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Jurij Toplak


Adjunct Professor of Law

Office: 7-175

Jurij Toplak is one of the leading comparative election law and political finance scholars. His expert opinion appeared in The Guardian, Wall Street Journal, and The Boston Globe. He gave guest lectures or researched at Harvard, Georgetown, Oxford, Central European University, Washington and Lee, and elsewhere. 

He regularly gives election-related advice to governments and international organizations. He worked on election-related projects in United States, Canada, Finland, France, Belgium, Uganda, Latvia, Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, Romania, Monaco, Malta, and other countries. He led numerous successful impact litigation projects and he represents clients at the European Court of Human Rights.

Professor Toplak was a Fulbright Scholar at UCLA Law School (2003-04). Since 2006 he serves on International Political Science Association Research Committee on Corruption and Political Finance, and as a Co-Chair of the Freedom of Speech research group of the International Association of Constitutional Law. His articles were published in Electoral Studies, Temple Law Review, Lex Localis, Review of East and Central European Law, and other journals. His book Political Finance and Corruption in Eastern Europe (co-edited with Daniel Smilov) was extensively cited worldwide. Jure Toplak is a co-editor of Lex Localis (Web of Science, Scopus) and Journal of Comparative Politics (Scopus) and serves on the editorial board of three other journals.

Jurij Toplak is a University Professor of law at Alma Mater Europaea international university and at the University of Maribor, Slovenia. He is a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts based in Salzburg, Austra.


  • Comparative Constitutional Law and Challenges to Democracy, Fall 2019
  • Comparative Constitutional Law: Free Speech, Elections, Pandemics & More, Fall 2020