BDK Advokati launches Human Rights Protection & Litigation practice

We are excited to announce the launch of Human Rights Protection & Litigation practice.

The respect for human rights remains a pressing issue in the Western Balkans. New challenges our societies face, such as the increasing executive powers and the COVID-19 pandemic, keep human rights to the forefront of the public concern. Legal profession bears a special responsibility in securing the protection of the individual, fighting systemic issues and injustices, and restoring the rule of law.

Within the human rights practice, BDK Advokati will work with individuals, groups, businesses, and the civil society on the protection of human rights at national and international levels and represent parties in judicial and non-judicial processes. We will also advise businesses and organizations on compliance with domestic and international human rights standards.

As a socially responsible firm, BDK Advokati will have pro bono activities focused on tackling systemic societal injustices.

The new practice will be led by Relja Radović, attorney-at-law qualified in Serbia. Relja has recently returned to BDK Advokati after five years during which he engaged in academic research in the field of international law and international dispute settlement, and earned his doctorate from the University of Luxembourg. Relja has worked on cases before various domestic and international courts and tribunals, including the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. He has written on the topics related to international dispute settlement. The list of his publications is available here.

Commenting on the newest extension of the firm’s practice, managing partner Tijana Kojović has said: “This is an important new chapter in the development of our firm. We are glad to be in a position to devote our legal skill, expertise and organizational capacities to assist vulnerable clients and help improve respect for human rights in our societies. Protection of human rights is primarily the responsibility of the state but businesses have an increasing role as well. We see new Human Rights Protection & Litigation practice as perfectly compatible with our profile of a corporate and commercial law firm.”