I am a Judge at the General Court of the European Union and endowed professor of Digitalisation and EU Law at Maastricht University, where I occasionally give lectures and supervise Master theses, providing a practical standpoint into teaching and research. Prior to my appointment as a juge in 2021, I had been an Associate Professor of European Union Law at the Faculty of Law of Maastricht University (The Netherlands), where I taught various courses on EU law and conducted research in the field of EU law. Between 2007-2013 I was a legal advisor (référendaire) at the Court of Justice of the EU in cabinets of two Slovenian members of that court, initially in the cabinet of the Advocate General Prof Dr Verica Trstenjak and afterwards in the cabinet of the Judge Dr Marko Ilešič.
EU law has been at the centre of my academic interests already since my student years at the Faculty of Law of University of Ljubljana (Slovenia), where I graduated with distinction and later obtained my doctoral degree in European law. After completing the LL.M. at New York University, I expended my knowledge of EU law at the European University Institute in Florence, where I was awarded – based on a successfully passed exam – a prestigious Diploma of the Academy of European Law. For a limited period of time, I also worked as a lawyer linguist and as a trainee at the Court of Justice of the EU. In 2007, the Slovenian Union of Lawyers’ Associations awarded me the prize ‘Young lawyer of the year’.
My current research largely focuses on the interplay between EU fundamental rights and technology. In addition, I am a co-author of the monograph Pravo EU: Ustavno, procesno in gospodarsko pravo EU (EU Law: Constitutional, Procedural and Commercial EU Law), which is one of the core textbooks on EU law in Slovenian language. I am also an editor of two edited volumes in the field of EU law and an author of a monograph on EU external relations. As a visiting lecturer and visiting researcher, I visited numerous renowned universities in Europe, USA and China, such as University of Ljubljana, University of California – Berkeley, Yale University, Autonomous University of Barcelona and Beijing Normal University. My research has been published in leading international and Slovenian journals, such as European Constitutional Law Review, German Law Journal, International Journal of Law and Information Technology, as well as Podjetje in delo.
In addition to Slovenian – my mother tongue – I speak English, French, German, Dutch and Croatian In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, visit the opera and ski.