Jurij Toplak


Jurij Toplak is a Professor of Law and Head of the Public Law Department at the University of Maribor, a Visiting Professor at Fordham Law School in New York, and the Head of the Human Rights Center at the Alma Mater Europaea of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. He was a member of the National Election Commission of Slovenia for 12 years. He co-edited Political Finance and Political Corruption in Eastern Europe (with Daniel Smilov, Ashgate, 2007). As a consultant to governments or international organisations OSCE, European Union, Council of Europe, Greco, and UNDP he worked in 15 countries. Jurij led numerous successful impact litigation projects, which improved the transparency of the government, freedom of expression, and human rights protection of disabled persons, convicts, candidates, and voters.

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The ECHR and Gender Quotas in Elections

  The ECtHR recently decided its first gender quota case, and another one is pending. The former dealt with a gender imbalance favoring male candidates, while the latter concerns a gender imbalance favoring female candidates. There is no Europe-wide right to remedy the deficiencies in submitted candidatures. In most European democracies, electoral authorities do…

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