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The Criminal Law Reform Project (CLRP)

The Criminal Law Reform Project (CLRP) implemented by the Bar Association of Serbia in partnership with regional Bar Associations, as well as the civil society organization Partners for Democratic Change Serbia and  supported over the last three years by the Balkans Regional Rule of Law Network (BRRLN)and USAID reached its completion in September last year in response to research undertaken by the regional rule of law network. The network conducted a comprehensive analysis of the strengths, independence and effectiveness of the defence bars in the Western Balkans. The results of the analysis highlighted five areas of high priority for strengthening defence advocacy in the region, which should further support rule of law in the area. The five defined areas for focus were Criminal Law Reform, Legal Aid and Ex Officio Appointment Systems, Training and Education within the profession, Bar Chamber Capacity and Media Relations and Public Awareness regarding role of...
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The Law on the Amendments of the Law on Agricultural Land adopted

The  Law on the Amendments of the Law on Agricultural Land preventing foreign citizens from becoming owners of agricultural land of private ownership has been adopted as of this week. This was previously suggested in the text on the Stabilization and Association Agreement between the member states of the European Commission and the Republic of Serbia and includes the four-clause description of the factors leading to potential land ownership on Serbian territory, for EU persons. In the four years from the inception of this agreement, Serbia will gradually harmonize its legislation concerning the acquisition of ownership of immovable property in Serbia in order to provide citizens of EU member states with the same treatment as their citizens. The conditions for acquiring ownership of agricultural land for citizens of the European Union is now in accordance with the mentioned agreement and represents a matter that can only be regulated by law....
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FIDIC – DAB (Dispute Adjudication Boards) National ACES PRO LIST

ACES (Association of consulting engineers of Serbia), as a permanent member of the International FIDIC, its main goal is to represent the interests of FIDIC in the Republic of Serbia. ACES recognized a problem in the proper use of recommendations and principles stipulated releases FIDIC 1999 contract models, especially in Clause 20, which refers claims, disputes and arbitration. Although the large number of contracts based on FIDIC 1999 contract models are implemented, DAB (Dispute Adjudication Boards) were not appointed, although FIDIC 1999 edition of contracts stipulate appointment of both permanent and ad hoc DAB boards. By establishing national PRO list of ACES, based on model of “President’s list” of FIDIC and know-how and practical experiences of other countries, FIDIC members, to contracting parties will be given the opportunity to choose DAB members from PRO list of recommended professionals, as recommended by General Conditions of FIDIC 1999 edition. National PRO List...
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Arbitration – more efficient way for resolving disputes

Arbitration represents an alternative dispute settlement mechanism, to resolving disputes before a court. The arbitration can be agreed between the parties in order to arbitrate a dispute arising out of a domestic and international commercial relations or any legal matter regarding the field of contractual relations, sport, employment or foreign investments. The arbitration agreement between the parties stands as a foundation of the arbitral tribunal’s jurisdiction to settle the dispute in accordance with the applicable law. The tribunal consists of arbitrators chosen by the parties or appointed by the institution that administers the proceedings. The corner stone of a successful arbitration lays in the independence and impartiality of arbitrators appointed to settle a dispute, providing a guarantees that the arbitral award would be an unbiased one. In Serbia there are two arbitration institutions. The Belgrade Arbitration Center (BAC) was established in 2013 as a permanent arbitral institution that administers domestic...
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DRAFT LAW ON ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING AND TERRORIST FINANCING

Foreign Investors Council in Serbia (FIC), the organization which brings together the largest foreign companies that have invested in Serbia, sent to relevant authorities a proposal on changes and amendments of the Draft Law on anti-money laundering and combating financing of terrorism which shall be adopted in 2017. The Legal Committee is one of the most important committees within FIC which actively participates in the process of further development of the legal system in Serbia.Law office Baklaja Igric Tintor, as a founding member of FIC, participated in work of the Legal Committee and proposed Amendment 4 and Amendment 10 to the the Draft Law, which has been accepted by the 14 members of the Legal Committee and the Committee for Leasing and Insurance. Amendments 4 and 10 relate to the proposed provisions of the Draft Law which directly affect the position of attorney’s at-law and law offices and therefore have...
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LEGAL CHALLENGES AT THE FIDIC PRE-CONFERENCE MODULE 3: UNDERSTANDING DISPUTE ADJUDICATION BOARDS MARCH 07-08, 2017

Prior to FIDIC regional infrastructure conference ’’THE ROAD TO SMART INFRASTRUCTURE’’, pre-conference International FIDIC Training “Understanding DABs: Enabling Parties, their Representatives, Engineers and Dispute Board Members to understand and Manage the DAB Process – Module 3” was held on March -7-8, 2017. Moderators/trainers were Mr. Edward Corbett, (Principal of Corbett & Co International Construction Lawyers Ltdand and a member of the Working Group of FIDIC which drafted the Short Form of Contract and the Dredging Contract) Mr. Leo Grutter, (Civil Engineer and a Dispute Resolution Expert, Member of FIDIC’s President’s List of Approved Dispute Adjudicators) and . Mr. Dedezade Taner (an acknowledged expert in FIDIC contracts). With their great experience, various case studies were provided to participants, as well as an extensive interaction with the trainers and the other participants. It was designed for all who are actively involved in international projects and to provide practical guidance to those who...
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