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Election of judges to the European Court of Human Rights

List and curricula vitae of candidates submitted by the Government of Croatia

Communication | Doc. 15295 | 21 May 2021

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Secretary General of the Parliamentary Assembly

1 Letter from Ms Lidija Vizek Mrzljak, Chargée d’affaires a.i to the Permanent Representation of Croatia to the Council of Europe, to Ms Despina Chatzivassiliou-Tsovilis, Secretary General of the Parliamentary Assembly, dated 8 April 2021

I would like to inform you on the decision of the Croatian Government of 14 January 2021 concerning the candidates of the Republic of Croatia for a Judge of the European Court of Human Rights as follows:

  • Mr Davor Derenčinović
  • Ms Lovorka Kušan
  • Mr Marin Mrčela

Please find enclosed the decision by the government of 14 January 2021, as well as a report with a description of the procedure conducted and criteria for selecting three candidates of the Republic of Croatia for the position of judge at the European Court of Human Rights and their curriculum vitae.

2 Information on the national selection procedure for the position of a judge of European Court of Human Rights

In June 2020, the Secretary General of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (hereinafter: PACE) addressed the Republic of Croatia and reported that the mandate of the Croatian judge at the European Court of Human Rights, Ksenija Turković, expires on 1 January 2022. He stated that the PACE should conduct the selection of a judge in relation to the Republic of Croatia and called on the Republic of Croatia to submit a list of 3 candidates, referring to the conditions and the procedure that need to be followed. He also reminded of the role of the Advisory Panel of Experts which should be provided with a list of candidates prior to its submission to the PACE. Additionally, the Secretary General of the PACE stated that the election of a judge in relation to the Republic of Croatia was scheduled for the PACE session in June 2021 and that the PACE should be provided with the list of 3 candidates no later than 10 May 2021.

In accordance with the Decision of the Government of the Republic of Croatia on the Establishment of the Candidate Selection Commission of the Republic of Croatia for the position of judge at the European Court of Human Rights (OG 139/09, 95/2010 and 119/2011), on 29 October 2020 at the premises of the Ministry of Justice and Administration, the ninth session (the first in this candidate selection procedure; previous sessions were held in proceedings related to the selection of ad hoc judges in 2014 and 2019) of the Candidate Selection Commission of the Republic of Croatia for the position of judge at the European Court of Human Rights (hereinafter: Commission) was held.

The renewed Commission was composed of: Mr Damir Habijan, a representative of the Judiciary Committee of the Croatian Parliament, in the capacity of the chair of the Commission, Ms Snježana Bagić, Ph.D. in Law, judge of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Croatia, member of the Commission, Mr Damir Kontrec, judge of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Croatia, member of the Commission, prof. dr. Vesna Crnić-Grotić, representative of law faculties, member of the Commission and Mr Ivan Crnčec, Assistant Minister of Justice and Administration, member of the Commission.

At this session of the Commission, the requirements which applicants for the position of judge at the European Court of Human Rights must fulfill have been determined: the applicants shall be of high moral character; they shall meet the requirements required to perform high judicial office or must be jurisconsults of recognised competence; they shall be under 70 years of age; they must undertake, if selected, to cease during their term of office, any activity which could be incompatible with their independence, impartiality or with the requirement of full-time service, in accordance with the Council of Europe Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. In addition to the above, a condition has been established that applicants should possess an active knowledge of one and a passive knowledge of the other official language of the Council of Europe, in accordance with the PACE Resolution 1646 (2009).

At the same time, the Commission found, in accordance with national legislation, that the requirements needed to perform high judicial duties were as follows: the applicant must have at least 15 years of work experience as a judicial official or the same number of years as an attorney at law or notary public, or the applicant must be a university professor of law, must have passed the bar exam and have at least 20 years of work experience and an established professional career in a certain field of law, including publishing professional and academic papers. The following requirements were also established for jurisconsults of recognised competence: the applicant must be perceived as a respectable legal professional in the professional and academic public with his/her papers and public contributions, must be a doctor of law and have at least 12 years of work experience or have a master's degree in law and have at least 15 years of work experience.

It was agreed that, among other things, it should be stated in the call for applications that persons of both sexes could apply equally, that applicants must enclose a curriculum vitae with a written application in accordance with the standardised CV form which is an integral part of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Resolution 1646 (2009), that the application should state their experience in the field of human rights, and that the Commission may (should it deem necessary) interview shortlisted applicants and conduct a test of knowledge of the official languages ​​of the Council of Europe.

