national and sub-national levels) in the context of the European integration. He was a member of governmental advisory bodies on European Constitutional Treaty as well as the Czech 2009 Council Presidency. Professor Šlosarčík is Czech rapporteur of the European Public Law Journal.
Katja Šugman Stubbs, holds degrees in Law and in Psychology and a PhD in Law. She is Professor of Criminal law and Criminology at the Faculty of Law, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia where she teaches Criminal procedure, EU criminal law, Evidence law, Criminology and Law and psychology. She is a Slovenian member of the Council of Europe Committee for the prevention of torture and a member of Slovenian Prosecutorial Council. She published books and articles on a broad range of topics from analysis of different aspects of the rights of the accused, exclusion of evidence, assessment of EU crime policies, European Arrest Warrant to criminological topics. She was a Visiting Professor at Cambridge (Fitzwilliam College, UK) and at the Institute de sciences criminelles, Université de Poitiers (France). She lectured in numerous foreign institutions: e. g. Faculté de Droit, d’Économie et de Finance, University of Luxemburgu, Faculty of Law, University of Sarajevo, BIH.