The 29th NISPAcee Annual Conference

The 29th NISPAcee Annual Conference, Ljubljana, Slovenia, October 21 - October 23, 2021

Excellent conference. I really enjoyed the papers, speakers, schedule and location and great staff!

D.B., United States, 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2019, Prague

...relating to public administration and policy. Good opportunities for networking.

N.D., Georgia, 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2019, Prague

Excellent participants, argument-driven discussions, impartial and supportive Chairs in the Working Group.

D.G., Republic of North Macedonia, 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2019, Prague detail and I really enjoyed the supportive and encouraging atmosphere there. Thank you!

R.B., Lithuania, 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2019, Prague

...both in terms of academic quality and logistics, and also social events. It was a true joy.

E.Z., Bulgaria, 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2019, Prague

...The special programmes were really excellent and we took home many varied experiences.

P.N., Hungary, 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2019, Prague

...Sessions were interesting, scholars were engaging and all the social events were amazing!

B.K., Kazakhstan, 26th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2018, Iasi

Excellent organization, excellent food. Compliments to the organizers, they did a wonderful job!

V.J., Netherlands, 26th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2018, Iasi

...I must say that the PhD pre-conference seminar was the most useful seminar of my life. Very well...

K.V., Czech Republic, 26th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2018, Iasi

... I would even argue that they are the very best - both in terms of scientific content and also entertainment…

P.W., Denmark, 26th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2018, Iasi

An opportunity to learn from other researchers and other countries' experiences on certain topics.

G.A.C., Hungary, 25th Conference 2017, Kazan

Very well organised, excellent programme and fruitful discussions.

M.M.S., Slovakia, 25th Conference 2017, Kazan

The NISPAcee conference remains a very interesting conference.

M.D.V., Netherlands, 25th Conference 2017, Kazan

Thank you for the opportunity to be there, and for the work of the organisers.

D.Z., Hungary, 24th Conference 2016, Zagreb

Well organized, as always. Excellent conference topic and paper selection.

M.S., Serbia, 23rd Conference 2015, Georgia

Perfect conference. Well organised. Very informative.

M.deV., Netherlands, 22nd Conference 2014, Hungary

Excellent conference. Congratulations!

S. C., United States, 20th Conference 2012, Republic of Macedonia

Thanks for organising the pre-conference activity. I benefited significantly!

R. U., Uzbekistan, 19th Conference, Varna 2011

Each information I got, was received perfectly in time!

L. S., Latvia, 21st Conference 2013, Serbia

The Conference was very academically fruitful!

M. K., Republic of Macedonia, 20th Conference 2012, Republic of Macedonia

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Report 2021

Meeting of the The Rule of Law & Public Administration 

WG Programme Coordinators:
Polonca Kovač, Faculty of Administration, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, 
Anamarija Musa, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Place: 29th NISPAcee Annual Conference, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Date: October 21-23, 2021
Main theme of the conference: "Citizens' Engagement and Empowerment - The Era of Collaborative Innovation in Governance"

16 papers were presented in the frame of 4 working group sessions:

The WG9 on the Rule of Law and Public Administration was carried out in 2021 in the Ljubljana conference as the newest working group approved by NISPAcee after the successful launch of the panel on the same subject in 2019. 
The WG was planned first of all for the Split conference in 2020, but since this conference was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, most of the applied and accepted papers were transferred to the Ljubljana conference based on the additional calls in November 2020 and July 2021. WG9 has received altogether over 25 applications, some later withdrawn; however, 18 were accepted in August 2021 taking into account their relevance on the topics and the level of quality to be prepared as the full papers and to be presented at the October conference.

Finally, 16 papers were presented according to the programme, i.e. with three physical and one online session. The papers tackled topics on better regulation, accountability and participation in public governance, public interest and the right to be heard in law-making, administrative and judicial procedures, autonomy of agencies and the relationship between the EU and national law as well as the role of judiciary versus the executive, and various mechanisms of enhancing legal certainty and effectiveness in taxation and public procurement. In sum, we discussed papers covering a broad range of themes, many dedicated to the Covid-19 crisis and its peculiarities regarding RoL. 
The methodological basis of the papers included mainly qualitative research methods. Regarding the authors’ affiliation, all presenters came from academia, some as PhD students, whilst acting as lawyers, political scientists and economists. 
Regarding the country of origin, papers were delivered by authors from Hungary (4), Slovenia and Croatia (3 per country, with an additional one from both countries), Poland (2), Czech Republic (1), Romania (1) and Slovakia (1). Such a variety is regarded as a most welcome result and a significant base to continue the work in the coming years.