Portrait of the Kopaonik School
of Natural Law
Kopaonik School of Natural Law has been established 32 years ago under the permanent general title Law and
Justice. Every year since that time, it has been the place of meeting of eminent jurists, legal scholars as well as practicing lawyers from all over the world.
Founder of the Kopaonik School of Natural Law is Academician Prof. Dr. Slobodan Perovic, professor at the University of Belgrade – Faculty of Law.
Kopaonik School is organised on the principle of the Hexagon of Natural Law, i.e. right to life, right to freedom, right to property, right to intellectual property, right to justice, and right to a state ruled by law. Expressed in the form of the six parts to the Hexagon, the debates on these fundamental elements are effected in numerous sections (life, health, environmental protection, criminal law, property, public administration, taxes, contract and torts, commercial companies, international commercial contracts, arbitration, intellectual property, labour relations, international relations and justice, rule of law, etc.).
An average of 2,000 jurists from all over the world attend the School annual sessions which traditionally take place from 13 to 17 December on the Serbian mountain and ski center Kopaonik. The conference reports and materials published by the School make a library of 130 volumes, while in recent years each volume has exceeded 500 pages
Kopaonik School is under the moral auspice of UNESCO established by Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General UNESCO on 2005. One should underline the parts of the letter of UNESCO to the participants of the Conference of the Kopaonik School: „The Kopaonik conferences on human rights organized over the last two decades have become increasingly important international gatherings…UNESCO considers the Kopaonik School of Natural Law its natural ally in the common efforts to promote fundamental principles of respect for human rights and human dignity as well as the principle of indivisibility, interdependence and equal importance of all human rights.“
The conference reports and materials published by the School make a library of 130 volumes, while in recent years each volume has exceeded 500 pages. Each year, after the conference, the School publishes Final document with main conclusions, suggestions and messages expressed in the conference. Particularly important in the field of human right is the Declaration of Natural Human Rights prepared by the Kopaonik School in six languages – English, French,German, Spanish, Russian, Chinese.