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Editorial Board

SEE Law Journal has 13 members of the Editorial Board representing all 13 member faculties of SEELS. The construction and implementation of the editorial policy of the publication is done under the leadership of the Editor in Chief who is assisted by two Co-Editors in Chief. Below please find the composition of the SEE LJ Editorial Board and more details on the professional profiles of its members:


Prof. Dr. Gordana Lažetić (Skopje)

Gordana Lažetić is the Editor in Chief of the SEE LJ with the responsibility to provide overall control of the processes of the production of the SEE LJ. She is also tasked with the quality control of the issues of the SEE LJ as his engagement involves the initial preparation of the issues’ general format, continuous collaboration with the editorial board, reviewers and the Centre for SEELS in the period of the production of the journal, and decisions on the final form and scope of the same.Prof. Lažetić is also the Manager of the Centre for SEELS since its establishment in 2011. He is tasked with the executive management of the Centre including the promotion of the SEELS network and the establishment of the new partnerships. Prof. Lažetić deals with Criminal Procedural Law. In the past she served as one of the Vice-Deans at the Faculty of Law "Iustinianus Primus" in Skopje.

Prof. Dr. Petar Bačić (Split)

Petar Bačić is member of the editorial board of the SEE LJ and founding member of the SEELS network. His expertise is marked in the field of constitutional Law. In particular, his research interests are related to European public law, human rights protection in a European perspective and judicial activism.
He graduated from the Faculty of Law University of Split in 1998 and defended his master thesis on ‘Human Rights Protection in European Organizations’ at the Faculty of Law University of Zagreb in 2006. Prof. Bačić earned his PhD at the Faculty of Law University of Split on the topic of Constitutionalism and Judicial Activism in 2010. He was a visiting researcher at the University of Bristol, University of Staffordshire and Freie Universität Berlin. He teaches at the Doctoral School - European Studies, University of Osijek. In 2013 Prof. Bačić gained professorship at the Faculty of Law in Split, where he acts as a Director of the Administrative Studies since 2012 and holds the function of the Director of the Centre for Internationalisation since 2015.

Asst. Prof. Dr. Tunjica Petrašević (Osijek)

Tunjica Petrašević is member of the editorial board of the SEE LJ. He holds a Jean Monnet chair for EU Law at the University of Osijek and is Vice-Dean for Science and Postgraduate Studies. Prof. Petrašević research focus is on legal aspects and regional and international cooperation in the EU.
He received his PhD from the University of Zagreb Faculty of Law in 2011 in European public law. In 2010 he gained work experience as stagiere at the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg. In the period between 2011 and 2014 Dr. Petrašević participated as researcher/teacher in the Jean Monnet Module' 'EU Law: Basic Introduction, Preliminary Ruling procedure, Legal Aspects and Regional and International cooperation’. In 2013 he expanded his international experience as Erasmus Visiting Professor at the Johannes Kepler University Linz in Austria as well as at the Kazimiero Simonovičiaus Univeristy in Vilnius (Lithuania) in 2014. In the same year Dr. Petrašević published the book ‘Preliminary ruling procedure before The Court of Justice of the EU’

Prof. Dr. Meliha Povlakić (Sarajevo)

Meliha Povlakić is the Vice-Dean of the University of Sarajevo, Faculty of Law and member of the editorial board of the SEE LJ. She teaches civil law and European private law. One of the fields of her researches is European law and internal market, legal transfer and transformation process as well as the process of the harmonisation of the Bosnian and Herzegovinian law with the EU law. She is a member of the International Academy of Comparative Law, Paris, Member of the SEELS Management Board, Member of the Common Core Group on Mortgage, European Law Institute (ELI). She published several studies, books, and articles in B&H and abroad (Austria, Germany, Croatia, Slovenia etc.). She also contributes to several international and local research projects, and has organised and contributes to numerous international conferences and workshops on European law. In relation to the EU enlargement process in the Western Balkans she is interested in the process of stabilisation and association as well as in the capacity building of the institutions of these countries in order to implement European law.

Prof. Dr. Maja Čolaković (Mostar)

Maja Čolaković is a full time associate professor at the University of Mostar, “Džemal Bijedić” Faculty of Law. She is a member of the Management Board of SEELS as well as Member of the editorial board of the SEE LJ. Prof. Čolaković is highly dedicated to cross-broader cooperation and the reactivation of academic cooperation in South Eastern Europe as well as the legal approximation of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the European Union. Being an expert on EU private law, she is particularly interested in personal rights, EU health law, and the practice of the courts in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the light of EU law. Prof. Čolaković graduated at Faculty of Law, „Džemal Bijedić“ University of Mostar in 1989 and obtained her LMM at Faculty of Law University of Sarajevo in 2004. In 2010 she defended her PhD with her thesis entitled “The right to physical integrity as a personal right with the main focus on the person’s right to dispose with his own body parts”. Prof. Čolaković served as vice dean of the Faculty of Law from 2010 till 2015.

Asst. Prof. Dr. Ivana Simonović (Nis)

Ivana Simonović is member of the editorial board of the SEE LJ. As regular staff member of the University of Niš, Faculty of Law. Ms. Simonović started her academic career as Junior Teaching Assistant in 2004 and became Assistant Professor in civil law in 2013 after receiving her Doctor’s Degree with Honours in civil law in the same year. In her current function Ms. Simonović teaches among other subjects the fundamentals of European private law, medical law and serves as an instructor at the Civil Legal Clinic (free legal aid program for socially destitute persons) at the University of Niš. In her latest publication she focused on the analysis of the concept of non-discrimination rule in relation with private autonomy. Ms. Simonović is actively engaged in the activities of SEELS, participating as a lecturer in the Summer School ‘EU Open Markets’ in 2015.

