Project researchers

Well-known researchers in the area of (EU) Competition Law

Dubravka Akšamović, Ph.D.Faculty of Law, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek
Associate professor at Faculty of Law in Osijek (elected in April 2021 for full professorship) where she teaches Company law, Contract law, Insolvency Law and Competition Law and graduate, master and PhD level. She also teaches Business law and Competition law at the Faculty of Economics in Osijek. She holds PhD in Competition Law (Concentrations versus free market competition). She is co-author of two Competition law books: Competition Law in Croatia (2019) Kluwer Law International and the most recent Pravo tržišnog natjecanja i državnih potpora (Competition and State Aids Law), Zagreb, 2021. She is co-founder and Secretary General of the Croatian Association for the Competition Law and Policy. Main areas of her research within Competition Law are concentrations (mergers) and judicial review of competition agencies decision. She has published numerous articles in the field of Competition law.
Jasminka Pecotić Kaufman, Ph.D.
Jasminka Pecotić Kaufman, Ph.D.Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia
Full professor at Faculty of Economics and Business at Zagreb University where she teaches Company Law, Contract Law and Competition Law. She is one of the most prominent Croatian Competition law experts. She holds PhD in Competition Law. She is co-founder and the President of Croatian Association for Competition Law and Policy. She is member of ASCOLA where she holds position of Co-Director for South-Easter Europe Chapter. She is also a member of Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies of Loyola University Chicago, a member of ICC Competition Commission and a Non-Government Advisor of International Competition Network. She is author or / and co-author of several Competition Law books, numerous articles. Only in last few years she organized several conferences, round tables and seminars devoted to Competition law issues
Vlatka Butorac Malnar, Ph.D.Faculty of Law, University of Rijeka, Rijeka, Croatia
Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Rijeka, where she teaches Competition Law and European Private Law to both undergraduate and postgraduate students. As an expert, she was appointed as a member of the Working group for drafting the Act on Antitrust Damages and more recently as a member of the Informal working group for the proposal of the EU Digital Markets Act. She participated in a number of EU funded projects aimed at educating EU judges in EU competition law. In addition, she continuously acts as an ad hoc legal adviser to the business sector. She researches and writes mostly on Competition law and European private law.
Siniša Petrović, Ph.D.Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia
Siniša Petrović is a key Project participant (team member). He is full professor at the Faculty of Law in Zagreb where he teaches Company Law, Contract Law and Competition Law. He established Competition Law course at his Faculty. He holds Ph.D. degree in Competition law, topic “Mergers and other concentrations from the perspective of company law”. From 2012-2015 he was a special Advisor to the Prime minister of the Republic of Croatia for European law. From 2005 until 2012 he was a Member of the Negotiating Team of the Republic of Croatia for Accession negotiations with the EU. From 2000-2003 he was a Vice-president of the Council for the Protection of Competition.He was also a Member of the working group for Competition Act.
Mirta Kapural, Ph.D.
Mirta Kapural, Ph.D.Croatian Competition Agency, Zagreb, Croatia
Head of Croatian Competition Agency/President of the Competition Council since 1 October 2021. Previously she was a Member of the Competition Council and deputy Head of International and European cooperation Department of Croatian Competition Agency. In that roles she was in charge for coordinating international cooperation of the CCA with EU Commission and EU competition authorities within European Competition Network. She has 18 years of professional experience in implementing Competition Law and policy in Croatia and she also worked as medium term and short term expert for competition in EU funded projects. She has Master of Law in EU studies from Sussex European Institute in Brighton, and PhD in company law and competition law with PhD Thesis about the application of leniency institute. She was a member of the Working group for negotiations with EU, chapters Energy, Free Movement of Workers and Competition. She was working in the EU Commission as a stagier (DG Competition). She participated in drafting several legal texts in competition field, she was chair of the working group for preparing draft amendments to Competition Act and Law on Damage claims for breaches of competition rules. She is a regular guest speaker at international Competition Law conferences, seminars, webinars and other events. Ms Kapural is also the author of the seminar and regular lecturer on national and EU Competition law in the Public School for Civil Servants in Zagreb as wells as the author of many expert articles in national and EU Competition Law published in professional journals and books.
Alexandr Svetlicinii, Ph.D.
Alexandr Svetlicinii, Ph.D.Faculty of Law, University of Macau, China
Associate Professor and Programme Coordinator of Master of Law in International Business Law at the University of Macau, Faculty of Law in Macau SAR, China. Prof. Svetlicinii is one of the leading competition law experts on Moldova and other South Eastern European jurisdictions. He holds a law degree from the Free International University of Moldova, LL.M In International Business Law from the Central European University, Master of Research (Law) and PhD in Law from the European University Institute. Among the recent works stands the monograph Competition Law in Moldova (Kluwer, 2018). His current research focuses on the treatment of state-owned enterprises under antitrust, merger control, and FDI screening. Prof. Svetlicinii currently serves as co-director of South East Europe chapter of the Academic Society for Competition Law (ASCOLA).
Emiliano Marchisio, Ph.D.Giustino Fortunato University, Faculty of Law, Benevento, Italy
