Dr Dunja Jadek Pensa graduated from the Faculty of Law of the University of Ljubljana. After completing an internship at the Higher Court in Ljubljana, she passed the state legal examination in 1987. The following year (1988) she completed postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Law, where she also obtained a doctorate in law in 2007. In the period from 1988 to 1995 she was employed as a legal advisor; in the first year she worked for the civil section of the Basic Court in Ljubljana and subsequently for the Supreme Court of the Republic of Slovenia in the records division and the civil law division. In 1995 she was elected district court judge, assigned to work at the Supreme Court of the Republic of Slovenia, while continuing to work as a district court judge in the commercial section of the District Court in Ljubljana. In 1997, she was appointed higher court judge at the Higher Court in Ljubljana, where she worked in the commercial section. In 2004, she became a senior higher court judge. During her time as a judge of the Higher Court in Ljubljana, she was awarded a scholarship by the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Patent, Copyright and Competition Law in Munich; she presided over the specialised panel for commercial disputes concerning intellectual property, and in the period from 2006 to 2008 she was the president and a member of the personnel council of the Higher Court in Ljubljana. In 2008, she became a Supreme Court judge. At the Supreme Court of the Republic of Slovenia she was on the panels considering commercial and civil cases, as well as the panel deciding appeals against decisions of the Slovenian Intellectual Property Office. She has published numerous works, particularly in the field of intellectual property law, the law of damages, and insurance law. She has lectured in the undergraduate and graduate study programmes of the Faculty of Law of the University of Ljubljana and at various professional courses and education programmes for judges in Slovenia and abroad. She is a member of the state legal examination commission for commercial law. She commenced duties as judge of the Constitutional Court on 15 July 2011.