Mitja Kovač, PhD

Full Professor 

  • Academic Unit for Management and Organisation (Regular Member)
  • Office Hours
  • Wednesday at 11:00 in RZ-202
  • opis (angleški)
  • From the 10th of June until the 10th of September 2024 the official hours will be held merely upon previous appointments.
Curriculum Vitae
Mitja Kovac was born in 1976, graduated law with “cum laude” at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Law (Slovenia). He gained his LL.M. and PhD in the field of comparative contract law and economics at Utrecht University, Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance (The Netherlands). In 2006 he became also a member of the Economic Impact Group within the CoPECL Network of Excellence (European DCFR project). He was a visiting professor at the ISM University of Management and Economics in Vilnius (Lithuania) and a research fellow at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law in London (UK) and at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis (USA). Currently he is full-time professor of civil and commercial law at the University of Ljubljana, School of Economics and Business (Slovenia), a visiting lecturer at the Erasmus University Rotterdam (The Netherlands), at University of Ghent (Belgium), at the University of Turin (Italy)and at University of Vienna (Austria). Besides, he is also a visiting researcher at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, Faculty of Law (The Netherlands) and at the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis (USA). He publishes in the fields of comparative contract law and economics, new institutional economics, consumer protection, contract theory and competition law and economics.
Selected Research and Consulting Activities
  • Mitja Kovac
    Generative Artificial Intelligence - A Law and Economics Approach to Optimal Regulation and Governance
  • Palgrave MacMillan (forthcoming 2024) (law and economics)
  • Mitja Kovac
    Rule by Law, Excessive Length of Proceedings, and Property Rights in Slovenia
  • In Mateja Durovic and Cristina Poncibo (eds.), Private Law, Rule of Law and the European Court of Human Rights: Comparative Perspectives from South-Eastern Europe (Hart Publishing, forthcoming 2024) (comparative law)
  • Mitja Kovac
    Research methods and techniques in contract law and economics
  • in Yuliya Chernykh and Joshua Karton (eds.), Research Methods Handbook for Contract Law and Scholarship (Edward Elgar, forthcoming 2024) (contract law)
  • Emery J. Thomas, Kovač Mitja and Rok Spruk
    Estimating the Effects of Political Instability in Nascent Democracies
  • 243 Journal of Economics and Statistics 5-6, 2023 (Jahrbucher fur National Ekonomie und Statistik) (law and economics)
  • Chiara Focacci, Mitja Kovac and Rok Spruk
    Ethnolinguistic Diversity, Quality of Local Public Institutions, and Firm-Level Innovation
  • International Review of Law and Economics, Vol. 75, 2023 (law and economics)
  • Kostka Katarzyna and Mitja Kovač
    A double-edged-sword approach to fighting pandemics: patent waivers and incentives to innovate
  • Review of European and Comparative Law (forthcoming, 2023) (law and economics)
  • Mitja Kovac
    Autonomous AI torts: A Comparative Law and Economics Approach
  • in Phillip Morgan (ed.), Tort Liability and Autonomous Systems Accidents Common and Civil Law Perspectives, Edward Elgar, 2023 (law and economics)
  • Mitja Kovac, Amira Elkanawati, Vita Gjikolli and Jessica Woitalla
    European vaccine-rollout policy, unraveled markets, and moral externalities
  • European Integration Studies 17/2023 (law and economics)
  • Kovac Mitja
    The rise of the mailbox rule and formation of contracts in English, US and Canadian law
  • Liverpool Law Review (2022) (comparative law)
  • Callewaert Margot, Kovac Mitja
    Does Cicero's Decision Stand the Test of Time? Famine at Rhodes and Comparative Law and Economics Approach
  • 12 Comparative Law Review 1 (2023, published by University of Perugia) (law and economics)
  • Domesi Ana Paula and Mitja Kovac
    Best-efforts clauses and the advance vaccine purchase agreements
  • Comparative Law Yearbook of International Business, Volume 44 (Wolters Kluwer, 2023) (contract law)
  • Aubrecht Paul, Essink Jan, Kovac Mitja and Ann-Sophie Vandenberghe
    Centralised and Decentralised Responses to COVID-19: The EU and the USA compared
  • 18 Utrecht Law Review 1 (2022) (comparative law)
  • Kovac Mitja, Wielinger Elisabeth
    Network Externalities, Income Inequality and the Role of Competition Law
  • Kati Cseres and Jan Broulik (eds.), “Competition Law and Economic Inequality" (Hart Studies in Competition Law, Hart, forthcoming 2022). (law and economics)
  • Kovac Mitja, Rakovec Lana
    The Covid-19 pandemic and long-term incentives for developing vaccines: patent law under stress
  • The Journal of World Intellectual Property (2022) (law and economics)
  • Kovac Mitja, Aubrecht Paul
    Frustration of Purpose, Brexit, COVID-19 Pandemic and Commercial Contracts
  • Nordic Journal of Commercial Law, 19(1), 2022 (contract law)
  • Kovac Mitja
