New book: Vom Kommunismus zur Demokratie

Lovro Šturm, Jernej Letnar Černič, Tomaž Zalaznik, Vom Kommunismus zur Demokratie; Inštitut Nove revije, zavod za humanistiko; Inštitut Karantanija, Ljubljana, 2020.

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“Die kommunistischen totalitären Regime, die sich im Laufe des 20. Jahrhunderts in Europa etabliert haben und zerfallen sind, hinterließen Millionen von Opfern. Was noch aussteht, ist eine gründliche historisch-kritische Auseinandersetzung mit diesen Regimen und den verübten Verbrechen, denen eine massive Nichteinhaltung von Menschenrechten und Grundfreiheiten vorausgegangen ist. Der Kommunismus als Ideologie ist immer noch präsent. Er perpetuiert sich in den linksradikalen politischen Parteien in ganz Europa. Sein Charakteristikum ist eine erhebliche revolutionäre Aggressivität, die als eine von Arten der Machtübernahme jegliche demokratische Form der politischen Tätigkeit ignoriert. Diese Konstellation zeigt sich sowohl in den Beziehungen innerhalb der EU als auch im Verhältnis der EU zu den in der Welt nach wie vor existierenden totalitären Regimen, die auf dieser Ideologie fußen und daran festhalten.

Die Beiträge im Werk Vom Kommunismus zur Demokratie sind Fallbeispiele, die am Paradigma Sloweniens Folgendes erörtern:

Wie die Kommunistische Partei Jugoslawiens / Sloweniens entstanden ist und wie sie sich Ende der 1980er Jahre als eine scheinbar sozialdemokratische Partei präsentiert hat.
Wie der Gerichtsprozess gegen einen revolutionären, hohen politischen Funktionär der Kommunistischen Partei Jugoslawiens und Sloweniens, erst 2005 wegen der nach dem II. Weltkrieg verübten Massenmorden angestrengt, zu keiner Verurteilung des Täters geführt hatte.
Wie einer 30 Jahre andauernden Gegenüberstellung von demokratischen Prinzipien in der Republik Slowenien einerseits und von Resten des totalitären Regimes in der Politik des Landes mit dessen Systemen und Subsystemen andererseits beizukommen wäre.”

Slovenija na razpotju

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Pričujoča monografija obravnava učinkovitost in poštenost varstva človekovih pravic v slovenskem ustavnopravnem redu in slovenski družbi. Je plod večletnega dela avtorja monografske publikacije na civilnodružbenem, pedagoškem in raziskovalnem področju varstva človekovih pravic in temeljnih svoboščin v slovenski družbi. Varstvo človekovega dostojanstva v slovenski družbi trpi za podobnimi boleznimi, ki v njej načenjajo vladavino prava in jo ugrabljajo za svoje ideološke in finančne interese. V slovenski družbi prihaja do razhajanja med varstvom človekovih pravic v teoriji in praksi. Zato sta slovenska država in družba na razpotju, ali v prihodnje nadaljevati stare prakse ali pa z njimi dokončno prelomiti in si dosledno prizadevati za spoštovanje, uresničevanje in varovanja človekovih pravic in temeljnih svoboščin.

Conference on »Judicial Ideology under Empirical Scrutiny« – Call for Papers

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The Research Groups of the Faculty of Government and European Studies, New University, and the Re-forma d.o.o. are organizing an international conference dedicated to the empirical study of ideological profiles of judges. The conference will take place within a framework of the research project on The Ideology on Courts, whereby the research group has been conducting an empirical research in the multidimensional ideology of the Slovenian constitutional court.

The conference will take place on Monday, 16. 9. 2019, in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and will consist of two invited keynote lectures and four panels, in which the selected scholars will be able to present their work in progress. Therefore, hereby a call for papers is launched to invite scholars at an early stage of their career (including doctoral students and post-docs) as well as more experienced researchers to present their on-going research on ideological profiles of judges in the national, supranational and international courts. The call is open until 17. 5. 2019 and all interested applicants shall send their 300 words abstract to Matej.Avbelj@fds.nova-uni.si.

