ASEF Young Minds

Lucija Tacer – Youth in politics and democratic innovation

May 21, 2024 | 7:42 am |

The American Slovenian Educational Foundation is organizing a popular science lecture on Thursday, December 7, at 7 p.m., which will be held by Lucija Tacer, ASEF Junior Fellow 2022, who holds a degree in economics and political science from Vanderbilt University and a law degree from the Faculty of Law of the University of Ljubljana. The lecture is entitled “Youth in politics and democratic innovation”  and will be held in the Seminar room 5 at theFaculty of Law (Poljanski nasip 2, 1000 Ljubljana).


To attend the lecture, please register by December 7, no later than 6 p.m.


Why is it important to involve young people in politics? What opportunities do we have in Slovenia? Based on her personal experience of studying abroad, returning to Slovenia and studying the Slovenian legal system, Lucija Tacer will present her path to politics, where she currently serves as a Member of the National Assembly. In addition, her research focuses on the involvement of citizens in democratic processes, in particular some newer methods, such as deliberative mini-publics, which could represent an interesting opportunity and revitalisation of voters in Slovenia.


Lucija Tacer is a graduate of Economics and Political Science from Vanderbilt University and a Bachelor of Laws from the Faculty of Law, University of Ljubljana. Lucija is a Member of the National Assembly, where she is Vice-Chair of the Constitutional Commission and is working as a first signatory on a proposal to amend the Constitution of the Republic of Slovenia in the area of the appointment of judges. She is also active on the Justice, Foreign and European Policy Committees and represents the youth voice in Parliament. She is a co-founder of the Young Parliamentarians’ Club, where she seeks a broader political consensus on youth policy issues, including mental health, scholarships and the organisation of youth councils. She also serves as Vice-Chair of the Freedom Youth sub-group. In her work, she is committed to promoting active citizenship, an inclusive society (against discrimination) and sustainable lifestyles. Before entering politics, she was, in addition to her studies, the head of the European Law Students’ Association (ELSA) Slovenia and Ljubljana and represented young people in the 2020/21 mandate as Slovenia’s youth delegate to the UN.


ASEF Young Minds is a series of popular science lectures, which encourages young people to present their research work and experience gained within the framework of the ASEF fellowship program in a way that is accessible and understandable to the general public. In the project, ASEF connects with local organizations that operate in the places where the lecturers come from. The aim of cooperation is to connect and integrate young learners into the local Slovenian environment.

ASEF connects and unites Slovenian scientists and academics all over the world.

ELSA Ljubljana offers its members a variety of academic and other professional events and projects that enable law students and young lawyers to gain new knowledge at home and abroad, to learn about law in practice and to network with law students and young lawyers internationally. Among other things, members have the opportunity to apply for STEP internships, which allow them to gain work experience with different employers in the legal field abroad.

The project is supported by the Office of the Republic of Slovenia for Youth and the Government Office for Slovenians Abroad.

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