    Autonomous AI and uncontemplated hazards: towards an optimal regulatory framework
  • European Journal of Risk Regulation (2021) (law and economics)
  • Kovac Mitja
    Judgement Proof Robots and Artificial Intelligence: A Comparative Law and Economics Approach
  • Palgrave Macmillan (book, 2020) (law and economics)
  • Kovac Mitja
    Autonomous AI, Smart Seaports and Supply Chain Management: Challenges and Risks
  • in Bielicki D. M. (ed.), "Regulating Artificial Intelligence in Industry," Routledge Press 2021 (law and economics)
  • Kovac Mitja, Salvini Datta & Rok Spruk
    Pharmaceutical Product Liability, Litigation Regimes and the Propensity to Patent: An Empirical Firm-level Investigation
  • SAGE Open (11(2), 2021) (law and economics)
  • Kovac Mitja, Spruk Rok
    Diversification of Procedural and Administrative Costs and Innovation: Some Firm-Level Evidence
  • International Journal of Innovation Studies (5(2), 2021) (law and economics)
  • Kovac Mitja
    Day Fines in Slovenia
  • Day Fines in Europe, Cambridge University Press, 2021 (comparative law)
  • Ann-Sophie Vandenberghe and Mitja Kovac
    Illuminating the Development of Precontractual Liability: A Comparative Law and Economics Analysis
  • 20 European Journal of Comparative Law and Governance 1, 2021 (comparative law)
  • Kovac Mitja, Elkanawati Amira, Gjikolli Vita and Ann-Sophie Vandenberghe
    The COVID-19 pandemic: collective action and European public policy under stress
  • 14 Central European Journal of Public Policy 2 (2020) (law and economics)
  • Spruk Rok, Kovac Mitja
    Persistent Effects of Colonial Institutions on Long-Run Development: Local Evidence from Regression Discontinuity Design in Argentina
  • 17 Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 4, 2020. (law and economics)
  • Kovac Mitja
    Duty to re-negotiate in international commercial law and uncontemplated behavioural effects
  • 27 Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law 4, 2020. (law and economics)
  • Kovac Mitja, Ann-Sophie Vandenberghe
    Culpa in contrahendo and pre-contractual liability: towards an optimal classification
  • 15 The Journal of Comparative Law 1 (2020) (comparative law)
  • Spruk Rok & Mitja Kovac
    Does a ban on trans fats improve public health: synthetic control evidence from Denmark
  • 156 Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 4, 2020 (law and economics)
  • Kovac Mitja
    Brexit fiasco and the failure of Article 50 of TFEU
  • 12 Baltic Journal of Law and Politics 2 (2019) (law and economics)
  • Paul Aubrecht, Mitja Kovac
    “Brexit” and the boilerplate clauses in commercial contracts
  • 40 Business Law Review 6 (2019) (contract law)
  • Spruk Rok, Kovac Mitja
    Replicating and Extending Martin-Quinn Scores
  • 60 International Review of Law and Economics 3, 2019 (law and economics)
  • Mitja Kovač, Rok Spruk
    Does the Ban on Trans-Fats Improve Public Health? In Search of the Optimal Policy Response.
  • 55 Journal of Regulatory Economics 3 (2019) (law and economics)
  • Kovac Mitja, Spruk Rok
    Transaction Costs and Economic Growth under Common Legal System: State-Level Evidence from Mexico
  • 31 Economics & Politics 2 (2019, Wiley) (law and economics)
  • Kovac Mitja, Christina Poncibo
    Towards a theory of imprevision in the EU?
  • 14 European Review of Contract Law 4 (2018) (comparative law)
  • Mitja Kovač, Rok Spruk
    Inefficient growth?
  • Review of economics and institutions (2018) (law and economics)
  • Kovac Mitja
    Culpa in contrahendo, promissory estoppel and irredeemable acts
  • Asian Journal of Law and Economics (2018, forthcoming) (law and economics)
  • Kovac Mitja, Ann-Sophie Vandenberghe
    Cooling-off periods, still hot twenty years later
  • Don't take it seriously : essays in law and economics in honour of Roger Van den Bergh. Cambridge: Intersentia. 2018 (EU law)
  • Kovac Mitja
    Frustration of purpose and the French Contract Law reform: the challenge to international commercial attractiveness of English law?
  • 26 Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law 3, 2018 (comparative law)
  • Kovač Mitja
    Transport Law - Slovenia
  • Kluwer Law International, 2017 (transport law)
  • Kovac Mitja
    Administrative Procedure
  • in Alain Marciano and Giovanni Battista Ramello (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Law and Economics, Springer New York, 2017. (law and economics)
  • Kovac Mitja
    Norms and Standards
  • in Alain Marciano and Giovanni Battista Ramello (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Law and Economics, Springer New York, 2017. (law and economics)
  • Mitja Kovac, Ann-Sophie Vandenberghe
    Economic Evidence in EU Competition Law
  • Intersentia, 2016 (law and economics)
  • Mitja Kovac, Rok Spruk
    Institutional development, non-market transaction costs and economic growth: evidence from a cross-country investigation
  • Journal of Institutional Economics, Cambridge University Press, 2016 (law and economics)
  • Full Bibliography of Published Articles (COBISS)
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