It was agreed that the period for submitting the application will be 30 days and that the call for application will be published in the Official Gazette and two daily newspapers – "Jutarnji list" and "Večernji list", as well as on the website of the Ministry of Justice and Administration. It was agreed that the notice of the published call for applications will be submitted to the courts, state attorney's offices, law faculties, the Notary Chamber and the Croatian Bar Association. It was also agreed that an expert- French and English language teacher would be hired to test the applicants' knowledge of foreign languages.

It was agreed that, in accordance with the recommendations of the Advisory Panel of Experts, when determining the list of three candidates of the Republic of Croatia for the position of judge at the European Court of Human Rights, the so-called „reserve“ candidate shall be determined as well. In case the Advisory Panel of Experts rejects the list submitted by the Republic of Croatia or if it gives an opinion that one of the proposed candidates does not meet the requirements, the reserve candidate will replace that candidate on a new list to be submitted to the Advisory Panel of Experts without repeating the national selection procedure.

It was agreed that a summary of the conclusions of the Commission from the sessions held will be published on the website of the Ministry of Justice and Administration, after each session held.

The call for applications for the election of a judge at the European Court of Human Rights was published in the Official Gazette 120/2020 of 4 November 2020 and two daily newspapers – "Jutarnji list" and "Večernji list" of 4 November 2020. The call for applications was also published on the website of the Ministry of Justice and Administration. The deadline for applying to the call for applications was 30 days from the day of publication.

The notice of the published call for applications was sent to all courts, state attorney's offices, law faculties, the Notary Chamber and the Croatian Bar Association, in order to encourage as many quality experts as possible to apply for the call for applications.

Seven people applied for the call for application, as follows (in alphabetical order): prof. dr. Davor Derenčinović, prof. dr. Zlata Đurđević, Denis Krajcar, Lovorka Kušan, Marin Mrčela, assist. prof. dr. Antonija Petričušić, and assoc. prof. dr. Snježana Vasiljević.

After the deadline for submitting applications for call for proposals, the Commission held two more sessions.

At the tenth session held on 14 December 2020, the members of the Commission were provided with the copies of the applications of candidates who applied for the call for applications for the selection of Croatian candidates for the position of judge at the European Court of Human Rights. It was determined that all submitted applications were complete and submitted within the deadline and that all candidates met the formal requirements specified in the call for applications. The Commission agreed on the next stages of the procedure, such as testing the knowledge of English and French for the candidates by a foreign language teacher and holding interviews with the candidates, as well as setting a deadline for further stages of the procedure. It was agreed that the candidates would be selected by secret ballot.

At the eleventh session of the Commission held on 30 December 2020, it was agreed that during the interview, all applicants would be asked the same questions, previously agreed by the Commission. All applicants were interviewed.

At the beginning of the interview with the applicants, the Chair of the Commission briefed the applicants about the manner in which the interview would be conducted. He noted that the interview was an important step in the evaluation of each applicant and informed them that each member of the Commission would ask questions that would be helpful in order to make a final decision. He stated that the applicants were expected to provide answers and views on all questions posed to them by the members of the Commission.

The focus of the interview was on knowledge of the case law of the European Court of Human Rights and implementation of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. The applicants answered a number of questions related to the role of the European Court of Human Rights, the relevant case law of this Court, both in relation to the Republic of Croatia and other States Parties to the Convention, as well as questions related to presenting their qualities and experiences which would make them successful candidate or judge of the European Court of Human Rights, if appointed to that position.

After the interviews, the foreign language teachers tested the knowledge of English and French of each candidate.

After the interviews with all applicants, the Commission withdrew to make a final decision on the selection of three candidates to be nominated by the Government of the Republic of Croatia to appoint them as candidates of the Republic of Croatia for the position of judge at the European Court of Human Rights. The Commission finally decided on the candidates’ proposal by secret ballot, by a majority vote. In several rounds of elections, the list of candidates was narrowed. Before each election, candidates were compared according to their applications, the performance during the interview and the established criteria.

By careful examination of all relevant facts, the Commission selected three applicants, according to the highest criteria of professional and academic excellence, legal expertise, moral reputation and social respect. The three selected candidates stood out with comprehensive knowledge of all aspects of the work of the European Court of Human Rights, broad knowledge of the case law of this Court, all segments of the protection of human rights (from the national and international law aspects), and consistent and clear views on the institutes of fundamental human rights.

The members of the Commission voted on the final list of candidates. The list was supported unanimously.

The members of the Commission adopted the final proposal on the selection of the following three applicants for the candidate of the Republic of Croatia for the position of judge at the European Court of Human Rights, as follows: prof. dr. Davor Derenčinović, Lovorka Kušan and Marin Mrčela. As a reserve candidate, and in accordance with the recommendation of the Advisory Panel of Experts, prof. dr. Zlata Đurđević, was proposed.