Full Professor of Commercial Law (qualified under Italian law at Giustino Fortunato University, Faculty of Law, and Benevento, Italy. He is also a practicing lawyer specialized in Competition law litigations. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of the European Competition Law Review and ECJ News Correspondent for the European Competition Law Review. He is an author of numerous academic article and book chapters covering different Competition law topics.
Tatjana Jovanić, Ph.D.Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia
Full professor of Public Economic Law and Market Regulation at the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law and Visiting Professor of Market Regulation Policy at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade. In the field of Competition Law, her research and teaching activity mostly relates to uncompetitive conduct of the State, State aid and Services of General Economic Interest. She also interested in the interplay between competition and regulation in the network industries and pro-competitive regulation of regulated markets. As a Senior Legal Expert engaged by the EU Funded project Policy and Legal Advice Centre, she was involved in the institutional set-up and internal acts of Serbian Commission for State Aid Control and former Department for State Aid Control within the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Serbia, and was consulted in the process of drafting of several by-laws.
Kanita Imamović-Čizmić, Ph.D.Faculty of Law, University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Associate professor Faculty of Law University of Sarajevo. She is one of few academics from Bosnia and Herzegovina who have been teaching, researching and writing on relevant Competition Law issues. She holds PhD from the Faculty of Law in Sarajevo in Competition law (The modalities of legal regulation of market competition and their use in Bosnia and Herzegovina). She is familiar with the Competition law enforcement in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She has published two books dedicated to Competition law in Bosnia (Market competition protection mechanism in Bosnia and Herzegovina; Lambert Academic Publishing, 2014, and Competition Law in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Wolters Kluwer, 2018).
Borka Tushevska Gavrilovikj, Ph.D.Faculty of Law, University Goce Delcev, Stip, North Macedonia
Assistant Professor of Faculty of Law, University Goce Delcev. She is a junior researcher and one of few academics in North Macedonia who teach Competition law. She organized two webinars for Macedonian beneficiaries on EU Competition law and published two articles researching Competition law issues relevant from the perspective of North Macedonia as EU candidate country.
Petrina Broka, Ph.DFaculty of Law, University of Tirana, Tirana, Albania
Lecturer at the Faculty law in Tirana. She holds PhD and Master in Competition law. Albania was one of the last countries in Europe to adopt a free-market economy and competition law regulation. Competition law and policy is still rather new legal discipline in Albania. Thus, she is one of few Albanian Competition law experts. She has published several papers on Competition law in Albania and is closely cooperating with the Albanian Competition Agency.
Plotnic Olesia, Ph.D
Plotnic Olesia, Ph.DMoldova State University and Academy of Economics Studies of Moldova
PhabD Olesea Plotnic is university professor at the “Private Law” Department of the Law Faculty, Moldova State University and Academy of Economics Studies of Moldova, specializing in Consumer Law, European Business Law and International Law. She graduated with a Master’s degree from the University of Paris 1 Sorbonne and a doctorate from the University of Grenoble. Mrs. Plotnic has a lawyer’s license and she is a CEDR mediator and arbitrator. She has more than 18 years of experience in the field of law and she teaches law in Russian, English and French. She is trainer since 2012 at the National Institute of Justice (initial and ongoing training of judges and prosecutors).
Saidqosim Mukhtorov, Ph.DInstitute of Economy and Trade Khujand, Tajikistan
Head of International Office Institute of Economy and Trade in Khujand, Tajikistan. His academic career is not in area of Competition law because Tajikistan has enacted Competition act few years ago, however he is involved in researching and writing in Economics, Business Economics and Business Administration. As a young academic with international teaching and educational experience he is a representative of new generation of Tajikistan academics. He is fluent in English and Russian language. He is open to innovations in education.
Aleksandar Erceg, Ph.D
Aleksandar Erceg, Ph.DFaculty of Economics, University J. J. Strossmayer, Osijek, Croatia
Associate professor at the Faculty of Economics in Osijek, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek. He worked previously as a deputy purchasing manager at two local production companies in Osijek. He holds Ph.D. in Management from the Faculty of Economics in Osijek. He has published more than 30 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals. His research focuses on entrepreneurship, franchising, operations management, and lean thinking. His connection to Competition law is seen through his research on franchising from both economic and legal perspective.
Lidija Šimunović, Ph.DFaculty of Law Osijek, University J. J. Strossmayer, Osijek, Croatia
Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law in Osijek, Croatia where she teaches Contract law and Company law. She also teaches Business law and Competition law in the form of seminars at the Faculty of Economics in Osijek. Her professional orientation towards EU Competition Law started in 2014, when she got a researching scholarship from the University of Vienna on the Competition Law issue.
Iva KunaMinistry of Justice and Public Administration, Zagreb, Croatia
Employee at Ministry of Justice and Public Administration. She is currently working as an Advisor to the Minister, as a part of the Minister’s Cabinet where she is responsible for: supervising activities of the Directorate for Civil, Commercial and Administrative Law, coordinating legislative procedure within the competences of the Ministry, participating at the various working groups and meetings, conducting complex researches and preparing analysis for the Minister. She is also a PhD candidate at Faculty of Law Osijek and perspective young researcher who published several articles relating to different Competition Law issues.

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