Interchange between education and practice is a characteristic that is constantly present in Alen’s professional career. Alen is attracted by challenges and does his best to provide appropriate solutions.
Alen pursued his PhD studies at the University of Glasgow after four years of working experience as assistant lecturer and researcher in his native country, Slovenia. The system of private antitrust enforcement requires changes to the existing teaching, research, and practical application of antitrust laws. Practitioners and courts are left with no answer and guidance about whether the system of private antitrust enforcement is suitable for the international context. In particular, the guidance about standards that should be introduced to deal with transnational antitrust cases is lacking. Therefore, the research topic has required intellectually stimulating environment, critical, and knowledgeable supervisors with long and efficient practical and academic experience. That is why the University of Glasgow has resulted to be the most suitable place to pursues PhD studies after four years of lecturing and researching at the University of Primorska, Faculty of Management Koper (Slovenia).
At the time when Alen was employed at the Faculty of Management, the professional challenge did not consist merely in teaching students and contributing that they achieve at least the required competences. He was given the privilege to modernize curriculums at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. Alen was also entrusted as a member of the Faculty’s Management Board and as a member of Editorial Board of the Journal ‘Management’. Knowledge and experience obtained during LL.M. Studies in International Business Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science (London, the UK) had resulted to be extremely beneficial, useful, with strong practical aspect, and therefore much appreciated and helpful with this regard.
The first time Alen experienced the necessity of close relation and mutual interdependence between theory and practice in development of law was during his two-years apprenticeship at the Higher Court of Koper (Slovenia) when the court was the first time challenged with new statutes in area of commercial law and with new approaches in the area of criminal procedure. Being an undergraduate law student at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Law (Slovenia) and the citizen of the country that is young and which legal system still has to mature, have made Alen aware and gave him confidence about how to deal efficiently with these or similar types of situations where the existing law requires certain amendments or new approach.
Alen was granted the rare opportunity to put his knowledge and skills into practice already at the time when he was undergraduate student. He worked for the Government of the Republic of Slovenia when the government had to prepare legislation and changes to the Slovenian Constitution required for the accession of the Republic of Slovenia to the EU.
The challenges that are constantly present in Alen’s professional career are not limited to the area of law and academia. For the past two years, he is the Warden at the student residence site that is not only the biggest within the University of Glasgow, but it is also among the biggest in the entire UK. Alen is directly responsible for the welfare of more than 1200 British and International Students.
• Commercial Contract Law
co-author, University of Primorska, Faculty of Management Koper, 2008, Koper, Slovenia
• Mobility of Work and Flexibility of Wage Systems
co-author, University of Primorska, Faculty of Management Koper, 2007, Koper, Slovenia
• Law of Obligations
co-author, University of Primorska, Faculty of Management Koper, 2006, Koper, Slovenia
• Competition on Global Market – a Way towards an Autonomous International Court for Global Competition Cases
Managing Global Transitions, 2008, 6 (2): 207-222
• Breaching the EC competition law and private action for damages: Race to the bottom or improvement of the efficiency of enforcement?
in 50 years of European Union, Vinko Kandžija and Andrej Kumar [ed.], University of Rijeka, Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Economics, Centre d'Etudes du Développement International ed des Mouvements, Economiques et Sociaux, University of Antwerpen, 2008, Rijeka, Croatia
• Legal Status of CEO
in Legal Status of Managers, Faculty of Management, Vodovnik [ed.], 2008, Koper, Slovenia
• Legal Status of Managers under the EU Law
in Commercial Subjects on the Market – Modernization of Commercial Law, University of Maribor, School of Law, Maribor and the Institute of Commercial Law Maribor, 2006, Maribor, Slovenia
• A Time for rethinking the Statues of States within the Antitrust Enforcement; or do We need to wait for another “Unexpected Economic Situation”?
Moving Forward conference, The University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, UK, 21-22 July 2009
• The Role of Private Parties Interests in Formulating the “Common Good” within the Area of Antitrust Law
The Common Good in Law, Second Antwerp-Glasgow Doctoral Colloquium, Antwerp Law School, [May] 2009
• To what extent is a Competition Law independent, autonomous or even specific Area of Law?
Competition Law Forum, School of Law, University of Glasgow, [November] 2008
• Appropriate (Domestic) Remedies within the Private Antitrust Litigation
International Graduate Legal Research Conference 2008 [June], King’s College, London, UK
• Interdependent Antitrust Harm – the Way towards Global Antitrust Enforcing Standard or merely another of Protecting Antitrust Enforcement Measures?
AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Training Project, Legal Research Methodologies in European Union and International Law, University of Sheffield, [June] 2008
• Competitiveness between Higher Education Institutions – Globalization and its Limits – Legal Point of View
20th Annual World International Congress for Effectiveness and Improvement, Portorož, Slovenia [January] 2007
• International Trade Law Limitations to the Global Competition
Management International Conference, “Advancing Business and Management in Knowledge-based Society, Bernardin, Slovenia, [November] 2006
• Tutor, European Union Law, School of Law, University of Glasgow [ 1/2009 - 5/2010]
Past teaching experience
• Assistant Lecturer and Researcher
University of Primorska, Faculty of Management Koper, Slovenia [10/2003 - 9/2007], giving lectures and running seminars at undergraduate and postgraduate level in the areas of Intruduction to Law, Commercial Law, Contract Law, Tort Law, Law of Remedies, Labor Law
• Visiting Lecturer. International Mergers and Acquisitions: Legal Limitaitons to Economic Efficiency
Glasgow Caledonian University, Caledonian Business School, 2007 [April], Glasgow, UK
• Visiting Lecturer. Relations between the European Union and its Member States
University Sup de Co, 2006 [May], Amiens, France
• Visiting Lecturer. Regulating and Enforcing Global Competition
University of Nicolas Copernicus, 2005 [May], Torun, Poland
• PhD Discussion Group and Competition Law Forum, School of Law, University of Glasgow [founder in 12/2008 and coordinator until 5/2010]
• Distinguished Teaching Award
Awarded by the University of Primorska, Faculty of Management Koper, Slovenia, 2006
• Ad Futura scholarship for the academic year 2002/2003
Ad futura was the public science foundation, founded by the Republic of Slovenia. Now it is called Slovene Human Resources development and Scholarship Fund
• Prize for the best law thesis of the year 1999
Awarded by the Slovenian Association of the Lawyers in Business The title of the thesis was “Management and Supervisory Board in a Joint – Stock Company”