The Commission concluded that the entire selection procedure was carried out within the framework of the following regulations adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the Committee of Ministers on the selection of candidates for judges of the ECtHR – Resolutions 1646 (2009), 1366 (2004), 1426 (2005), 1627 (2008), 1841 (2011), 2002 (2014), 2278 (2019), 2248 (2018), CM/Res (2009)5, Recommendation 1649 (2004), Guidelines of the Committee of Ministers on the selection of candidates for the post of judge at the European Court of Human Rights of 29 March 2012, as amended by CM/Del/Dec (2014)1213/1.5. The principles and criteria for conducting the competition and selection of candidates for the position of judge of the Republic of Croatia at the European Court of Human Rights contained in the above regulations were respected during the conducted procedure.

In selecting the candidates, the Commission was guided by the criteria of the highest professional, public and moral integrity of the applicant, and the results of the interview.

The Commission agreed to submit to the Government of the Republic of Croatia a proposal for a list of candidates of the Republic of Croatia for the position of the judge at the European Court of Human Rights, as well as the so-called reserve candidate, to decide on it.

In January 2021, the Government of the Republic of Croatia received the proposal of the Commission on the selection of candidates, together with the curricula vitae of all persons who applied to call for applications.

At the session held on 14 January 2021, the Government of the Republic of Croatia adopted the Decision on the candidates of the Republic of Croatia for the position of judge at the European Court of Human Rights. By the aforementioned Decision, and in accordance with the proposal of the Commission, as candidates of the Republic of Croatia for the judge at the European Court of Human Rights the following candidates were elected:

  • Davor Derenčinović
  • Lovorka Kušan
  • Marin Mrčela

As a reserve candidate of the Republic of Croatia for a judge at the European Court of Human Rights prof. dr. Zlata Đurđević was elected.

In February 2021, the Republic of Croatia sent to the Advisory Panel of Experts the curricula vitae of the selected candidates as well as the Report describing the procedure and criteria for selecting three candidates of the Republic of Croatia for a judge at the European Court of Human Rights and in March 2021 received its opinion.

Appendix 1 – Mr Davor DERENČINOVIĆ

CURRICULUM VITAENote

I. Personal details

Name, forename: Derenčinović, Davor

Sex: Male

Date and place of birth: 7 August 1970, Zagreb

Nationality: Croatian

II. Education and academic and other qualifications

  • Graduation from the Faculty of Law in Zagreb in 1995. Magister Scientiarum was obtained at the same Faculty in 1998 (summa cum laude)
  • Ph.D. obtained in 2000 (Zagreb Faculty of Law) with the thesis "Criminal Law in Countering Corruption"
  • Post-doctoral research fellow under the Fulbright program at the International Human Rights Law Institute, DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, 2004/05

Further academic training received at the following institutions (where I was also an invited lecturer):

  • International Human Rights Law Institute, DePaul University College of Law (Chicago, United States)
  • Istituto Superiore Internazionale di Scienze Criminali (Siracusa, Italy)
  • Academy for European Law (Trier, Germany)
  • London School of Economics (London, United Kingdom)
  • Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches und internationales Strafrecht (Freiburg am Breisgau, Germany)
  • Penn State University (State College, United States)
  • China University of Political Science and Law (Beijing, China)
  • East China University of Political Science and Law (Shanghai, China)

III. Relevant professional activities

a. Description of judicial activities

  • Ad hoc judge of the European Court of Human Rights (2010-)

I have been on the list of the Ad hoc judges of the European Court of Human Rights since 2010, with the renewal of my mandate in 2019 (Decision of the Government of the Republic of Croatia, 11 July 2019). The election to this position determined the fulfillment of the conditions from Article 21. par. 1. of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (The judges shall be of high moral character and must either possess the qualifications required for appointment to high judicial office or be jurisconsults of recognised competence).

  • Author of legal opinions in proceedings before national courts, the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Croatia, the European Court of Human Rights, and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (1995-)

I actively participated in criminal and other proceedings by giving legal opinions in the field of criminal law and human rights law at the request of the parties to the proceedings or at the invitation of the court. Under Croatian legislation, I am registered as an expert with the Croatian Bar Association to provide legal opinions and advice in the field of criminal law and human rights law.

  • Legal expert for the law firm Baker and McKenzie in arbitration proceedings before the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID, World Bank, Washington, 2014-2017)

Baker and McKenzie is one of the world's largest and most-reputable law firms engaged in, among other things, legal representation in international commercial arbitration. In the arbitration proceedings before ICSID, I was hired as a legal expert witness to prepare legal analysis and to testify on certain provisions of Croatian criminal legislation and their application to a specific case.

  • Legal expert in disciplinary proceedings before the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP, Toronto, 2015-2016)

At the Royal Canadian Mounted Police request, I participated in disciplinary proceedings as a legal expert and prepared legal analysis about certain provisions of Croatian criminal legislation and their application to a specific case.

  • Deputy President of the State Attorney's Council (2012-2015)

I was substituting the President of the State Attorney's Council and, in the capacity of the President of the Council, conducting hearings in disciplinary proceedings against the Deputy State Attorneys. I participated in all other proceedings as a member of the Council. These proceedings are governed by the provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure.

b. Description of non-judicial legal activities

  • 2014 – Full professor (permanent tenure) at the Criminal Law Department (since 2011 Head of the Criminal Law Department); The University of Zagreb, Faculty of Law.

Previous employment

  • 2009-2014 – Full Professor at the Criminal Law Department; The University of Zagreb, Faculty of Law
  • 2006-2009 – Associate Professor at the Criminal Law Department; The University of Zagreb, Faculty of Law
  • 2002-2006 – Assistant Professor at the Criminal Law Department; The University of Zagreb, Faculty of Law
  • 1998-2002 – Assistant at the Criminal Law Department; The University of Zagreb, Faculty of Law
  • 1995-1998 – Research fellow at the Criminal Law Department; The University of Zagreb, Faculty of Law.

Lecturing at academic institutions

As a long-term teacher at the Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, I taught thousands of hours at the graduate and postgraduate level in courses that deal specifically or partially with human rights law:

  • Criminal Law;
  • Misdemeanor Law;
  • Comparative Criminal Law;
  • Criminology and Victimology;
  • Criminal Law Aspects of Migration and Trafficking in Human Beings;
  • International Criminal Law;
  • Suppression of Organised Crime.

In addition to the Zagreb Faculty of Law, I was a visiting lecturer at several undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate (specialist and doctoral) studies at home and abroad:

  • Postgraduate Doctoral Studies, Faculty of Law, University of Mostar (Criminal Law, 2013-);
  • Postgraduate Specialist Studies "Criminal Investigation" of the Faculty of Law, University of Rijeka (2008-);
  • Joint Master in European Integration and Regionalism, Bolzano, Zagreb, Graz, Barcelona (2009);
  • Postgraduate Studies in Criminal Sciences, Faculty of Law, University of Sarajevo (2008);
  • Postgraduate Specialist Studies in Criminal Law, Faculty of Law, University J.J.Strossmayer in Osijek (2007-2015).

In addition to teaching courses that cover numerous aspects of human rights protection at colleges, I also held a series of invited lectures and presentations at domestic and international scholar and professional conferences (for some institutions where I gave invited lectures, see supra II, and for a comprehensive overview see http://bib.irb.hr, under Derenčinović, Davor).

c. Description of non-legal professional activities

Of the non-legal professional activities, I emphasise the ongoing commitment to promote lifelong learning of lawyers and education of law students from different parts of the world at the Interuniversity Center in Dubrovnik on crime prevention, security studies, and human rights. I demonstrated my ability to lead a premier educational organisation by heading the oldest postgraduate study in legal sciences in the Republic of Croatia (criminal law) for almost ten years. I was also holding the position of Vice Dean for International Cooperation and Science at the Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb who was in charge of concluding collaboration agreements on student exchange with many prestigious universities from all over the world.

  • Founder and Head of the professional training program "Criminal Code in Practical Application" at the Zagreb Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb (2013-)
  • Associate of the Judicial Academy (2010-)
  • Founder and Director of the international postgraduate course "Crime Prevention through Criminal Law and Security Studies" at the Interuniversity Center in Dubrovnik (2009-)
  • Foreign Director of the Research Center for European Criminal Law at the Institute of Law of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, Shanghai (2016-2019)
  • Vice-dean for International Cooperation and Science, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb (2015-2017)
  • Head of Postgraduate Studies in Criminal Law, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb (2009-2018)
  • Member of the European Committee on Legal Co-operation of the Council of Europe (CDCJ, 2008-2009).

IV. Activities and experience in the field of human rights

Twenty-five years of experience in the field of human rights law through various international organisations, primarily the Council of Europe, scientific projects, legislative drafting and teaching.

