Bojan Bugaric

Bojan Bugaric is Professor of Law at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Bugarič served as Deputy Minister at the Ministry of the Interior in the Slovenian government from 2000-2004. He was a Fulbright Visiting Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), in 1998 to 2000, and a Visiting Researcher at the Center for European Studies, Harvard University (2015). He holds a Doctor of Juridical Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Masters of Law from UCLA.

Recent Articles

Populist Anger Hits Austria

Rural, working-class voters are whipped up by an anti-immigrant firebrand who rails against corrupt elites. Sound familiar? Welcome to Austria’s presidential contest.

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AP Photo/Ronald Zak Norbert Hofer of Austria's Freedom Party, FPOE, arrives for the final election campaign event in Vienna, Austria, Friday, December 2, 2016. Austria holds presidential elections on Sunday. T his Sunday, 6.4 million Austrian voters will cast their votes for a new president in an election that carries chilling echoes of the Nazi era, and that could have far reaching implications for European politics. If parliamentary elections were held today, victory would go to the Freedom Party (FPÖ), a descendant of the old Austrian Nazi party and now the nation’s most popular party. This Sunday’s presidential election could deliver the region its first far-right head of state since World War II. The Austrian contest will also shed light on whether Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S. and the triumph of Euroskeptics in Britain are adding momentum to the populist surge in the West. For the politically weakened Austrian (and European) left, the rise of the Freedom Party amid working-...

Europe's Nationalist Threat

Rising nationalism in Europe demands that leaders on the left look beyond austerity to a more robust economic policy built on investments in infrastructure, jobs, and education.

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Balazs Mohai/MTI via AP Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, left, and Chief of Staff of the Hungarian Defence Forces Colonel-general Tibor Benko look on as soldiers prepare to hoist the national flag and then lower it to half-staff on the occasion of the national day of mourning for the victims of the Paris attacks in front of the parliament building in Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, November 15, 2015. T he European Union is facing a political crisis unprecedented in its 59-year history. This club of democratic countries established primarily to promote peace and prosperity in postwar Europe is facing a nationalist and populist surge that threatens the democratic principles at the very heart of the EU. Capitalizing on the European sovereign debt crisis, the backlash against refugees streaming in from the Middle East, and public angst over the growing terror threat, previously fringe political parties are growing with alarming speed. The blame falls in part on both center-right and...