The successful scholars will be informed about the selection by 31. 5. 2019. The Faculty of Government and European studies will cover a 2-night accommodation and provide meals, while the participants are responsible for their own travel expenses to Ljubljana.

The Future of the Rule of Law and Democracy in Europe

The conference on “The Future of the Rule of Law and Democracy in Europe” took place on 14 December 2018 at the Faculty of Government and European Studies of Nova Univerza in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The keynote speech on the rule of law was delivered by Martins Mits, judge at the European Court of Human Rights.

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Nova številka slovenske revije za človekove pravice – Dignitas, št. 77-78

Izšla je nova številka revije Dignitas – slovenske revije za človekove pravice (št. 77-78, 2018), ki vsebuje spodnje prispevke.

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New article on the European Court of Human Rights in ex Yugoslavia

Jernej Letnar Černič’s new article on “The European Court of Human Rights in the States of the Former Yugoslavia” has been published in the inaugural issue of the East European Yearbook on Human Rights.

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Spoprijem z razmerami in razmerji v Sloveniji

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Inštitut Nove revije je 17. novembra 2017 izdal zbornik z naslovom “Spoprijem z razmerami in razmerji v Sloveniji”. Iz opisa zbornika “Poglavitni namen tematskih razprav in posvetov, ki jih že vrsto let prireja Inštitut Nove revije, pogosto tudi v sodelovanju z zainteresiranimi inštitucijami doma in v tujini, je, da se uveljavi vodilo spoprijema namesto spopadanja, ki se ga ne uspemo otresti iz preteklosti, kar onemogoča produktivno družbeno argumentacijo….Izobraževalni, kulturni, znanstveni, tehnološki, okoljski, medijski, religijski, gospodarski, finančni, politični in drugi sistemski vidiki upravljanja družbe izgubijo svojo tehtnost, kolikor ti ne izkazujejo odgovornosti do bivanja državljanov in državljank ter humanega dostojanstva. Zato je na vseh omenjenih družbenih področjih in v celoti potreben spoprijem z razmerami in razmerji v Sloveniji”.

 

The impact of the European Institutions on the Rule of Law Central and Eastern Europe

The Graduate School of Government and European Studies, together with the European School of Law, convenes today and tomorrow, 10-11 November 2017, the conference on »The impact of the European Institutions on the Rule of Law and Human Rights Protection in Central and Eastern Europe« in Brdo pri Kranju, Slovenia. The conference starts today with the keynote by Professor Gabor Halmai of the European University Institute. For the detailed program, see here.fd_predbroura_velika-4-oranerija

New article on Transitional Justice in the Former Yugoslavia

Gentian Zyberi and Jernej Letnar Černič have published article on “Transitional Justice Processes and Reconciliation in the Former Yugoslavia: Challenges and Prospects”, Nordic Journal of Human Rights, Volume 33, Issue 2, 2015. Here is the abstract :

This article aims to assess the achievements and challenges facing the transitional justice processes that have taken place in the countries most affected by the armed conflicts resulting in the violent dissolution of the former Yugoslavia and whether, and to what extent, these processes have furthered inter-ethnic reconciliation. The two variables used for this purpose are the scope of individual criminal accountability for war crimes and the scope of reparations provided to victims of the armed conflicts occurring throughout the 1990s and in the early 2000s. The following analysis combines an assessment of relevant international and domestic efforts. Thus, first, the article analyses the impact of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY or tribunal) in the transitional justice processes in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosnia or BiH), the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (Macedonia), Serbia, and Kosovo. Over the last 20 years the tribunal has investigated and prosecuted a considerable number of individuals for mass atrocity crimes. Subsequently, the focus shifts to assessing the domestic efforts surrounding the prosecution of war crimes and awarding of reparations for victims of the armed conflicts in these countries. The article argues that lack of sufficient coordination and close cooperation between international stakeholders and a general reticence on the part of the national authorities to engage meaningfully with past wrongs have resulted in a situation where many perpetrators of war crimes remain unpunished and individual victims have barely received any reparations. The article holds that for the ongoing transitional justice processes to meaningfully further inter-ethnic reconciliation in the republics emerging from the former Yugoslavia, continued legal reforms and a pluralistic public discourse, which embrace a strong focus on the rights of victims of war crimes, are necessary.