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The conference will be divided into nine sessions dealing with the following topics:

Session 1: Triangle of cooperation between courts – ECtHR, EU Court and national courts

Relationships between legal systems, nationals, national and EU, EU and international legal system and international legal system with national legal systems are becoming ever more complex. Grasping their interdependence, (in)direct application, hierarchy, etc., is not only confusing for lawyer, but above all for individuals, thereby influencing legal safety and predictability. At the same time, the question of the appropriateness of the (de)centralisation of the legal system  is gaining on importance. The latter is not important only from the substantive point of view (i.e. whether certain rights are attributable to certain cases), but also from the procedural and timely point of view. Difficulties in reaching international levels of justice in reasonable time and delays in case solving are becoming ever more frustrating for individuals. All these issues are of great importance from the protection of fundamental and human rights point of view for. The Session will explore the current state of the system and its adequacy, in search of possible ways of its improvement.

Student speakers:

    • Kateřina Štěpánová, Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic
      Kateřina Štěpánová is a judge candidate at the Regional Court of Ostrava, she has gained long professional experience as an attorney-at-law. In the past she worked as référendaire at the Supreme Administrative Court of the Czech Republic and undertook professional traineeships at the Court of Justice of EU in Luxembourg, as well as at the European Court of Human Rights and the Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic.


    • Ana Bobić, University of Oxford, UK
      Ana is a doctoral student at the Faculty of Law, University of Oxford. Her research addresses the incidences of, and reasons for, constitutional clashes between the European Court of Justice and national constitutional courts. She is a research associate at the Law Department of the Zagreb School of Economics and Management in Croatia, as well as a legal consultant for a Brussels based agency Tipik, concerning the implementation of secondary EU law in Croatia.


    • Erik Kotlárik, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
      Erik Kotlárik obatained his Master’s degree in Law in 2009, at the University of Matej Bel, Slovakia, and in 2012, he became Master of Comparative Constitutional Law, at the Central European University, Hungary. He is a PhD. candidate in law in the Central European University, Hungary. In 2014 he received an Award for best statement of claim in the Warsaw Arbitration Moot Court Competition. A year later, he was also a Visiting Scholar in the University of Valencia, Spain.


    • Dino Gliha, University of Zagreb, Croatia
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      Dino Gliha is Summa cum lauda candidate of integrated BA-MA general law programme University of Zagreb. He was awarded The Faculty Council’s award for the best student of 1st year (2011/2012), 2nd year (2012/2013), 3rd year (2013/2014) and 4th year (2014/2015). He has five publications in domestic and international journals and one conference held. He also gained some working experience at Albina Dlačić attorney office in Zagreb.


    • Pia Ravter, University of Maribor, Slovenia
      In 2008, Pia Ravter enrolled in Law Faculty, University of Ljubljana, where she was given the opportunity to work with Department of Constitutional Law in 2009. In 2011 she participated in regional Moot Court Competition on the European Convention of Human Rights. In 2012 she did her Erasmus exchange in Karl Franzes Universität, where she worked on International and European Human Rights Law. During her exchange she also worked on her diploma thesis; New case-law of the European courts regarding the right to family reunification with prof. ddr. Wolfgang Benedek. In 2014 she graduated cum laude and received an award for exceptional diploma thesis by Law Faculty, University of Ljubljana. Currently she is working on her doctoral thesis regarding International Human Rights and Constitutional Law of the European Union.


    • Mandela Walter, European Inter – University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation, Italy
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      Mandela Walter is a Ugandan lawyer. He possesses a Degree in the British Common Law (Legum Baccaleureus – LLB). He worked initially as a Legal Trainee at a law firm (Rwaganika & Co. Advocates) in Kampala (the Ugandan capital) and then moved to the Uganda Human Rights Commission as an Intern Human Rights Officer- Legal. He is pursuing a European Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation. Currently, he is also an exchange student at Maastricht University in the Netherlands.

