Law Institute was founded in 2010. The goal of the Institute is to develop an interdisciplinary approach to the phenomenon of law, which is enabled by the cooperation with other institutes within the framework of Science and Research Centre, especially with the Institute for Philosophical Studies, Institute for Social Studies, Institute of Historical Studies, Institute for Linguistic Studies and others.

Who we are

The Institute researches various fields of law, especially trough the perspective of humanist sciences. We would like to highlight the following topics:

  • Philosophy of law
  • Human rights
  • Interpretation of rights
  • Legal history
  • Legal documents created on the territory of Slovenia
  • Sociology of law
  • Legal regulation of the status of autochtonous minorities
  • Law in an intercultural environment
  • Law and language.

Competences and achievements

Within the basic research project funded by the Slovenian Research Agency: »Corporate Governance as a Tool for Overcoming the World Economic and Financial Crisis« the researchers have prepared numerous proposals for system changes in the field of corporate governance of public and private companies, banking and public sectors, as well as in the field of human rights and minorities. A publication with the content related to the fundamental research project was issued.


Head: Rok Svetlič, PhD, Principal Research Associate

Phone: +386 5 663 77 00


Law institute

Rok Svetlič, PhD

Principal Research Associate
Head of Institute
Phone: +386 5 663 77 00
Law institute

Rado Bohinc, PhD

Principal Research Associate
Phone: +386 5 663 77 00
Law institute

Vid Jakulin, PhD

Principal Research Associate
Phone: +386 5 663 77 00
Law institute

Jože Ruparčič, PhD

Research Assistant
Phone: +386 5 663 77 00
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Rade Trivunčević, MSc

Young Researcher
Phone: +386 5 663 77 00


Theory of Punishment and Democratic Culture in Slovenia (J5-9342)

The project is dedicated to the analysis, understanding and confronting with the defects in the Slovenian democratic culture, which are manifested on the field of criminal policy. In the first place, the project approaches the genealogy of disorientation on this horizon. It finds it in the spiritual dynamics of the entire post-war Europe, marked by the competition between two pretenders for the superior social order, and in the geographical position of Slovenia, resulting in its exceptional competitiveness in relation to the West. And precisely in the case of criminal policy, the opportunity offered to Slovenia to create a system that would appear superior not only by the socialist criteria, but also by the advanced standards that were developed in the West. The aim of the project is to affirm a democratic culture through the legitimation of penalty. The punishment is a phenomenon that at first glance represents a counterpoint to a modern state, whose outmost concerns are the welfare, security and affirmation of the individuals. If we prove the legitimacy of democratic culture on the level of penalty, it is consequently proved through its entire organism.


ARRS Code: J5-9342

Period: 1. 7. 2018 – 30. 6. 2021

Head: Rok Svetlič, PhD

Lead Organisation: ZRS Koper, Law institute

Corporate Governance of Public Services – between Efficiency and Social Responsibility (J5-2561)

ARRS CodeJ5-2561

Project duration: 01. 09. 2020 – 31. 08. 2023

Project leader: Rado Bohinc, PhD

Project holder: Univerza v Ljubljani, Fakulteta za družbene vede

Perticipating institute at SRC Koper: Law institute

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Holistic approach to business and human rights: a normative reform of Slovenian and international legal order (J5-1790)

ARRS Code: J5-1790

Project duration: 01. 01. 2019 – 30. 06. 2022

Project leader: Jernej Letnar Černič, PhD

Project holder: New University, Faculty of Government and European Studies

Participating institute at SRC Koper: Law institute

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