University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Law

Introduction

The Faculty of Law in Ljubljana is one of the founding faculties of the University of Ljubljana and the oldest and the largest law faculty in Slovenia. It offers its students an intellectually exciting learning environment with high academic standards. The faculty promotes both legal knowledge and critical thought.The Faculty of Law in Ljubljana is housed in a renovated facility and provides a distinguished and creative academic setting.

In 1919 the first Faculty of Law in Slovenia was established in the context of the University of Ljubljana. On 15 April 1920, the first dean of the new Faculty, Prof. Dr. Leonid Pitamic, opened the Faculty's pedagogic and scientific activities with the introductory lecture entitled "Law and Revolution".

Ever since its inception, the Faculty has published the Collection of Scientific Papers (Zbornik znanstvenih razprav) annually, and in recent years has expanded its publication activities with the first Slovenian law magazine in foreign languages (Slovenian Law Review).The Faculty of Law has established several research institutes, some of which gradually became legally independent subjects, though still closely connected with the Faculty. These institutes are the following: Institute of Comparative Law at the Faculty of Law, Institute of Criminology, Institute of Public Administration, Institute of Labour, Economic Institute of the Faculty of Law and Institute of International Law and International Relations.

The Faculty has superb facilities and technical conditions for the realisation of the study programme, including the most extensive law library in Slovenia with more than 127 000 bibliographical units.

In recent years, the Faculty of Law has been increasingly encouraging the participation of student teams at various international Moot Court competitions, where its students have received several awards. The students participate in competitions from various fields of law, such as international commercial arbitration (Vienna), human rights law (Réné Caassin, Strasbourg), international public law (Jessup, Washington), asylum and humanitarian law and EU law (ELMC and Central and East EU Moot).

During their studies, the students are able to take part in student exchanges in the context of the LLP-Erasmus programme. The number of exchanges grows from year to year. In the academic year 2005/2006, the Faculty introduced certain optional subjects with lectures given in the English language.