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Session 2: Managing migration in Europe – between economic feasability and protection of human rights

Net migration into the EU has been substantial in the past decade. Burdened by economic and political instability in their home countries, migrants from Africa and the Middle East make their way across the Mediterranean to Europe. Many lose their lives in the process and those who survive often pose a social and financial challenge to EU Member States. High levels of refugee and illegal flow, together with migratory consequences of EU enlargement, have given rise to popular concern and policy analysis. Studies emphasise the attitude of EU natives towards immigration includes racism, concern about the influence on the national labour market and welfare take-up. While welfare and labour market concerns contribute to explaining opinion towards further immigration, racially motivated concerns may be the most important factor. Additionally, attitudes towards migrants are heavily affected by natives’ education levels. In this Session we will focus our attention on: the delineation of Europe’s eastern and southern borders; how the EU can balance its moral responsibility towards helping migrants, while controlling illegal immigration and protecting the local economies; the classification of migrants as asylum seekers or unauthorized immigrants; the role of the EU in combattng the many factors that compel migrants to leave their homes; the possibilities of harmonising and reforming the migration processes across the EU.

Student speakers:

      • Simona Sobotovicova, University of the Basque Country, Spain; Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour, France
        Phd. Candidate in Joint Cotutelle PhD. programme in Human Rights, Public Power and European Union: Public and Private law and in Droit public at the University of the Basque Country and Université de Pau et des Pays de L´Adour. Collaborator of Jean Monnet Chair “The judicial protection of the fundamental rights in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (AFSJ)”. (Ex)stagiare at the European Commission, the Directorate General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations.


      • Chloé Brière, Free University of Brussels, Belgium
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        Chloé Brière is an Erasmus Mundus Fellow in “Globalisation, the EU and Multilateralism” at l’Université Libre de Bruxelles and l’Université de Genève. She holds an LL.M. in European law (College of Europe, Bruges, 2010) and a master in European Economic Law (Sciences Po Paris, Université de Strasbourg, 2009). Her PhD, co-supervised by Prof. A. Weyembergh (ULB) and Prof. R. Roth (UNIGE), deals with the fight against trafficking in human beings in the European Union’s neighbourhood, focusing on the legal aspects of the externalization of this EU policy.


      • Tamuna Beridze, Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, Hungary
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        Tamuna Beridze is currently Studying in two Universities in two different countries at the Master of Law Level. She works as active initiator and participant of the development of the Mediation in Georgia. Scholar of the several competitive programs such as “Future leaders Exchange Program” in the United States, ERASMUS MUNDUS Exchange program, Visegrad scholarship holder and scholar of the Summer University in University of Munchen.


      • Nicolette Busuttil, Queen Mary University of London
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        Nicolette Busuttil obtained her LLM in Immigration Law from Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL) in 2015, after qualifying as a lawyer in Malta. She will start her PhD studies at QMUL in September 2016 looking at international protection obligations towards mentally ill migrants facing deportation. Until 2014, she worked at the Jesuit Refugee Service Malta providing legal assistance to refugees and other forcibly displaced migrants.


      • Ana Marija Apostoloska, University of Skopje, Macedonia
        Ana Marija Apostoloska graduated from Ss. Cyril and Methodius University – Skopje, Macedonia; Faculty of Law “Iustinianus Primus” with a Bachelor’s degree in Law. Currenty, she is a first year master’s student in Constitutional Law at the same Faculty. She is also doing internship at a Law Firm, which allows her to expand her knowledge. As a person who lives in multicultural environment, she finds the areas of human rights and constitutional values as significantly important and interesting.

