College of Law Hosts Delegation of Serbian Judges to Learn U.S. Domestic Violence Laws and Policies

Posted on Thursday 10/20/2016

The College of Law is hosting five judges from Serbia who are participating in a week-long program, “Rule of Law – Proceedings in Domestic Violence.” The judges will be hearing from College of Law professors, local agencies and legal practitioners on legal issues surrounding domestic violence cases in the United States judicial system.

The group will visit a number of College of Law classes and participate in focused discussions with faculty members. Representatives from the United States District Court, Northern District of New York, Onondaga County District Attorney’s office and Syracuse Police Department will also be meeting with the delegation. The judges will also tour federal, state and local courthouses and other local organizations active in domestic violence legal aid.

“The College of Law is drawing upon its strong scholarly reputation in international law, family law and disability law to provide this distinguished group with programming that they can benefit from when they return to Serbia,” said Aviva Abramovsky, College of Law Associate Dean for International Initiatives. “We also thank the many courts and local organizations who have generously given their time and expertise to further round out this program.”

The Judges are:

Biljana Lepotić, Judge, Basic Court, Novi Sad

Marija Marković, Judge, Kragujevac Basic Court

Mirjana Martić, Judge, Magistrates Court, Belgrade

Olga Tesovic, Judge, Criminal Department, Basic Court, Pozega

Ana Lukić Vidojković, Judge, Nis Basic Court, Civil Department

“I am very glad to have the opportunity to come here and be part of this Open World program that was established by the Congress of the United States. It is particularly interesting and valuable to meet and talk with professors and practitioners, with whom we are able to exchance experiences and ideas,” said Mirjana Martić, Judge, Magistrates Court, Belgrade. “I think it was the right moment to come here and be part of this program because Serbia is undergoing some reforms especially in the domestic violence field. New rules are being prepared so I think this experience will help us improve our practice.”

The visit is sponsored by the Unites States Department of Justice and is being facilitated locally by the International Center of Syracuse.