Current questions on the law of property

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Over 100 participants from the judiciary and the bar association and junior staff took part in the online seminar "Current Issues in Property Law" on 30 and 31 March 2022. The seminar focused on various issues of real estate case law.

IRZ organised the event with the Centre for the Education of the Judiciary and the Public Prosecutor’s Office of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The speakers included

  • Dr. Larisa Velić, Dean of the Faculty of Law in Zenica
  • State Attorney Ismet Velić and
  • Goran Nezirović, Judge at the Supreme Court of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina

The practical relevance of this event was ensured, as the participants were able to submit questions from their own work in progress, which the speakers addressed in their presentations. Participants also asked questions or commented on the legal views presented in the chat during the ongoing events.

A number of legal problems were addressed during the event which the case law of Bosnia and Herzegovina solves differently in some certain aspects These include the inadequate documentation of legal relationships to land in the past, the former Yugoslav titular property form of "social property", and questions of succession to former state property within the framework of the various levels of the complicated state structure in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

It became apparent that the frequent, uncoordinated legislative changes in the area of law of property raise many competition problems. It is therefore no surprise that the event ended with an intense discussion, during which court decisions and statements from the scientific literature were also quoted extensively.

In view of the abundance of disputed legal issues and the economic importance of the topic, further training measures are required in this area to standardise case law and thus increase legal certainty.