Asst. Prof. Dr. Maša Alijević (Zenica)

Maša Alijević is assistant professor at the department for state and international public law of the University of Zenica, Faculty of Law and member of the editorial board of the SEE LJ. After undertaking her undergraduate studies at the University of Sarajevo, Faculty of Law, Ms. Alijević continued her postgraduate as well as her doctoral studies at the faculty of law in Zenica which she finished successfully in 2014. Despite the early stage of her academic career Ms. Alijević has published articles in numerous scientific magazines on topics such as the independence of the judiciary and EU-Bosnian relations in the implementation of judicial as well as constitutional reforms. Ms. Alijević is the manager of the faculty’s law magazine and was appointed vice dean for education and student affairs in 2015.

Prof. Dr. Nada Dollani (Tirana)

Nada Dollani is Professor for Civil Law at the University of Tirana, Faculty of Law. As an expert for European private law, she has extensive teaching experience in subjects such as European consumer law and comparative private law. She participated regularly in the Civil Law Forum for South East Europe and has published numerous scientific articles on a wide range of subjects related to the interplay of Albanian and European legal affairs. After graduating in 1999 in legal studies from the Faculty of Law in Tirana Prof. Dollani finished her PhD studies at her faculty in 2010. Prof. Dollani continued her research activities in the same year at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and Private International Law Hamburg and University of Bologna. In addition to her academic responsibilities at the Faculty of Law in Tirana, Prof. Dollani functions as editorial board member of the SEE LJ.

Prof. Dr. Vladimir Savković (Podgorica)

Vladimir Savković, Prof., is Associate Professor and Vice-Dean of the University of Montenegro, Faculty of Law. His primary fields of interest are company and securities law, maritime law and European Union law. Currently he is a member of the Negotiation Team of Montenegro with the EU in ongoing accession negotiations in charge of coordinating negotiations in chapters 3, 6, 7 and 20. He has been legal advisor for the OSCE Mission to Montenegro (2005–08), and took part in a number of projects concerning the reform of the Montenegro legal system in general. Prof. Savković is a member of the SEE LJ editorial board

Asst. Prof. Dr. Svetislav Kostić (Belgrade)

Svetislav Kostić is an Assistant Professor at the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Law and expert on EU tax law and its application in South East Europe. Besides lecturing European and international tax law, he published several articles on the topic, in which he articulated his special interest in cross-border dimensions in taxation. Prof. Kostić received his LL.M from the University of New York, School of Law in 2008 and defended his PhD at the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Law in 2014. He is a member of the SEE LJ editorial board.

Asst. Prof. Dr. Romana Matanovac Vučković (Zagreb)

Romana Matanovac Vučković received her doctor’s degree from the Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, with the thesis ‘Transfer and License of a Trade Mark in the Context of the Alignment of the Croatian Law with the European Law’. Since 2011, she has been employed as an Associated Professor at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Law, Civil Law Chair, working there as a Teaching Assistant and a Senior Teaching Assistant from 2003. She adjourned her work at the Faculty of Law from 2005 to 2008, performing in that period the function of the Deputy Director General of the State Intellectual Property Office of the Republic of Croatia.
From 2010 to 2012, Prof.Matanovac Vučković was a consultant of the European Patent Organization in the projects of legal assistance in the field of intellectual property in Montenegro and Kosovo. She has participated in numerious EU funded projects and as a member of two working groups, she participated in the preparation of negotiations of the Republic of Croatia with the European Union for Chapter 7 - Intellectual Property Law and Chapter 26 - Education and Culture. Prof.Matanovac Vučković is a member of the SEE LJ editorial board.

Prof. Dr. Siniša Varga (Kragujevac)

Prof. Siniša Varga is engaged as a lecturer at the Faculty of Law in Kragujevac where he teaches intellectual property law, at the business law chair. He received his doctor’s degree in 2004 from the Faculty of Law, University of Novi Sad defending the thesis “The Protection of Loyal Competition in the Frames of the EU Law”. In 2007 he was appointed Assistant Professor, and since 2012 he works as Associate Professor at the University in Kragujevac Faculty of Law.
Apart from his engagement as a lecturer, he was also participating in projects mainly related to the business law, such as “Large-scale commercial systems and technology transfer”, a project that was conducted by the Business Academy in Novi Sad, Serbia in 2005 and “Harmonization of the SEE with the EU Business Law and with the standards of the Council of Europe”, implemented in 2005 by the Institute of Comparative Law in Belgrade. He is an author of various publications related to intellectual property law and competition law focusing both on national and EU law. Prof.Varga is a member of the SEE LJ editorial board.

Prof. Dr. Edita Čulinović-Herc (Rijeka)

Edita Čulinović-Herc is a professor at the faculty of Law in Rijeka where she holds the position of the Head of the Commercial and Company Law Chair. She her Ph.D at the Faculty of Law in Zagreb in 1997.
She was engaged as a coordinator for several courses at the graduate study programme (commercial, companies, banking and capital market law) and at the postgraduate level international economic law. She was a member of the two working groups in the process of negotiation for the accession of the Croatia to European Ideas Network (EIN): ‘Company law’ and ‘Consumers and Health’ appointed by the Government of the Republic of Croatia. In 2006 she was appointed as lay magistrate at Higher Commercial Court in Zagreb and in 2011 she was elected as a Vice Dean for science at the Rijeka Law Faculty. She was draftor and Principal Coordinator of the Accredited Postgraduate Specialistic Study Programme at the Faculty of Law in Rijeka “Corporate Finance Law” and in 2012 a member of the Ministry of Finance Working group for preparation of the Law on UCITS Funds and the Law on Alternative Investment Funds. She was a member of the Croatian Ministry of Finance Audit Public Oversight Committee and supports the SEE LJ as a member of its editorial board.


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