The Jean Monnet Chair

Project leader:

dr. Matej Avbelj – is a holder of the Jean Monnet Chair at the New University.

dr. Matej Avbelj is a Professor of European Law and Prorector at the New University, Ljubljana, Slovenia. He graduated from University of Ljubljana Faculty of Law, obtained an LL.M at NYU School of Law and defended his PhD at the European University Institute. Dr. Avbelj has been awarded several prestigious international fellowships and research grants and has acted as a guest lecturer at many universities in Europe and the USA. He has written extensively in the fields of EU law, constitutional law, legal theory and human rights protection.

Dr. Avbelj is, inter alia, the editor in chief of the Commentary of the Constitution of the Republic of Slovenia. His most recent books in English, for example, include: The Future of EU Constitutionalism (Hart 2023, forthcoming). The Impact of European Institutions on the Rule of Law and Democracy in Slovenia and Beyond (Hart 2020, with Letnar Černič); The European Union under Transnational law (Hart, 2018); Research Handbook on Legal Pluralism and EU Law (Edward Elgar 2018, co-edited with Davies); Kadi on Trial: A Multifaceted Analysis of the Kadi Trial (Routledge 2016, co-edited with Martinico and Fontanelli); Constitutional Pluralism in the EU and beyond (Hart 2012; co-edited with Komarek).

He has led or acted as a researcher on several research projects in the fields of European public law. He has been an active member of Slovenian and international professional and civil society organisations promoting the values of constitutional democracy. He has acted as a consultant for the public and private sector institutions in the fields of constitutional law, EU law and human rights protection. Most recently he assumed a membership on the management board of the European Agency for Fundamental Rights.

Members of the Jean Monnet Chair

dr. Gorazd Justinek – Assistant Professor of International Business and Business Sciences, former diplomat and founding member of the Economic Diplomacy Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, collaborator on the project.

dr. Katarina Vatovec – Assistant Professor of European Law, collaborator on the project.

doc. dr. Verena Rošic Feguš – Assistant Professor of European Law, collaborator on the project.