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Session 3: Market integration through law: reforming legal foundations for a stable EU market

The internal market of the European Union is a single market in which free movement of goods, services, capital and persons is ensured and in which European citizens are free to live, work, study and do business. Since its creation in 1993, the single market has opened up to competition, it has created new jobs, defined more affordable prices for consumers and enabled businesses and citizens to benefit from a wider choice of goods and services. The European Union is working towards a further simplification of regulations which still stand in the way of citizens and businesses making the most of the single market. The economic crisis, which has in turn significantly contributed to the public debt crisis, has put a break on this process by weakening mutual trust among the Member States in terms of mutual recognition of goods and services. The financial market therefore needs to be rebuilt and the Commission is dwelling on over 40 legislative measures aimed at laying stable foundations of the single EU market with a reliable financial market, including an EU banking union. These are viewed as stepping stones to economic growth and, by means of establishing a fiscal union, the strengthening of national economies and public finances. This Session will discuss correlations between EU law, market and welfare states and expose the following questions: can EU law return the consumers’ trust in the financial market? Does the EU need a true European banking union? What obstacles stand in the way of building a social market economy in Europe? Can EU law follow the innovativeness of financial operators? How much sovereignty would Member States lose with establishing an EU banking and fiscal union?

Student speakers:

        • Vilija Velyvyte, University of Oxford, UK
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          Vilija is a doctoral researcher at the University of Oxford and a Weidenfeld Scholar. Her research interests include EU constitutional law, and the interplay between the Internal Market and social policy. Her PhD thesis is concerned with the role of the Court of Justice of the European Union in shaping the EU’s constitutional order. Before commencing her PhD, Vilija graduated from the Mjur in Law with distinction and MPhil in Law, both at Oxford University. Vilija completed her Bachelor of Laws (2008) and Masters in International Law (2010) at the Mykolas Romeris University in Vilnius, Lithuania, where she graduated first in her class for both degrees.


        • Renato Kenda, University of Maribor, Slovenia
          Renato is attending the last year of undergraduate bologna program at University of Maribor. His fields of interests include: Corporate law, Contract law and EU law. Renato is currently, president of ELSA Maribor, previously worked as marketing director. Has also participated in moot courts and attended international conference in Belgrade.


        • Oksana Yashyna, Ternopil National Economic University, Faculty of Law, Ukraine
          Oksana Yashyna obtained qualification of Bachelor and Specialist of law at the Ternopil National Economic University. Currently she is acquiring the degree of Master of Laws at the Ternopil National Economic University.


        • Nevena Milošević, University of Belgrade, Serbia
          Nevena Milošević is at her last year of studies at the Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade. She is a Research Editor of Student Economic Law Review and is mostly interested in Business Law. She has written a number of articles and conducted a collaborative research on issues related to the legal framework of agriculture. She was the Editor of a special issue of the Review dedicated to modalities of acquiring ownership on agricultural land throughout Europe in 2014. She has attended and participated at several conferences in Serbia and abroad.​


        • Jasmina Arnuš Tabaković, University of Maribor, Slovenia
          She has graduated in 2008 under the theme on the EU Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Maribor, where she is finishing her post graduate studies on Trade Law of the EU. In her thesis is concerned with tax and social advantages of frontier workers in EU, especially of Slovenian. She worked as a trainee clerk at the Higher Court in Ljubljana, then as a lawyer at the private and public sector and had also operated part-time at the attorney’s office. She is employed as a senior judicial adviser at the Office of the District State Prosecutor of Maribor.


        • Nikola Filipović, University of Graz, Austria
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          Nikola is currently writing his doctoral thesis at the University of Graz, Faculty of Law on the topic of EU Commercial and Insurance Law. He has extensive teaching experience working and lecturing as University Assistant at the University of Graz and Belgrade Business School. He completed LL.M. at the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Law and holds both Bachelor of Applied Economics and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the University of Belgrade. He is a member of the International Insurance Law Association (AIDA).


        • Lazar Obradović, University of Belgrade, Serbia
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          Lazar is a final year undergraduate law student at Universtiy of Belgrade. He is an editorial board member of the Student Economic Law Review and his fields of interest are economy-related branches of law. Lazar worked on several legal projects and attended several business and EU law conferences in Belgrade and abroad.

