Union Belgrade International and Comparative Law Forum
2022 Junior Scholars Conference
“Between National and International – Contemporary Challenges and Prospects”

The International and Comparative Law Forum of the Union University Belgrade Faculty of Law, a permanent platform for academic discussions on topics of international and comparative law, is organising a junior scholar conference, which will take place virtually on 25-26 March 2022 on the topic Between National and International – Contemporary Challenges and Prospects.

The conference seeks to examine interactions between national and international law and how these interactions impact individuals. The examination can be from theoretical, doctrinal, empirical, socio-legal, and/or practical perspectives. The specific attention will be given to ideas which explore these interactions in post-conflict and democratic transition settings. Moreover, a special panel will be dedicated to the issue of transitional justice in the region of the Balkans and beyond. This panel is supported by UNDP and UK Government.

Keynote address will be delivered by Professor Steven Ratner of the University of Michigan Law School and Professor Marko Milanović of the University of Nottingham Faculty of Law.

Being a junior scholars’ event, the conference is intended only for graduate students, PhD candidates, postdoctoral researchers, and lecturers. It aims to provide an opportunity for junior scholars to present and discuss their work with the faculty from the Union Law Belgrade and prominent members of international and comparative law academic community. The Conference is primarily intended for scholars in law, but submissions from related disciplines are also welcomed.

Language of the conference is English, while the papers can also be submitted in BHS (Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian).

Conference Board:

  1. Matej Avbelj, Faculty of Government and European Studies, New University Ljubljana
  2. Violeta Beširević, Faculty of Law, Union University Belgrade
  3. Aleksandra Čavoški, Faculty of Law, University of Birmingham
  4. Filip Ejdus, Faculty of Political Science, University of Belgrade
  5. Miodrag Jovanović, Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade
  6. Andreas Müller, Department of European Law and Public International Law, University of Innsbruck
  7. Tatjana Papić, Faculty of Law, Union University Belgrade
  8. Jelena Subotić, Department of Political Science, Georgia State University

Cooperation with the Union University Law School Review:

The Conference will collaborate with the Union University Law School Review (Pravni zapisi), which is an open access, peer-reviewed journal published by Union University Belgrade Faculty of Law, indexed on HeinOnline and ERIH Plus platforms. Within the national ranking of scholarly journals, the Review has been ranked as a leading national journal (M51) in the category of Law and Political Science. This journal will give serious consideration to publish papers selected for the Conference, upon double blind peer review. Additional details on the publication process will be provided after selection of abstracts.

Submission and Selection:

To apply to the conference, click HERE.

You need to submit: (1) an online form, (2) an abstract (up to 700 words) of your unpublished work and (3) a copy of your CV by 20 December 2021. Please save all files as Word documents in the following format: LAST NAME – FIRST NAME – ABSTRACT/CV.

The selection of the abstracts will be conducted on their quality and originality. Decisions on selected abstracts will be communicated by no later than 24 January 2022. Selected participants will be required to submit final papers by 7 March 2022.


While the Conference will take place virtually, junior scholars whose work is selected for presentation who wish to come to Belgrade may present their papers at the premises of the Union Law if they can provide the certificate of a full COVID-19 immunization.

Unfortunately, we are unable to support the travel and accommodation in Belgrade neither financially nor logistically.


Questions can be directed to the Conference Coordinator, Ms. Ivana Vukčević, at ivana.vukcevic@pravnifakultet.edu.rs.

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