Post-graduate open course at the IUC

The course and conference Public and Private Justice is interdisciplinary in nature. It not only deals extensively with the legal aspects of civil litigation, but also touches upon other disciplines such as history, political science, philosophy and sociology. The main aim is to analyse the role and functioning of the law and its institutions as mechanisms for the regulation of social conflicts in present-day Europe. The course also covers topics that have an impact on a global scale. The emphasis of the course lies in the real day-to-day functioning of those mechanisms in the light of the applicable normative framework. The course focuses on the resolution of civil disputes, both in general and in specific areas (e.g. commercial and family litigation). Equal attention is given to mechanisms established and controlled by the state (i.e. courts and other institutions of „public justice“) and mechanisms that are established and controlled by civil society actors (persons and tribunals in the field of „private justice“, including arbitration and mediation)



Public and Private Justice - 2024

Judicial Precedents:
Uniformity and Pluralism


27 - 31 May 2024 

Outline * Program (in progress)







List of previous courses (more on these courses - see the Archive)

PPJ 2023 XVII The Heroes of Judicial Periphery: Court Experts, Court Clerks and Other Actors in the Shadow (29 May - 2 June 2023)
PPJ 2022 XVI The End of Civil Procedure? Challenges of Automatization, Specialization and Privatization (23-26 May 2022)
PPJ 2021 XV Civil Procedure: What after COVID? (25-27 May 2021)
PPJ 2019 XIV Class Actions - The Holy Grail for (European) Civil Procedure? (27-31 May 2019)
PPJ 2018 XIII Harmonization of Civil Procedure in Europe. Prospects for an Integration amidst Disintegration? (28 May - 1 June 2018)
PPJ 2017 XII Transformation of Civil Justice: Unity and Diversity (29 May - 2 June 2017)
PPJ 2016 XI Arbitration and Court Litigation: Cross-Fertilization or Complementarity? (23-27 May 2016)
PPJ 2015 X Private Justice in Service of Public Goals? Outsourcing of Judicial Tasks and Functions - Blessing or Betrayal (8-12 June 2015)
PPJ 2014 IX Procedural Human Rights and Access to Justice in the World of Emergencies and Economic Crisis (26-30 May 2014)
PPJ 2013 VIII Evidence in Civil Procedure. Fundamental issues and challenge of reforms (27-31 May 2013)
PPJ 2012 VII Appeals and Other Means of Recourse Against Judgments (28 May - 1 June 2012)
PPJ 2011 VI Truth and Efficiency in Civil Proceedings (23-27 May 2011)
PPJ 2010 V Landscape of the Euroepan Legal Profession: Has Unity Been Lost? (24-28 May 2010)
PPJ 2009 IV Enforcement, Enforceability and Effectiveness of Legal Protection (25-29 May 2009)
PPJ 2008 III The Foundations of an Accountable, Accessible and Efficient Judiciary (May 19-23, 2008)
PPJ 2007 II The Contribution of the CEPEJ to Justice Reforms in Europe (May 28 - June 1, 2007)
PPJ 2006 I Establishing Fair and Efficient Justice System (May 22-26, 2006)


IUC in Dubrovnik



  Prof. Stefaan Voet (Leuven)


Prof. Alan Uzelac (Zagreb)
Prof. Remco van Rhee (Maastricht)
Prof. Jon T. Johnsen (Oslo)
Prof. Burkhard Hess (Heidelberg)
Prof. Vesna Rijavec (Maribor)
Prof. Paul Oberhammer (Vienna)
Prof. Elisabetta Silvestri (Pavia)


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The course Public and Private Justice has so far been organized in cooperation with the following organisations:
Council of Europe - European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ)
United Nation Commission for International Trade Law (UNCITRAL)
The World Bank (WB)
Balkan Enforcement Reform Project (BERP)

Financial support for past and present courses provided by:
Croatian Science Foundation (HRZZ) project IP-11-2013 TCJust-UD
Croatian Chamber of Notaries (HJK)
European Union (DEECP) - JUST/2011-2012/JCIV/AG/3434
The Norwegian Embassy Zagreb - for 2011-12
The Royal Netherlands Embassy Zagreb (MATRA support scheme) - for 2006-2011
The British Embassy Zagreb - for 2007/2008
Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Croatia (MZOŠ)
Higher Education Support Scheme (HESP/OSI)
Center for International Legal Cooperation (CILC) - for 2009
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) - for 2009

Norwegian EmbassyMATRA



UNCITRALRussian translation - Enforcement and EnforceabilityCEPEJ






British Embassy