New issue of Dignitas – Slovene Journal of Human Rights

New issue of Dignitas – Slovene Journal of Human Rights (no. 73-74, 2017) has been published. Here is its table of contents :


Dimitrij Rupel, Od Nove revije do Nove univerze, kaj pa Nova Evropa?

Pravo človekovih pravic in filozofija prava

Ademola Oluborode Jegede,  Climate Change and Socio-Economic Rights Duties in Nigeria

Petja Mihelič, Ideološki pozitivizem kot metoda ustvarjanja objektivnosti v prav

Javna uprava

Valentin Areh, Evalvacija uporaba managmenta celovite kakovosti v izbranih organizacijah slovenske javne uprave

Gospodarsko pravo

Anja Strojin Štampar, Pravno normiranje korporativnega upravljanja

Predstavitev raziskovalnega projekta

Matej Avbelj, Ideologija na sodiščih: Vpliv svetovnonazorskih in družbenih stališč sodnikov na njihove odločitve

The Impact of the ECHR in Central and Eastern Europe

Iulia Motoc and Ineta Ziemele have recently edited an excellent book “The Impact of the ECHR on Democratic Change in Central and Eastern Europe” (CUP, 2016). Here is its abstract :


9781107135024High hopes were placed in the ability of the European Convention and the Court of Human Rights to help realise fundamental freedoms and civil and political rights in the post-communist countries. This book explores the effects of the Strasbourg human rights system on the domestic law, politics and reality of the new member States. With contributions by past and present judges of the European Court of Human Rights and assorted constitutional courts, this book provides an insider view of the relationship between Central and Eastern European states and the ECHR, and examines the fundamental role played by the ECHR in the process of democratisation, particularly the areas of the right to liberty, the right to propriety, freedom of expression, and minorities’ rights.

Conference on Mass Migrations and the Rule of Law

Conference on the impact on mass migration on the local, regional, national and EU governance is organized by the Institute of Public Administration, Croatia, in collaboration and with the support from the Research Committee 05 Comparative Studies on Local Government and Politics (IPSA), the Research Committee 32 Public Policy & Administration (IPSA), the Faculty of Law, Study Centre for Public Administration and Public Finances, University of Zagreb, Croatia, and the Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia and takes place between 11-14 May 2017 in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Slovenija pred Evropskim sodiščem za človekove pravice (1994–2016) / Slovenia before the European Court of Human Rights (1994-2016)


Knjiga »Slovenija pred Evropskim sodiščem za človekove pravice (1994–2016) / Slovenia before the European Court of Human Rights (1994-2016)« je rezultat večmesečnega dela skupine študentov in njihovega mentorja, ki so jo pro bono pripravili v okviru nastajajoče Klinike o Evropski konvenciji o varstvu človekovih pravic in temeljnih svoboščin. Kot prva takšna publikacija v slovenskem javnem prostoru predstavlja in analizira nastop in rezultate Slovenije pred ESČP od leta 1994, ko je Slovenija postala država pogodbenica, do konca leta 2016.

How to Resolve the Crisis of Constitutional Democracy in Central Europe?


In the constitutional democracy, all of the three elements of democracy: input and output legitimacy and the political process through which they are connected, have to take place within the framework of the rule of law. Simultaneously, there can be no rule of law if the laws by which the individuals are ruled do not come into being in a democratic manner. Democracy and the rule of law thus presuppose each other, but at the same time their relationship is not entirely symbiotic. There is a dormant democratic threat that the democratic majority will trump the rights of the outvoted minorities. This is what the rule of law is there for to prevent. This counter-majoritarian problem, as it came to be known, is however only a seeming one. If democracy is not understood as a simple rule by the majority, but rather as a system of the organization of political power whose central value is the protection of equal human dignity, then the constitutional self-limitation of the democratic majority is not democracy’s denial, but its vindication.

Against this theoretical background, the Conference will focus on a very practical challenge. It will proceed from the fact that the constitutional democracy has been in an incremental, but definite decline across the European Union, but in particular and most acutely, in the Central European States. On this basis, the Conference will ask a single question:

How to redeem the status of constitutional democracy properly so-called in the praxis of Central European countries?

Friday and Saturday, 9-10 December 2016
The Graduate School of Government and European Studies and the
European Faculty of Law, Classroom 3, Cankarjevo nabrežje 11, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Friday, 9 December 2016:
16:00 Opening of the Conference:
Introduction, Jernej Letnar Černič, Matej Avbelj

Keynote Speech by Jan Zobec, Justice of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Slovenia: “The Slovenian Conception of Constitutional Democracy”

16:45 – 18.45: Panel No. 1: The view from outside

Martin Krygier, University of New South Wales;
Andrew Drzemczevski, Former Head of the Legal Affairs & Human Rights Department of the Parliamentary Assembly, Council of Europe, Visiting Professor, School of Law, Middlesex University London;
Gianluigi Palombella, Sant’Anna School for Advanced Studies, Pisa;

Chair: Matej Avbelj

Saturday, 10 December 2016
9:00 – 11:00 Panel No. 2: The view from inside

Hent Kalmo, Deputy Chancellor of Justice (Estonia);
David Kosar, University of Brno;
Matthias Goldmann, Goethe University Frankfurt;
Renata Uitz, Central European University.

Chair: Jernej Letnar Černič

Coffee Break: 11:00 – 11:30

11:30 – 13:30 Panel No. 3: The view from inside: The Former “Yugoslav” and Neighbouring States’ perspective
Bojan Bugarič, University of Ljubljana;
Alen Uzelac, University of Zagreb;
Sara de Vido, University of Venice;
Tatjana Papić, Union University Belgrade,

Chair: Marko Novak

14:00 End of the Conference

“Making sovereign financing and human rights work” now available in paperback

Poor public resource management and the global financial crisis curbing fundamental fiscal space, millions thrown into poverty, and authoritarian regimes running successful criminal campaigns with the help of financial assistance are all phenomena that raise fundamental questions around finance and human rights. They also highlight the urgent need for more systematic and robust legal and economic thinking about sovereign finance and human rights.


This edited collection aims to contribute to filling this gap by introducing novel legal theories and analyses of the links between sovereign debt and human rights from a variety of perspectives. These chapters include studies of financial complicity, UN sanctions, ethics, transitional justice, criminal law, insolvency proceedings, millennium development goals, global financial architecture, corporations, extraterritoriality, state of necessity, sovereign wealth and hedge funds, project financing, state responsibility, international financial institutions, the right to development, UN initiatives, litigation, as well as case studies from Africa, Asia and Latin America. These chapters are then theorised by the editors in an introductory chapter.
In July 2012 the UN Human Rights Council finally issued its own guidelines on foreign debt and human rights, yet much remains to be done to promote better understanding of the legal and economic implications of the interface between finance and human rights. This book will contribute to that understanding as well as help practitioners in their everyday work. The authors include world-renowned lawyers and economists, experienced practitioners and officials from international organisations. – See more at: