Prof. Dr. Rajko Knez, a member of the Law Faculty of the University of Maribor, was elected the Head of the country’s Constitutional Court. The official inauguration will take place on 19 December 2018.
Rajko Knez graduated from the Law Faculty of the University of Maribor with a degree in Contractual Relations in Private International Law. In 1996, he defended his Master’s thesis in Commercial Law. In 2000, Rajko Knez defended his PhD thesis at the Law Faculty of the University of Maribor. This event was preceded by the preparation of PhD thesis in Environmental Protection in the United States, where Rajko Knez also practiced law for some time.
Rajko Knez works as a part-time teacher at the University of Maribor. He is a professor in EU Law. He began his pedagogical work at the Faculty of Law of the University of Maribor in 1993.
Knez is the author of numerous scientific articles, monographs and commentaries on laws. Besides, he is a member of the Interstate Court in The Hague; a Judge at the Permanent Court of Arbitration of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia (CCIS) and the Vienna International Arbitral Centre. In 2007–2011, he worked as the Dean of the Faculty of Law of the University of Maribor. From 2011 to 2015 he was the acting Deputy Dean for the Administrative Affairs.
On 25 April 2017, Rajko Knez received a 9-year mandate as a judge of the Constitutional Court. At the same time, he partially conducts pedagogical work at the Faculty of Law.