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Session 4: Effective enforcement of data protection law in Europe

As a result of dramatic expansion of the use of information technologies, there is a pressing need for safeguarding fundamental rights of European citizens to data protection and privacy. The widespread use of information technology does not only have positive effects, such as facilitating digital trading, enhancing security through strengthened surveillance, etc., but it also represents an unstoppable threat to fundamental rights of European citizens, notably their rights to data protection and privacy. Despite the fact that Snowden’s controversial revelation of US global surveillance programs (e.g. PRISM) is not the first of its kind – another example is the 1990s ECHELON surveillance leakage – the large scale of electronic surveillance is unprecedented. Moreover, these rights can also be infringed by private actors within or outside the EU, such as Google or Facebook. In Europe, these rights are protected by numerous legal instruments. Yet, while these rules strengthen the protection of the two mentioned rights, practice shows several enforcement deficiencies. The Session will explore ways to enforce European data protection law more efficiently with a view to achieve greater compliance by surveillants.

Student speakers:

        • Katarzyna Katana, University of Gdansk, Poland
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          Katarzyna Katana is a PhD candidate from University of Gdansk, she graduated from Jagiellonian University in Cracow in the field of law. She also spent part of her studies in the University of Malta. She specialises in biomedical law, law protection of cultural heritage and in human rights in relation to ownership and public interest. She is an co-author of few publications, for example Heritage, cultural assets, monuments, protection and care in law.


        • Davide Nardo, University of Trieste, Italy
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          Davide Nardo graduated from University of Bologna with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Criminological Science in December 2013. During this period he had an internship at an investigative agency for a Summer. The following year he started to study Political Science at the University of Trieste in order to obtain the Master’s degree in Science of Government and Public Policies. Currently he is writing the thesis on the fight against cybercrimes in the International Law and in the European Union Law.


        • Jerneja Horvat, University of Maribor, Slovenia
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          Jerneja graduated in 2014 and is currently in her second year of masters’, bologna program. She was a participant in 2014/2015 Willem C. Vis Moot Court competition for the team of University of Maribor, and this year she is a participant in European Law Moot Court competition for the team of University of Maribor. She is also a co-author of two articles published in Slovenian law journals (Pravna praksa, Dignitas).


        • Kristof Ruisz, ELTE University, Budapest, Hungary
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          Kristof Ruisz is a Junior lawyer at Diageo Business Services Limited (Budapest, Hungary). He graduated as juris doctor from Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Faculty of Law (Budapest, Hungary) in 2013. Currently, he is taking the LL.M course in International and European Business Law at ELTE. His main areas of professional interest: data privacy, commercial/business law.


        • Lori Dolores Kregar, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
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          Lori Dolores Kregar was born in Ljubljana and graduated high school with an International Baccalaureate Diploma. She attended the Faculty of Economics thereafter, spending a semester abroad at ESSEC Business School in France and a year abroad at HEC Montreal in Canada. Currently, she studies at the Faculty of Computer Science, University of Ljubljana, as she wishes to pursue a career in data science.

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Session 5: EU Consumer protection – the current challenges

Consumer protection has, by means of numerous legislative acts and important decisions by the Court, gradually become one of the cornerstones of European integration. The current challenges faced by consumer protection are of a constitutional as well as substantial dimension. At the constitutional level, the questions of legitimacy and competence for further developing consumer protection are of key importance, especially with regard to the harmonization of certain aspects of national private consumer law. Is there a normative need and desire to develop new rights and remedies in the field of consumer protection, and if so, which rights and remedies should be introduced?  Which approach is best to advance in this field – ‘judicial activism’ or legislation? At the substantial level, the Union’s activities are focused on different fields, such as the online market, with the aim of removing barriers and improving consumers’ confidence in cross-border shopping. The questions which will be addressed in this regard are: is there a need for more legislative activity in the field of consumer protection? On what basis is additional legislative or judicial intervention justified? Against this backdrop, it will also be interesting to explore how and to what extent these issues are related to the formation of European private law and what their ramifications are.

Student speakers:

        • Giacomo Pailli, University of Florence, Italy
          PhD in Comparative Law (2013), University of Florence; LL.M. (2011), New York University School of Law; JD (2009), University of Florence. Admitted to practice law in Italy and in the State of New York. Member of European Law Institute, Italian Society for the Research and Study of Comparative Law (SIRD), and European Law Institute.


