South East Europe 2013-14

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The second Regional Rounds of the Price Media Law Moot Court Competition were held in Belgrade, Serbia, from 13th–15th December, 2013, co-organised by the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Law, and supported by the Serbian Ministry of Culture and Information and the OSCE Mission to Serbia.
Participating universities came from Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Greece to qualify for the International Rounds in Oxford. The participants had the chance to show their impressive advocacy skills to some of the most prominent legal experts from the region, including Ms Margarita Tsatsa Nikolovska, judge of the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Justice Dragoljub Popović of the European Court of Human Rights.In a rematch of last year’s final, the University of Zagreb, Croatia, managed to successfully defend the title against the University of Nis, Serbia.

Results

Overal Winner:

University of Zagreb, Croatia

Overall Runner-up:

University of Nis, Serbia

Best Memorials:

University of Zagreb, Croatia

Best Memorials – Runner-up:

University of Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Best Oralist:

Mr Georgios Gregoraidis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Best Oralist – Runner-up:

Ms Jelena Icic, University of Nis, Serbia

Other qualifying team:

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Other participating teams (in alphabetical order):

Union University in Belgrade, Serbia

University of Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

University of Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Judges

Ms Christina Akrivopoulou is Committee President of the Appeals Asylum Authority in Athens, Greece. She holds a Ph.D. in Constitutional Law and Human Rights. She lectured at the Faculty of Political Sciences of the Democritus University of Thrace and currently lectures at the Hellenic Open University. She is editor in chief of the International Journal of Human Rights and Constitutional Studies. She specialises in human rights theory, privacy and personal data protection, freedom of expression and the press, asylum law and refugee rights.

Ms Vesna Alaburić graduated from the Faculty of Political Sciences and the Faculty of Law of the University of Zagreb. She currently works as a media defence lawyer. She has represented media outlets in hundreds of civil and criminal cases and has also participated in the drafting of media legislation in Croatia. She held the position of senior legal adviser in the Croatian Ministry of Information. She lectured the Public Media Law course at the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Zagreb
and has written four books, a dozen of scientific articles and numerous articles for Croatian newspapers.

Ms Milica Andrejević graduated from the Faculty of Law, University of Nis. Last year, she was a member of the Price Moot team, which was Runner-up at the Regional Rounds in South-East Europe and won the award for the Best Memorials at both the Regional and International Rounds. During her studies, Milica took part in various legal clinics such as Eristic Dialectics and Legal clinic for the protection of women’s rights, providing pro bono legal help. She is involved in the NGO sector as an activist for human rights.

Ms Elma Bešlić is a fourth year student at the Faculty of Law of the University of Sarajevo, and an alumna of the 2013 Price Moot Court. She completed the Media Law Clinic in 2012. She currently works at the Institute for Youth Development KULT as a project assistant tasked with the writing and editing of IUVENTA, a magazine about working with youth. She also organizes training programmes for young aspiring journalists as a part of her job.

Mr Peđa Đurasović graduated from the Faculty of Law in Sarajevo. He started his career as a Lawyer at the Office of the Agent of the government of Bosnia and Herzegovina before the European Court of Human Rights. As of 2011, he was appointed as a Legal Adviser-Expert at the Office of the Military Ombudsman. Peđa participated as a Research Adviser at the international research project (http://www.propocon.com/). In addition, Peđa was a guest lecturer on several international courses on human rights.

Ms Anja Gengo graduated with a degree in law from the University of Sarajevo. She started to debate in 2006 and since 2008, has worked as a judge, trainer and a coach for BP and KP debates. She has participated in several moot courts both as a competitor and as a trainer, including the Price Moot Court and the Balkan Case Challenge. She lectures at the Legal Clinics for Hate Speech, Freedom of Speech and Media Freedoms. Currently, Ms Gengo works at a law firm in Sarajevo.

Mr Armer Juka is a State Advocate representing the Republic of Albania in foreign jurisdictions, particularly in international arbitration. He was a lawyer from 2009 to 2012 at Haxhia & Hajdari, a leading law firm established in Tirana. He has a special interest in moot court competitions, having participated himself as a student in the European Law Moot Court competition and having been a judge at the first edition of the Euro-Albanian Moot Court competition on Human Rights.

Mr Slobodan Kremenjak is head of the IP, media and telecommunications practice group at Zivkovic Samardzic Law Office in Belgrade. He has been a media law adviser for a major association of Serbian broadcasters since 1998 and was a member of the several expert groups founded by the Serbian Government for drafting media and telecoms related legislation. Slobodan is the 2005 ANEM Lighthouse Award laureate for his personal contribution to the development of the media sector in Serbia.

