From 11 to 13 October 2016, the regional conference on “The constitutional protection of property rights” was held in Vdrnik, Serbia. Representatives from the Constitutional Courts of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Montenegro also attended the conference.

The regional constitutional conference is part of the continuing, traditional and successful collaboration with the Serbian Constitutional Court. In her welcoming speech, the President of the Constitutional Court of Serbia, Vesna Ilić Prelić, was full of praise for this friendly cooperation, which has become more than just a partnership.

All the former Yugoslavian states have been through and are still going through the same legal transformation processes. The objective of the conference was therefore to encourage the exchange of experiences between the constitutional courts and to discuss how to deal with the constitutional right to property, especially in times of national and social upheaval. This applies in particular to the transition from socialism to a market economy.

The following presented country reports from their own constitutional courts:

  • Predrag Ćetković, Constitutional Judge, Serbia,
  • Dr. sc. Mato Arlović, Constitutional Judge, Croatia,
  • Hamdija Šarkinović, Constitutional Judge, Montenegro,
  • Mato Tadić, Constitutional Judge, Bosnia and Herzegovina and
  • Aleksandra Martinović, President of the Constitutional Court, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Representing Germany at the conference, Prof. Dr. Udo Steiner, a former judge at the German Federal Constitutional Court from the University of Regensburg, talked to participants about German experiences after reunification and the related legal challenges, as well as the relationship between the German Federal Constitutional Court and the European Court of Human Rights.

The event provided additional proof of the importance of sharing and exchanging experiences and dialogue when it comes to the successful legal transformation of the former Yugoslavian states.