PROFESSOR VERICA TRSTENJAK, THE FOUNDING MOTHER OF EUROPEAN PRIVATE LAW


Professor Verica Trstenjak, a member of the Cultural Formation Research group at ISH (Institutum Studiorum Humanitatis) and Alma Mater Europaea, was described by the renowned German professor as the founding mother of European private law.

The contents of the New Private Law Theory open a new pathway to private law theory through a pluralistic approach. Book brings these different texts from different disciplines into conversation with each other, grouping them around central questions of private law and at the same time integrating them with the legal doctrinal analysis of example cases. Author Hans-W. Micklitz, Professor for Economic Law at the European University Institute, wrote in this book: »Verica Trstenjak can certainly be granted the attribute of being the founding mother of European private law as her opinions are usually built on deep comparative analyses.«

Professor Trstenjak is former Advocate General of the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg and a professor of European Union law. She worked as a head of the legal service at the Ministry of Science and Technology between 1994 and 1996, and as State Secretary at the same ministry between 1996 and 2000. In 2000 she held a post of a Secretary-General of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia. Between 2004 and 2006 she was a judge at the General Court of the European Union in Luxembourg and from 2006 to 2012 an Advocate General of the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. She was advocate general also in cases concerning fundamental human rights, fundamental economic freedoms, consumer protection cases, intellectual property cases, state aid, public procurement, ect.

She cooperates with several important institutions and organizations in Europe: member of the Permanent Court of arbitration in The Hague, arbiter on the list Vienna International arbitration Centre, member of Management Board and Executive Board of the EU Agency for fundamental rights and member of the advisory Board of the international organization Energy community. In 2012 she was appointed external scientific member of the newly established Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law in Luxembourg and appointed Professor of European Law at the Law Faculty of the University of Vienna.

Professor Trstenjak published several books and more than 300 articles and has been a lecturer at prestigious universities in Zurich, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Luxemburg, Sydney, Montreal, Singapur, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Kyoto, and Seoul.