Ms Helena Mandić graduated from the Sarajevo Faculty of Law, and has worked in the Communications Regulatory Agency since its inception in 1998, where she currently holds the position of Director of Broadcasting. Helena participated in the work of expert groups drafting the BiH Press Code as well as laws on defamation, freedom of information and communications. She participated in several education programs organised by PCMLP. Helena is a co-author of Media Law in BiH, a comprehensive overview of the media law framework in BiH. Ms Ena Mesihović is a fourth year student at the Faculty of Law of the University of Sarajevo, and an alumna of the 2013 Price Moot Court. She completed the Media Law Clinic in 2012. She was involved in international debating competitions as a representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina. She is a volunteer at the Municipal Court of Sarajevo. She works as a board member and master trainer of peer education at Association XY, Sarajevo.

Dr Dragoljub Popović was a tenured Professor of Law at the University of Belgrade until 1998, then a practising lawyer, a guest researcher at the Institute of Federalism at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland and ambassador of his country in Switzerland. Since April 2005 he has been a judge at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

Ms Marija Raus has worked for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) since 2007. She serves as Human Rights Adviser to the UN Resident Coordinator and UN Country Team in the Republic of Serbia. She provides support in monitoring human rights situations and assisting the Serbian Government to develop the capacity to promote and protect human rights. Ms Raus holds a Masters in International Human Rights Law from the University of Oxford, Department for Continuing Education.

Dr Krisztina Rozgonyi has been a senior regulator and legal adviser for a number of governments, regulators, and companies. Dr Rozgonyi was Chairperson of the Telecoms Authority in Hungary, acts as adviser to the Serbian Government in the digital switchover, and works in Kirgyzistan, Armenia, and Georgia as director for the World Bank CAS InfoDev project. She also works for the Rwandan regulator RURA as an ITU expert. Her specialisations are media and telecommunications regulation, digital switchover legal strategies, and media law with a focus on digital age issues and digital archives in copyright law. Dr Rozgonyi is a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Digital Television.

Ms Ajsela Šišković-Sulejmanović got her LL.B. from Deakin University and her LL.M. in Public International Law from UCL. She works as a civil lawyer at the Victoria Legal Aid Civil Justice Programme. She did
internships in the Asylum Seeker Research Centre, ICTY and Advice on Individual Rights in Europe Centre. She specialises in comparative human rights law, law and policy of international courts and tribunals, criminal law and war law.

Ms Ivana Stanković is a senior undergraduate at the Faculty of Law of the University of Nis. She was a member of the Price Moot Court team from the University of Nis that won the award for the Best Memorials at both the Regional and International Rounds in 2013. Ivana represented her Faculty also at the VI Regional Moot Court Competition before the European Court of Human Rights in Sarajevo in 2012 and at the European Human Rights Moot Court Competition in Strasbourg in 2013.

Mr Stevan Stanojević graduated from the University of Nis, Faculty of Law. Stevan was a member of the Price Moot Court team from the University of Nis in 2012, which was runner-up in the South East Europe Rounds, and won the award for the best memorials at both the Regional and the International Rounds. Stevan also took part in various workshops for mooting at the Faculty and attended the public hearing on a new Public Information Act in Serbia.

Ms Margarita Tsatsa Nikolovska graduated from the Faculty of Law of the University of Skopje. She worked as a judge in Macedonian courts, including the Supreme Court, for 20 years. She was an ECHR judge for 10 years. She is currently a judge of the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina. She is the President of the Macedonian Institute for Human Rights. She is a member of, and actively collaborates with, numerous other domestic and international human-rights-oriented organisations.

Ms Jadranka Vojvodić is Deputy Director and Head of the Legal and Finance Department of the Agency for Electronic Media of Montenegro. She has been a member of the Standing Committee on Transfrontier Television and a member of the Executive Council of the European Audiovisual Observatory. She appeared before the Administrative Court of Montenegro in cases concerning broadcasters’ and cable operators’ rights and obligations in the field of copyright and licensing.

Ms Cornelia Zeineddine (formerly Epuras) holds an LL.M. in International Human Rights Law, University of Essex (thesis on Minorities Issues in the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries) and an LL.B. from the University of Bucharest, where she simultaneously studied for a diploma in European Juridical Sciences from
Paris I University. Her team reached the semi-finals and was runner-up for Best Memorials at the 2010 Price Moot Court Competition. Her interests include human rights and freedom of expression. She has presented at conferences related to the Middle East states and societies.

Ms Dinka Živalj is Spokesperson/Head of Media Unit of the Regional Cooperation Council. She is also an ECQA Certified EU Project Manager and a member of the Steering Committee of the Association of Public Sector Communicators in South-East Europe. She previously served as Head of Press and Public Information of the OSCE Mission to Serbia, Political Officer at the OSCE Mission to Croatia, Spokesperson/ Media Development Officer of the OSCE Presence in Albania, as well as with the public affairs office and field offices in Zadar and Gracac of the OSCE Mission to Croatia.

Ms Ajsa Rokša Zubčević has worked at the Communications Regulatory Agency of Bosnia and Herzegovina for a number of years, dealing with all aspects of regulatory issues for the audiovisual media sector, including the defence of freedom of expression cases before the human rights court. She holds an MA in human rights and democracy (University of Bologna and University of Sarajevo), and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois in Chicago, USA.