        • Zita Géresi-Sándor, University of Pécs, Hungary
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          Zita Géresi-Sándor is working as a legal advisor at Airport Police Directorate in Budapest, Hungary since 2010. She stands for police at court and other formal procedures. Her specialty is administrative law and EU law (in the field of aviation law). At the same time, she is working on her PhD thesis devoted to the connections between passengers’ fundamental rights and aviation security.


        • Justyna Nowak, University of Lodz, Poland
          Justyna Nowak is a PhD student in the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Lodz in the Department of European Economic Law. She is interested in pharmaceutical and food law as well as commercial law in its theoretical and practical aspects. She also works in the law office where she serves as trainee solicitor.


        • Tamuna Beridze, ELTE University, Budapest, Hungary, and Tbilisi, Georgia
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          Tamuna Beridze is currently Studying in two Universities in two different countries at the Master of Law Level. She works as active initiator and participant of the development of the Mediation in Georgia. Scholar of the several competitive programs such as “Future leaders Exchange Program” in the United States, ERASMUS MUNDUS Exchange program, Visegrad scholarship holder and scholar of the Summer University in University of Munchen.


        • Edita Beganović, University of Maribor, Slovenia
          Edita is undergraduate student at the Faculty of Law, University of Maribor. She did part of her studies in Brussels (Free University of Brussels). She worked at Government Communication Office for several years and completed internship at European Commission (Representation in Slovenia). She participated in various projects (Transparency International – National Integrity System, Jean Monnet, MEUZ) and summer schools.

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Session 6: From transnational principles to European rules of civil procedure

The EU has introduced a system of rules designed to help individuals on EU territory in the field of cross-border litigation. European procedures aim to simplify and speed up cross-border cases, as well as to make it easier to enforce a claim against a defendant from another EU country. Two examples of the latter are the European Order for Payment (EPO) and the European small claims procedure. Both are autonomous facultative procedures in the sense that one can freely choose between the European or the national procedure. EU law has also touched on the important subject of claiming compensation for damages European travellers suffer in car accidents in other Member States. Despite the pressing relevance of these procedures, numerous problems, related to lack of trust between Member States and technical or administrative barriers which prevent EU citizens from fully benefiting from the relevant EU rules, still exist. This Session will address these problems and barriers, as well as look into the future of EU civil procedural law.

Student speakers:

        • Danijela Vrbljanac, University of Rijeka, Croatia
          Danijela Vrbljanac is an assistant and a doctoral student at the Department of International and European Private Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Rijeka, Croatia. She received her LL.M. degree after completing the postgraduate specialized study “Law of European Integration” at the same Faculty. Currently she is writing her doctoral dissertation on the topic of private international law aspects of personality rights violations on the internet.


        • Sarolta Édua Szabó, ELTE University, Budapest, Hungary
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          Sarolta Édua Szabó graduated summa cum laude at ELTE Eötvös Lorand University, Budapest in 2015. Since September 2015 she is a PHD student at the Civil Procedure Law Department of ELTE. The topic of her PHD research is the standard of proof in civil procedures, her tutor is Prof. Dr. István Varga deputy dean and head of the Civil Procedure Law Department of ELTE. From 2009 until 2015 she was a member of the Civil Law Department of the Bibó István College of Advanced Legal Studies.


        • Anastasia Gialeli, Faculty of Law, University of Freiburg, Germany
          Anastasia Gialeli holds a law degree from the University of Athens, two LL.M. degrees in civil procedure (Athens) and in comparative civil law (Freiburg). Currently research assistant and PhD student at the Inst. of Foreign and International Private Law by Prof. Jan von Hein at the University of Freiburg, where she also teaches giving courses in German civil law. Main field of interest is EU Civil Procedure Law. Member of the Athens Bar Association and registered as European Lawyer in Freiburg.


