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Ivo Josipovic
Ivo Josipović (name in native language)
Country: Serbia
Born: 28 August 1957
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Ivo Josipović, former President of the Republic of Croatia, won the Presidential elections on 10 January
2010 and took his oath of office as President of the Republic of Croatia on 18 February 2010.  
He was born in Zagreb on 28 August 1957 where he completed his primary and secondary
school. He graduated from the Faculty of Law (1980) and passed his bar examination. He
obtained his master's degree following his post‐graduate studies in criminal procedure law
(1985) and his doctor's degree with the thesis "Law on Arrest and Pre‐trial Detention in Criminal
Procedure Law" (1994) at the Zagreb University. He also graduated in Composition from the
Zagreb Music Academy. He holds an honorary doctor's degree of the Immanuel Kant State
University of Russia.  
Prior to his election to the office of the President Josipović was a university professor, a member
of the Croatian Parliament and a composer. He taught Criminal Procedure Law, International
Penal Law and Misdemeanour Law. At the Zagreb Music Academy he taught Harmony. He has
published several books and a total of 85 scholarly and expert papers in journals and magazines
in the country and abroad. He has composed some 50 compositions for different ensembles
(symphony orchestra, chamber orchestra, soloists) that are performed by eminent Croatian and
foreign artists, published as sheet music or some twenty sound storage media. He has received
Croatian and international artistic prizes and awards, inter alia, the Grand Prix of the European
Broadcasting Union and two Porin Croatian Record Awards. For a number of years he was
Director of one of the largest festivals of contemporary music, Music Biennale Zagreb, and
Secretary‐General of the Croatian Composers' Society.  
He has cooperated with a host of Croatian and foreign state, scholarly, university and artistic
institutions (from Germany, the USA, Canada, Mongolia, Azerbaijan, Austria, Hungary, Finland,
Italy...). As a legal expert he took part in the UN PrepCom for the establishment of the
International Criminal Court as well as at the Rome Diplomatic Conference. He was an associate‐
expert of the Council of Europe for monitoring prison systems in a number of countries. As a
legal expert he drafted or co‐drafted a number of Croatian legislative bills. He represented
Croatia before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the
International Court of Justice (ICJ). He is a member of a number of legal and artistic associations
both at home and abroad, inter alia, the World Academy of Art and Science, Hrvatski pravni
centar [Croatian Law Centre], Hrvatsko društvo za europsko pravo [Croatian Society for
European Law], Hrvatsko udruženje za kaznene znanosti i praksu [Croatian Association for Penal
Science and Practice].  
His special fields of interest include: penal law, criminal procedure, misdemeanour, international
penal law, war crimes, international courts, human rights, fight against corruption and organised
He is a social democrat. The chief elements of his Presidential platform that was the basis for his
election as President of the Republic of Croatia are:  
(1) active membership of Croatia in international organisations and associations, particularly in
the UN, NATO, the Council of Europe (Croatia is a member of these organisations), and
membership in the European Union;  
(2) normalisation of relations with the neighbouring countries of South‐East Europe (Bosnia and
Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Slovenia and other countries in the surrounding area) and
establishment of intensive economic, cultural and political cooperation; the continuation and
development of political and other cooperation with third countries, in particular with the USA;
strengthening of economic ties with non‐European countries, especially with Russia, China, India
and countries of Latin America;  
(3) assertion of the universality of human rights and international courts for war crimes
(4) further democratisation of Croatia, which includes assertion of human rights of all Croatian
citizens, particularly protection of the rights of national minorities;  
(5) justice as the foundation for the state's organisation and functioning;  
(6) modernisation of institutions of the Croatian state and provision of their professional service
to citizens (judiciary, state administration and local government);  
(7) strengthening security of citizens;  
(8) development of the Croatian economy in the context of the future EU membership as well as
care for the rights of workers (prohibition of any kind of discrimination).  
He represented Croatia before the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal
Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. He participated in a number of international projects, and as
an expert of the Council of Europe participated in the evaluation of prisons in Ukraine, Mongolia
and Azerbaijan.  
Having completed Secondary School of Music he pursued his studies in Composition at the
Zagreb Music Academy. He composed pieces for different instruments, chamber ensembles and
symphony orchestras, inter alia, Igra staklenih perli [Glass Bead Game], Tuba Ludens, Samba da
Camera, and Hiljadu lotosa [A Thousand Lotuses]. For his compositions he received several
prizes and awards at home and abroad, including a prize of the European Broadcasting Union
and the 1999 and the 2000 Porin Croatian Record Award. These compositions are performed
today by soloists and ensembles in the country and abroad. Ivo Josipović speaks English and
some German.  
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