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Students of the Dutch Tilburg University at the Constitutional Court

8 April 2015 - within an educational program in which they acquire information on European legal systems, members of the Magister JFT association of law students of the Tilburg University visited the Croatian Constitutional Court. Judge Dr Snježana Bagić, Deputy President, who received the students, introduced them in the workings, organisation and jurisdiction of the Croatian Constitutional Court as well as in the particularities of the Croatian constitutional judiciary. They also talked about the application of the European Convention for Human Rights and discussed about the differences between the two legal systems.

The Tilburg University, situated in the south of the Netherlands, in the province of North Barbant, was established in 1927, and since then carries out educational programs in the social sciences, including economics, law, psychology, sociology and humanities.

H.E. Michéle Boccoz, Ambassador of France to Croatia visited the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Croatia

1 April 2015 - Professor Jasna Omejec, President of the Croatian Constitutional Court, together with Dr Teodor Antić, Secretary General, received today in a curtesy call H.E. Michéle Boccoz, Ambassador of the French Republic to the Republic of Croatia. President Omejec informed Ambassador Boccoz, who presented her credentials in January 2013, about the functioning and organisation of the Croatian Constitutional Court and they also discussed particularities of the French legal system, although the recent changes of the French Constitution brought the jurisdiction of the French Constitutional Council more closer to the continental-European legal circle, given that it acquired competence of the constitutional review of laws enacted by the Parliament. They also talked about the Croatian Constitutional Court jurisdiction over referendum. In that light President Omejec recalled the decisions of the Constitutional Court in which we have set the fundamental democratic standards for carrying out the referendum in Croatia. At the end they recalled the recent visit of the Vice-President of the French State Council, Mr. Sauvé, which they have both found very successful.

President Omejec at the Law Faculty of the University of Belgrade

25 March 2015 – with her lecture on the role of constitutional judiciary in the processes of transition and Europeanization of the Croatian law, Professor Dr Jasna Omejec, President of the Croatian Constitutional Court, addressed the students of the course Law and Justice at the University of Belgrade Law Faculty. In her lecture she recalled the fundamental role of constitutional courts in the post-communist states, where the constitutional judiciary found itself amidst national and European law. She pointed out to confusion in legislative, and in general, regulative system of our country and to the troubled state of our judiciary chained in the textual or grammatical positivism, as well as to the strong lack of understanding of the Constitutional Court's role given that the Croatian society still does not except the fact that the constitutional judiciary supervises the legal frame of the state created by the political power. At the end she emphasised the need for general improvement of political culture and for spreading the awareness of democratic values and constant learning. She called upon the students to build their legal awareness in accordance with European legal standards entailed in their Constitution and to continuously cherish constitutional values.