        • Katja Drnovšek, University of Maribor, Slovenia
          Katja Drnovšek is a PhD student and an assistant for civil procedure, philosophy and theory of law at the Faculty of Law, University of Maribor. Her field of research is tightly connected to European civil procedure and she has previously assisted with implementation of EU project on cross-border evidence taking. She also holds a degree in Interlingual Studies and in Philosophy.


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Session 7: Common EU Standards on rights of suspects, the accused and victims in criminal proceedings

The EU is working towards common minimum standards of procedural rights in criminal proceedings in order to ensure the basic rights of suspects and the accused are sufficiently protected. According to the principle of mutual recognition, common minimum standards are necessary for judicial decisions, taken by one EU country, to be recognised by another. The driving force behind successful mutual recognition are measures promoting mutual trust. To enhance this trust, EU institutions are focusing on guaranteeing the following five procedural rights in all criminal proceedings across the EU: the right to interpretation and translation; the right to information with regard to rights; the right to legal aid and legal advice before and during the trial; the right of a detained person to communicate with family members, employers and consular authorities; and the right of vulnerable suspects to protection. Additionally, a Green Paper on pre-trial detention was adopted, while the Stockholm Programme called on the Commission to examine further elements of minimum procedural rights for suspects and the accused, giving special attention to the presumption of innocence.

European measures, such as the adoption of the Framework Decision on the European Arrest Warrant, have generated a demand for the EU to consider fundamental rights, especially the right of defence, in a more concrete way. The topic, however, remains a priority: many EU countries, the European Parliament as well as practitioners and other experts strongly support it. Yet, barriers preventing EU standards from operating fully in criminal procedures still exist. This Session will discuss EU’s achievements as well as future challenges in regulating and enforcing minimum EU standards in criminal procedures – both from the point of view of the accused, as well as the victims of crime.

Student speakers:

        • Magdalena Kania, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland
          Magdalena is a PhD student in Political Science in the Department of National Security since 2015 and MA student in Law since 2012 at Jagiellonian University in Krakow (Poland).
          Erasmus+ Scholarship at University of Copenhagen (academic year 2014/2015).
          Scientific interests: International security, European criminal law, developing countries.


        • Marija Jovanović, University of Oxford, UK
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          Marija is completing a doctoral thesis on the role of human rights law in addressing human trafficking at the Law Faculty, Oxford University.  Marija has taught human rights law, criminal law and international law at Oxford University and in Serbia. Her research interests include: human rights law, criminal justice, international law and EU law.


        • Lina Burkelc Juras, University of Maribor, Slovenia
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          Lina Burkelc Juras, born in 1991, is attending the second year of masters’, bologna program, at University of Maribor. She participated in Willem C. Vis Moot Court competition in 2014/2015 and is currently also competing in the 2015/2016 European Law Moot Court competition. Through all her years of study she actively engages as the president of her year and currently also as the editor of the student newspaper. She was a co-author of an article, published in a slovenian law journal.


        • Tjaša Zapušek, University of Maribor, Slovenia
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          Tjaša is attending the last year of undergraduate bologna program at Faculty of Law at University of Maribor. She is interested in International Public Law, Human Rights Law, EU law, Company Law and Constitutional Law. Tjaša has earned a certificate with the distinction “International Human Rights Law” from Duke University, “Terrorism and Counterterrorism: Comparing theory and practice” from Leiden University, “International Criminal Law ” from Case Western Reserve University etc. Now, she is in the process of getting another one from the area of Morality in politics from Yale University. She has also been participating in program Amicus Curiae, where she helps, as a judicial intern, at District court of Maribor and Administrative court in Ljubljana.


        • Erik Uszkiewicz, ELTE University, Budapest, Hungary
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          Erik Uszkiewicz is a lawyer specializing in the protection of fundamental rights. In September 2011, he commenced a PhD at Eötvös Loránd University. His doctoral research program focuses on prejudice and discrimination in jurisdictional practice. He is one of the founders of Mertek Media Monitor, a Budapest-based media policy think tank and watchdog organization. Uszkiewicz was also a member of the Hungarian COREPOL ( team.


