A New Model of Civil Litigation in Slovenia: Is the Slovenian Judiciary Prepared for the Challenges Presented by the New Law on Collective Actions?

  • Jorg SladičEmail author
Part of the Ius Gentium: Comparative Perspectives on Law and Justice book series (IUSGENT, volume 70)


Slovenia has adopted a new law on collective redress under EU, US, Dutch and Belgian influence. This contribution gives an overview of the new law. However, a static presentation of the law would not give a sufficient overview of the challenges faced by collective redress vehicles in Slovenia. Slovenian law is a mixture of a civil law system with a socialist heritage, which can be seen in the extreme formalism in the judiciary. Collective redress is a vehicle for the regulatory function in civil litigation. Yet, such a regulatory function is very much disliked in civil law jurisdictions. The main ingredient from the socialist tradition is a fear of collective redress, for collective redress is seen as regulation through litigation. Claimants and other litigants autonomously determine their future behaviour. Under the socialist heritage, higher court judges consider law as an instrument of class rule, perhaps even exploitation and alienation. Collective redress as defined by the regulation through litigation doctrine is indeed the very opposite of the socialist conception of law. Small individuals go against corporate Leviathans and force them by virtue of law to change their behaviour. In this contribution the author argues that collective redress will be perceived by the judiciary as a legal irritant, and it will not have a bright future.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of LawUniversity of MariborMariborSlovenia

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