The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

Karanovic & Partners

Work +381 11 30 94 200
Fax +381 11 30 94 223

Show all Press releases

Karanović & Nikolić Hosts The Empowering Students To Enter The Workplace Conference

December 2017

Karanović & Nikolić hosted the "Empowering Students to Enter the Workplace" HR conference, held on the 30th of November in Belgrade, Serbia. The event was organised in cooperation with Stanton Chase, one of the top 10 global retained executive search firms, and the guests and panellists included leading professionals in the field of human resources, as well as employment law experts.

Helping people grow professionally and personally is seen as a strategic priority at Karanović & Nikolić. With that in mind, fostering individuality and creativity are integral values of our student internship and trainee programmes – the Summer internship and the KNdidates programme.

However, a large number of students in Serbia are not able to take part in relevant programmes that would help them develop the professional and inter-personal skills needed on the job market. According to statistics:

  • 15.3% of young people (ages 15 to 24) does not work and is not involved in any educational system;
  • the unemployment rate for young people is 28.9%, while the general unemployment rate is 11.8%; and,
  • in general, 23.4 months passes from the moment a person graduates until they land their first job.

Due to legislative issues, a lot of students who would take part in internships or other educational programmes are forgotten, while 94% of interns does not receive any remuneration for the work that they do.

The welcome speeches at the conference were delivered by Ivana Karanović, attorney at law and head of Learning and Development at Karanović & Nikolić, and Tijana Tadić, HR Director at Karanović & Nikolić. After presentations by Marko Ćulafić – a graduate of both the Summer internship and the KNdidates programme, and currently a trainee at Karanović&Nikolić, and Milena Papac, attorney at law, who leads the Employment practice group at Karanović & Nikolić, followed the discussion panel titled "Student engagement challenges and solutions".

The panellists included: Dejana Lazić, Centar za razvoj karijere Univerziteta u Beogradu; Mirjana Parpura Đorđević,; Vladimir Damnjanović, Continental; and Milena Papac, Karanović & Nikolić. Some of the topics discussed included problems finding internships, their organisation and quality control.

The panellists agreed that often the students' preferences, their potential and motivation matter more in the selection process than their type of formal education. And, of the varied methods in the intern selections process, simple conversation often proves most effective. A students GPA is usually an indicator of good work habits, according to the panellists, but sometimes there is a discrepancy in the interns' ability to learn theoretical knowledge and their ability to apply it in practical situations.

Legal Developments by:
Karanovic & Partners

  • Serbia: The Registration Of Ultimate Beneficial Owners

    As of 31 December 2018, the Central Registry of Ultimate Beneficial Owners was established within the  Serbian Business Registers Agency  (the “Registry”), in line with the Law on Ultimate Beneficial Owners (“Official Gazette of the RoS no. 41/2018).
    - Karanovic & Nikolic

Legal Developments in Serbia

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to
  • Serbia: The Registration Of Ultimate Beneficial Owners

    As of 31 December 2018, the Central Registry of Ultimate Beneficial Owners was established within the  Serbian Business Registers Agency  (the “Registry”), in line with the Law on Ultimate Beneficial Owners (“Official Gazette of the RoS no. 41/2018).
  • Karanovic & Partners joins Ius Laboris

    We are proud to announce that Karanovic & Partners has joined Ius Laboris, the world's premier global network of human resources law firms. The Employment practice of Karanovic & Partners in Serbia joined this prestigious organisation to reinforce its international HR advisory services for domestic and international companies.
  • Karanovic & Partners: The 13th Traditional Conference on Competition Law and Data Protection

    On 28 November 2018, Karanovic & Partners, together with the  Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom , held the Competition and Data Protection conference at the Hilton Belgrade hotel. This traditional yearly conference – now in its' 13th year, gathered more than 120 experts from the business and legal community, as well as key regulators and stakeholders, to discuss the most important current issues in the fields of competition law and data protection.
  • Serbia Enacts a New Data Protection Law

    In light of the new EU data protection scheme, shaped by the GDPR, Serbia has enacted a new Data Protection Law on 9 November 2018, with its' applicability postponed for 21 August 2019. The new law was long-awaited: it has been 10 years since the existing law was passed, which was even at that moment already outdated (e.g. it recognized only consent in the written form and almost completely restricted data transfers to non-European countries).
  • Privatisation Disputes

    This article was written by  Milan Lazić, Senior  Partner , and  Milica Savić, Senior Associate , and originally published in the "Reshaping the boundaries of arbitrability: Are we heading forward?" publication by the  Permanent Arbitration at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia .
  • Geographical Indications Of Origin In Serbia: Where The Past Fuels The Future

    This article was written by Dragomir Kojić, Partner ⃰, and Tamara Bubalo, Associate ⃰, and was originally published in Issue 5.2 of the CEE Legal Matters Magazine. To see the original article, please follow this link.
  • Striving Towards the Black Gold

    This article was written by Petar Mitrović, Partner ⃰, and Nikolina Kažić, Associate ⃰, and was originally published in Issue 5.2 of the CEE Legal Matters Magazine To see the original article, please follow this
  • Montenegro To Publish A Tender For A 200 MW Solar Power Plant

    The Montenegrin Government plans to publish a tender for the lease of state land for the purpose of constructing a solar power plant in the municipality of Ulcinj. According to the announcement, the tender envisages a total of 6,621,121 square meters of land for the planning, construction, exploitation, and maintenance of a solar power plant at Briska gora, in the very south of Montenegro.
  • Laying the Foundations: ZF Group Building a Factory in Serbia

    The Karanović & Nikolić team, led by Senior Partner Marjan Poljak and Senior Associates ⃰ Ana Stanković and Ana Luković, advised ZF Friedrichshafen on the project of opening an electric vehicle parts factory in Pančevo, Serbia. The German company, a global leader specialising in the design, research and development, and manufacturing activities in the automotive industry, laid the foundations and began construction on 21 June 2018.
  • Interview with Patricia Gannon: The Importance of Female Leadership in Law Today

    Patricia Gannon, founding partner at Karanović & Nikolić, was recently appointed Chair of the European Forum at the International Bar Association . In this interview, she discusses her role at the helm of the largest global gathering of legal professionals and tackles the important topic of diversity in law, as well as female leadership from her unique perspective as female co-founder of a leading law firm from Southeast Europe.