        • Alina Drozda, Ternopil University, Ukraine
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          Alina Drozda obtained qualification of Bachelor of law at the Ternopil National Economic University, and qualification of Master of law at the National Academy of the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine. Currently she is working as legal counsel in Ternopil regional branch of Fund of social protection of people with disabilities.


        • Miha Šošić, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
          Miha Šošić is a university assistant for criminal law at the Faculty of Law, University of Maribor, and attorney candidate. Between 2014 and 2015 he was working as a higher legal advisor at the Supreme Court of the Republic of Slovenia. He is currently writing his PhD thesis at the Faculty of Law, University of Ljubljana.

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Session 8: Integration of environmental protection into EU policies

Life, a miracle of the universe, appeared approximately four billion years ago, while humans did so only 200.000 years ago. Yet we have succeeded in destroying the balance essential to life. In only approximately 50 years, in the span of a single human life, the environment has been more radically changed than by all previous generations of humanity Scientists and society still believe that there are solutions out there which must be implemented. Many rules in the area of environmental protection and nature conservation have their origin in EU law. The EU is a leading organisation  emphasizing the care for the environment; no other country or continent is taking such sincere care of the environment. But even so, lots of poor practices in performing and implementing environmental rules may be witnessed, particularly on the national level. This Session will explore the role of EU law in preserving the environment at the national and EU level.

Student speakers:

        • Luka Veljović, University of Montenegro, Montenegro
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          Luka Veljović has already attended few conferences and exchanges: Youth exchange – Open your eyes, Vrnjačka Banja, 2012; Youth training- Film making, Belgrade, 2013; MUNLaws, Ljubljana, 2015. He also has some  voluntary experience, such as: NGO Association for democratic prosperity “Zid” (from 2013- present), EU Info Centre Podgorica (from 2014- present).


        • Davor Petrić, University of Zagreb, Croatia; University of Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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          Graduate student of law (University of Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina) and European studies (University of Zagreb, Croatia). Exchange semesters/study visits at the Karl-Franzens University Graz (Austria), Comenius University Bratislava (Slovakia) and University of Zurich (Switzerland). Interested in: comparative constitutional law, EU law and policy, and federalism in divided societies.


        • Jelena Pecotić, University of Zagreb, Croatia
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          Jelena Pecotić, III. year student of Faculty of Law of the University of Zagreb, student assistant of the Department of European Public Law. Interested in environment, gender issues and migration. Member of NGO Center for New Iniciatives and as intern of Central East European Network for Gender Issues, member of working group for preparation of International Korcula School.


        • Dušan Aleksić, University of Belgrade, Serbia
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          Dušan graduated from the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Law in 2015, and is currently pursuing master studies at the same faculty in the field of Environmental law. During the course of my studies he attended numerous courses in the fields of commercial, environmental and human rights law, and he was awarded with several scholarships. he is fluent in English and able to use French and German as well.


        • Maja Lukić, University of Maribor, Slovenia
          Maja graduated at the University of Maribor, the Faculty of Law in 2008 with the thesis »Legal aspects of the protection of drinking water sources«. Now she is finishing her master studies at the same faculty with the master thesis »The right to drinking water«. Maja is working as a head of legal and human resources department at the public company for the supply of drinking water in Maribor and is interested in labor law, human rights and environment.​


        • Ida Lauridsen, Lund University, Sweden
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          Ida Lauridsen currently works as a drafting lawyer at the Land and Environment Court in Växjö, Sweden. She obtained her law degree from Lund University in January 2016, focusing on EU law and environmental law. In October 2014 she completed an LL.M. in Natural Resources and International Environmental Law at University of Iceland. During her studies she has worked as an intern at the IUCN Environmental Law Centre in Bonn, and at Mark- & Miljörättsbyrån, an environmental law firm in Göteborg.

