Mirsad Ćeman (VP Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina) presenting his book on the reasons given for court decisions
Mirsad Ćeman (VP Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina) presenting his book on the reasons given for court decisions
Bosnia and Herzegovina

On 26 February 2019, an event on “Collective legal protection in the legislation of Bosnia and Herzegovina in light of EU Law (consumer protection and non-discrimination)” was held in partnership with the IRZ at the Centre for Education of Judges and Prosecutors of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The main speaker at the event was Professor Dr. Zlatan Meskic, who completed his legal training at the University of Vienna, where he wrote his thesis on “European Consumer Legislation, with a particular Focus on the 2007 Green Paper”.

This allowed him to compare European regulations with national legislation, as well with the jurisdiction of national courts and of the Competition Council, which is responsible for various complaints from associations. The lively discussions, which followed on from the introductory presentations on various sub-topics, focussed on protection against unreasonable general contract terms and collective legal protection in consumer rights. The latter should have been improved by the 2015 reform to the code of civil procedure, involving the introduction of a “claim to protect collective interests (article 453 a to h) to the code of civil procedure for the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In practice, however, there are still various shortcomings in the implementation of these reforms. These range from a lack of knowledge amongst judges of the consumer protection legislation to insufficient legal provisions and a lack of organisational prerequisites, such as a register for consumer complaints.

At the start of the event, the former President and current Vice-President of the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mirsad Ćeman, also presented his book on an “Introduction to the Reasons given for Court Decisions”. According to the author, this is one of the few works in the region, which is devoted to this important, but often neglected, topic. With this book, Mirsad Ćeman wants to contribute towards improving the quality of reasons given for court decisions in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and beyond.