Dear colleagues,
the world in which we live is constantly changing. These changes require a permanent upgrade and an adequate legal regulation. However, it is apparent that the law, both at the theoretical as well as at the normative level, legs behind the practical needs. We are missing not only the rules which are relevant for the everyday citizens’ lives, but also the rules that shall, on a lasting basis, channel the flows which are of the crucial importance for the societies and the humankind in its entirety. At the Assembly of the European Law Institute held in Vienna in 2015, it was concluded that the contemporary law does not offer answers to numerous questions in relation to the mass migration. Legal loopholes in that area still exist. The Secretary-General of the United Nations has recently pointed out that the legal regulation with regard to the climate changes and sustainable development is insufficient and that the existing principals shall be reconsidered while the new ones shall be adopted so as to uphold the contemporary environmental law. The answers to other challenges such as: a dramatic increase of the world’s population and a simultaneous hefty depopulation in some parts of the world, a drastic social stratification followed by the rising inequalities between the countries and within some countries; devastating economic crises; a massive use of information and communications technology; new types of cybercrimes; an accelerating development of biotechnology and etc., have also been missing.

The Faculty of Law of the University of Novi Sad, as a public an socially responsible institution, has a few years ago started and financially supported a scientific-research and development project which is devoted to the current and future challenges which demand the answers both at a theoretical and practical level. With the aim of upgrading and sharing our knowledge with other legal scholars and practitioners, we will organize an International Scientific Conference entitled Legal Tradition and New Legal Challenges which will take place at the Faculty of Law of the University of Novi Sad on October 3rd and 4th, 2019 (Thursday and Friday).

The organization of the Conference will be supported by the International Scientific Council comprising the leading European legal thinkers who have been chasing the answers to the new legal challenges in the past few decades: Professor Dr. Christian von Bar, the former Chairman of the Study Group on a European Civil Code and the Study Group on the Draft Common Frame of Reference, academician Vékás Lajos, a vice president of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and a Chairman of the Working Group on a Hungarian Civil Code; Professor Dr. Mauro Bussani, a Chairman of the largest European scientific-research and development project in the area of law  The Common Core of European Private Law, Professor Dr. Ján Lazar, a former Chairman of the Working Group on Civil Code of Slovakia and Dr. Nikola Gavella,  Professor Emeritus of the Law Faculty of the University of Zagreb.

The Conference participants will be addressed by the keynote speakers. One of the keynote speakers will be a Professor Dr. Marko Ilešič, the judge of the Court of Justice of the European Union, the judge-rapporteur in a famous case Google Spain SL and Google Inc. v Agencia Española de Protección de Datos (‘AEPD’) and Costeja González, to whom the merits are being credited within international circles for shaping the so-called Right to be forgotten.

Herewith we invite You to apply for participation in the Conference with a paper submission or as a person who endeavours to deepen his/her knowledge.

The presentations will be held in English and in South Slavic languages, without simultaneous interpretation. The speakers may freely choose the language of their presentations.

Applicants should submit an abstract in English accompanied with the keywords by June 25, 2019. The abstracts will be reviewed by the two international and anonymous reviewers.

The applications shall be submitted by e-mail to the following address:

By August 15, 2109, the organizers will send the reviews to the applicants and inform them if their participation in the Conference is accepted.

There is a possibility that the final, reviewed papers in a full text will be published in Zbornik radova Pravnog fakulteta u Novom Sadu (Collected Papers of the Faculty of Law in Novi Sad), the scientific journal ranked as M 24.

Detailed information about the participant application and registration, available hotels, events, fees and etc., are available at the Conference website
It will be our honour and pleasure to host you on October 3rd and 4th in Novi Sad – the city which was elected for the European Youth Capital of 2019 and European Capital of Culture of 2021.
Sincerely Yours,

Prof. Dr., Dr.h.c. Dušan Nikolić
President of the Organizing Committee
Prof. Dr. Branislav Ristivojević
Dean of the Faculty of Law

Novi Sad, April 2019