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Session 9: Democracy and rule of law in Central and Southeastern Europe

After the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of communist regimes many Central and East European countries managed a successful ‘return to Europe’. For many observers, this signalled the ultimate victory of democracy and rule of law over the legacy of totalitarianism in these countries. However, the recent rising of illiberalism in Hungary, as well as in some other CEE countries, poses a major challenge to liberal democracy. Even if the existence of the EU makes the danger of the rising illiberalism less dramatic, there are still reasons to be worried about the authoritarian illiberal attacks on liberal democracy. In the 2014 EU election, Eurosceptic and extreme nationalist parties have risen across Europe. Additionally, reports show serious human rights violations including corruption, human trafficking, racism and discrimination persist across Europe. Unemployment and poverty in many countries are nurturing extremism and conflicts. In this Session we will examine what could be done, from a legal point of view, to increase the power of the EU to effectively combat the slide to authoritarianism; to lessen human rights violations and make the EU more democratic; and how could the gap between the EU, national institutions and the citizens be closed.

Student speakers:

        • Harun Išerić, University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
          Harun Išerić
          Harun Išerić is currently student of final year at Faculty of Law University of Sarajevo. He is president of European Law Student’s Association (ELSA) Sarajevo and founder of Sarajevo Summer Law School & Dubrovnik Summer Law Seminar. He has participated in national, regional and international moot court competitions, including: Regional moot court competition in human rights organized by Civil Rights Defenders and International Rounds of Monroe E. Prize Moot Court Competition in Oxford in 2015. Since October 2014 he has been engaged at Faculty of Law as student assistant at Department of Civil Law.


        • Šimon Drugda, Nagoya University (Japan), Slovakia
          Šimon Drugda is a graduate student of Law at the Comenius University in Bratislava and an awardee of MEXT Japanese Gov. Scholarship position at the Nagoya University Graduate School of Law. His research interests are Judicial Studies in Asia and Europe.


        • Iryna Hnasevych, Jagiellonian University, Poland
          Iryna Hnasevych
          Iryna Hnasevych is a graduate student from Ternopil National Economic University, Faculty of Law (Ternopil, Ukraine). Currently, she is a PhD student at Jagiellonian University at the Department of International Public Law (Cracow, Poland). Graduate student of School of Polish and European Law and School of French Law.


        • Boldizsár Szentgali-Toth, ELTE, Hungary
          Szentgáli-Tóth Boldizsár JPG
          Boldizsar Szentgali-Toth has started his second year as the PHD student of the ELTE. He also graduated at that university, and he completed the Master 1 Maitrise program of the University Panthéon Assas, Paris II also. He obtained an LLM degree from comparative constitutional law at the Central European University, Budapest. He has published several Hungarian and English articles from current constitutional issues. Apart from his doctoral studies, he is working now in the Prime Minister’s Office as a legal expert.


        • Elisabeth Hoffberger, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
          Elisabeth Hoffberger
          Elisabeth Hoffberger graduated from law school at Karl Franzens University Graz in 2012. Her field of specialization was international law, with a focus on humanitarian law, human rights and economic law. From 2010 – 2012 she was student assistant at the Institute of International Law and International Relations of Karl Franzens University Graz. Later, she did her legal clerkship at the Higher Regional Court Graz and worked as a jurist for a consulting company. Since September 2015 she is working as a university assistant at the Institute of International Law and Aviation Law at Johannes Kepler University Linz, writing her PhD thesis.


        • Melinda Vittay, ELTE, Hungary
          M vittay
          Melinda finished her BA studies in international relations at the Corvinus University of Budapest in 2011. In 2014, she obtained her law degree at the Eötvös Loránd University. During her undergraduate studies she spent a year in the United Kingdom, at the University of Warwick, and three months at the Permanent Mission of Hungary to the UN in New York. She began her postgraduate studies in 2015. Her topic of research is the responsibility of the international organisations.


        • Iztok Štefanec, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
          Iztok Štefanec is currently working as a research and teaching assistant at Faculty of Law, University of Ljubljana. He is preparing doctoral dissertation with the title Collision between Human Rights in Constitutional Review. His research and pedagogical work is mostly connected with constitutional law. He prolonged his Erasmus stay in Strasbourg in 2013 due to the internship at the European Court of Human Rights and had the opportunity to see how the court functions in practice.

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