My new chapter on “A tale of Cinderella without her glass slippers : the rule of law and the protection of human rights throughout thirty years of the Slovenian state” was recently published. Here is the abstract:
The newly established Slovenian state was not prepared for constitutional democracy at its inception. As a consequence, ever since the establishment of the independent Slovenian state, it has been exceptionally difficult for Slovenian society to internalise its fundamental values ranging from human dignity to pluralism. On the other hand, despite all the difficulties, this is a story of at least partial success in establishing a state that has freed itself not only from a plurinational state but also from a totalitarian system literally overnight. In a short period of time, it has established modern European standards of the protection of human rights and the rule of law. It has joined the Council of Europe and European Union. This contribution aims to critically assess the functioning of the institutions of the Slovenian democratic state governed by the rule of law from the perspective of the principles of the rule of law and the protection of human rights. In this respect, we wish to present the achievements, good practice and difficulties, as well as highlight the challenges to the functioning of the rule of law and the democratic state over the past thirty years.“Quo vadis, Slovenija?” : refleksije ob tridesetletnici samostojne in neodvisne slovenske države : [zbornik uvodnih nagovorov in referatov s posveta 20. 1. 2022 v dvorani Državnega sveta Republike Slovenije]. Ljubljana: Državni svet Republike Slovenije, 2022. pp. 119-130.