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The Heroes of Judicial Periphery: Court Experts, Court Clerks and Other Actors in the Shadow
29 May 2023 - 02 Jun 2023
Course directors :
Alan Uzelac , University of Zagreb, Croatia
Stefaan Voet , KU Leuven, Belgium
Course description:

In national civil justice systems, the limelight is all too often cast on the main actors: judges, lawyers, and parties. However, the central stage cannot play a successful play without the supporting staff. The intention of the Seventeenth Public and Private Justice Conference is to assess the role of the ‘judicial periphery’ – the actors in the shadow who nevertheless often determine the pace, the outcome, and the flavour of the judicial process. A particularly complex relationship exists between litigation and court experts. Their knowledge and expertise may be indispensable at times, but it is among the most expensive, complicated and time-consuming means of evidence. The judges adjudicate, but where experts are involved in the process, they have a decisive impact on the outcome of litigation. Therefore, the principal focus of the XVII PPJ Conference will be on experts and the way how they are appointed, managed, and remunerated across Europe and the world. Other ancillary professions may also be decisive for effective provision of court services. Different jurisdictions have different rules and habits, but inevitably recognize the need of securing an adequate support to judges. Sometimes judges command the whole team of clerks and lawyers, sometimes share a secretary or a clerk. But in all cases, those who assist judges in their daily work produce a decisive impact on the effectiveness and quality of the judicial process. Therefore, we will inquire into their contribution, no matter whether they are called clerks, secretaries, advisors, counsels, reporters or else.

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Course lecturers:
Camilla Bernt , University of Bergen, Norway
Marko Bratković , University of Zagreb, Croatia
Juraj Brozović , University of Zagreb, Croatia
Biljana Đuričin , University of Montenegro, Montenegro
Yulin Fu , Peking University, China
Aleš Galič , University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Fernando Gascon Inhausti , Complutense University of Madrid, Spain
Gina Gioia , University of Tuscia, Italy
Zvonimir Jelinić , University of Osijek, Croatia
Xandra Kramer , University of Utrecht, Netherlands
Przemysław Kubiak , University of Lodz, Poland
Nicolas Kyriakides , University of Nicosia, Cyprus
Maurício Magalhães Lamha , Federal Court in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Eduardo Oteiza , University of La Plata, Argentina
Alvaro Perez Ragone , Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, Peru
Raf Van Ransbeeck , The International Organization for Judicial Training, Belgium
Sayedeh Salehi , Vrije University Brussel, Belgium
Elisabetta Silvestri , University of Pavia, Italy
Magne Strandberg , University of Bergen, Norway
Michael Stürner , University of Konstanz, Germany
Alan Uzelac , University of Zagreb, Croatia
Danie Van Loggerenberg , University of Pretoria, South Africa
Stefaan Voet , KU Leuven, Belgium
Branka Babović Vuksanović , University of Belgrade, Serbia
Hermes Zaneti , Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo, Brasil, Brazil
Tatjana Zoroska , Ss Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia