Prof. Sima Avramovic. Prof. Sima Avramovic


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Sima Avramovic, S.J.D., Professor of Law at the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law is regarded as one of the foremost Serbian authorities on comparative law, legal history, Roman law, state-church law and rhetoric. From 2012 to 2018 he served as the Dean of the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law. From January 2021 he is apointed as the Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to Holy See.


Prof. Avramovic in his office at Faculty of Law, 2004.

Prof. Avramovic speaks English and has a command of German, Greek, French and Italian. He also knows two classical languages – ancient Greek and Latin. In 1984, he was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Maryland. There are over one hundred and fifty books and articles to his credit. Selected scholarship includes the pioneering books Rhetorike Techne (2008, 2018), State-Church Law in Serbia (2007), Comparative Legal Traditions (2006), Аrs Rhetorica (2002), General Legal History (2001), Iseo e il diritto attico (Napoli 1997), The Court Speeches of Isaeus and the Law of Athens (1988), Early Greek Law and the Code of Gortyn (1977), Evolution of Testamentary Freedom in Ancient Greek Law (1981), Foundations of Modern Democracy, Selected Declarations and Charters on Human Rights (1989), “Simulation of Athenian Court – A New Teaching Method” in the Balkans Law Review (2006), “The Rhetra of Epithadeus and Testament in Spartan Law” (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna 2005). Recent articles include ”The Shaping of Law on Religion in Serbia, Gerhard Robbers, and Legal Transplants” (Baden-Baden 2020), ”Legal Transplants and the Power of Customary Law – An Example of the Serbian Civil Code (1844) and the Turkish Civil Code (1926)” (Wien 2020), ”Religious Education in Public Schools and Religious Identity in Post-communist Serbia” (Belgrade 2016), Serbia, Religion and the Secular State: National Reports” (Madrid 2015), “Searching for the New Law on Religious Freedom in Serbia” (European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Weimar 2006). His book Ars Rhetorica was proclaimed as Book of the Year 2002 (FRY Official Gazette Award) and he received the prestigious Italian award Premio romanistico internationale “Gérard Boulvert” for the Italian translation of the book Court Speeches of Isaeus and the Law of Athens.

Avramovic extensively serves as an eminent lecturer at leading universities in Greece, Austria, Italy, Japan, Croatia, Macedonia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, United States, Germany, England and Scotland. His past academic assignments include the following: Dean of Law School, President of the Board of the National Accreditation Agency in HE, President of University of Belgrade’s Senate, President of the Commission for the University of Belgrade Bologna Follow Up, President of the Statutory Commission of the University of Belgrade, Member of the OSCE/ODIHR Panel of Experts, Editor-in-Chief of the law journal Annals of the Faculty of Law in Belgrade, Member of the Universities’ of Serbia Conference, Member of the Section for Sources of Serbian Law at the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, President of the Center for Cooperation among Religious Communities, President of the Society for Roman Law and Classics Forum Romanum, President of the Alan Watson Foundation and the president of the Center for Oratory Institutio Oratoria. In addition, Avramovic is the founder of the monthly bulletin of the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law (Acta Diurna). He is also an editorial board member for the General Encyclopedia of Law, the Journal of Matica Srpska for Classical Studies, Akropolis – Journal of Hellenic Studies and Comparative Legal History. Avramovic holds the Juris Doctor, Master of Laws and Doctor of Juridical Science degree from the University of Belgrade.

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Faculty of Law

University of Belgrade

Bulevar Kralja Aleksandra 67

11 000 Belgrade, Serbia

Phone: (381) 11-3027-600

Fax: (381) 11-322-1299



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