Elizabeta Ivičević Karas graduated cum laude from the Faculty of Law in Zagreb in 2000 and then pursued with postgraduate European Studies at University Panthéon-Assas (Paris II) and University of Zagreb and obtained her postgraduate degree in the field of European Studies in 2001. In 2004, at the Postgraduate studies in criminal law at the Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, she defended her master of science thesis "Confiscation of pecuniary gain acquired through a criminal offence", for which she was awarded in 2005 with the Society of University Teachers and Other Scientists in Zagreb Annual Award to Young Scientists and Artists. In 2007, she defended her doctoral dissertation under the title “Le principe de l’égalité des armes en matière pénale dans la jurisprudence de la Cour européenne des droits de l’homme et en droit comparé (croate, français)” in the course of obtaining a dual doctorate at the Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II) and the University of Zagreb. She passed the bar exam. She speaks English, French, German and Italian language.
Since September 2001 she has been employed at the Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, and since October 2018 she has been a full professor at the Department of Criminal Procedural Law. She teaches Criminal Procedural Law, Penitentiary Law and Human Rights and Criminal Justice, at both graduate and postgraduate level. So far, she has been a head researcher of several scientific projects, including those of the Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Croatia, the University of Zagreb and the Croatian Science Foundation. In addition, she has participated, or is still participating as the key expert or a researcher in seven competitive European projects. She was a speaker at many home and international law conferences, and she repeatedly stayed as a guest researcher, over a period of one to three months, at the Max-Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg, Germany. She is the executive editor of the Croatian Annual of Criminal Sciences and Practice. Her publications include four books (one as co-author), two manuals (co-author) and numerous scientific papers, articles and reviews.
Since 2010, she has participated in the work of several expert working groups of the Ministry of Justice for drafting regulations in the field of criminal procedural law and penitentiary law. From 2015 to 2017, she was entrusted with the role of the head of two working groups on Draft Amendments to the Criminal Procedure Act.
Since February 2019, she has been a member and vice-president of the State Attorney's Council, elected from the ranks of university law professors.
Since July 2019, she has been on the list of ad hoc judges at the European Court of Human Rights, for the Republic of Croatia.
She is a member of Scientific Council for Government Administration, Judicature and the Rule of Law of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Art. She is also a member of the Fair Trials – Legal Experts Advisory Panel (LEAP), the Croatian Law Centre, the Croatian Association of Criminal Sciences and Practice and the Croatian Association of European Criminal Law.
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