  • President of the Council of Europe Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) (2019-)
  • Member and Vice-President of the Council of Europe Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) (2009-2012, 2017-)

GRETA was established by the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings. GRETA's function as a body composed of 15 experts, persons of high reputation and expertise elected by the Committee of the Parties, is to evaluate the implementation of the Convention by State Parties (47). The Convention provides for the unique system of protecting victims of trafficking and guarantees respect for their fundamental human rights to freedom and dignity. As a member of GRETA, I participated in a number of evaluations, country visits and report preparation. As Vice-President and President, I have worked with the Committee of the Parties, European Court of Human Rights, General Secretary of the Council of Europe, Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, European Parliament and number of international and non-governmental organisations (UN, OSCE, La Strada International) on issues related to the implementation of the Convention and other mechanisms for protecting the rights of victims of trafficking on a global and regional level. As an interested third party, GRETA has on several occasions participated in proceedings before the European Court of Human Rights where violation of Article 4 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms was claimed.

  • Ad hoc judge of the European Court of Human Rights (2012-); see. supra III.a
  • Head and member of expert groups drafting the legislation on the field of criminal law and human rights law (1995-)

Criminal Code, Misdemeanor Code, Law on Responsibility of Legal Persons for Criminal Offences, Law on Office for Suppression of Corruption and Organised Crime, Law on Legal Consequences of Conviction, Rehabilitation and Giving Data from Criminal Record, Law on Implementation of Directive on European Public Prosecutor, Law on Suppression of Discrimination, Law on Prevention of the Conflict of Interest in Performing Public Duties.

  • Member of the National Preventive Mechanism for the Prevention of Torture (2012-2014).

A member of the academic community in the body that protects the human rights of persons deprived of liberty (detainees, prisoners, persons with mental disabilities, etc.) at the Ombudsman Office. Experience working with the United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

  • Fulbright postdoctoral research and work on international human rights projects at the International Human Rights Institute, DePaul University College of Law, Chicago (2004-2005).

Postdoctoral research at a prestigious institution and collaboration with Professor M. Cherif Bassiouni, who is considered a leading expert in international criminal law and an advocate of the later established International Criminal Court. For his contribution in the field of international human rights law, Bassiouni was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999. I took part in a number of projects aimed at strengthening the rule of law and protection of human rights in the Middle East. The result of the research is the book "Essays on Terrorism and Anti-Terrorism".

  • Member of the Bureau of the Council of Europe Committee of Experts on Terrorism (CODEXTER, 2003-2004).

The representative of the Republic of Croatia on the Committee in charge of coordinating the activities of the Council of Europe in the context of the fight against terrorism. Participation in the drafting of the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism (CETS 196).

  • Member of the Council of Europe Multidisciplinary Group on International Action against Terrorism (GMT, 2001-2003).

The representative of the Republic of Croatia on the expert body (predecessor of CODEXTER) in charge of coordination of the activities of the Council of Europe in the context of the fight against terrorism. Participation in the drafting of the Protocol amending the European Convention on the Suppression of Terrorism (CETS 190).

  • Member of the Council of Europe Multidisciplinary Group on Corruption (GMC, 2000).

Participation in the work of the expert group (predecessor of GRECO) that prepared the Council of Europe Program of Action against Corruption, as well as the Criminal Law Convention on Corruption (CETS 173) and the Civil Law Convention on Corruption (CETS 174).

V. Public activities

a. Public office

As a prominent lawyer, I have held various positions in the highest state bodies – the Croatian Parliament, the Government of the Republic of Croatia and the Office of the President of the Republic of Croatia. The thematic areas of my work in this context were: combating corruption and preventing conflict of interest, promoting ethical standards of participants in national and European elections, pardons of convicted persons (advisory body of the President of the Republic of Croatia), appointments, dismissals and disciplinary proceedings against state attorneys and their deputies, participation in legislative activity through membership in the Committee for Legislation of the Croatian Parliament and provision of professional assistance in cooperation of the Government of the Republic of Croatia with international criminal tribunals.

  • Member of the Ethics Committee in the election of representatives of the Croatian Parliament (2020)
  • Member of the Ethics Committee in the election of members of the European Parliament from the Republic of Croatia (2019)
  • President of the Pardons Commission of the President of the Republic of Croatia (2015-2016)
  • Member of the State Attorney's Council (2012-2019), Deputy President (2012-2015)
  • Member of the Committee for Legislation of the Croatian Parliament (VIth convocation of the Croatian Parliament (2008-2011)
  • Member of the Council of the Government of the Republic of Croatia for the preparation of amicus curiae before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (2007-2009)
  • Member of the Commission for Prevention on Conflict of Interest (Croatian Parliament) (2004-2005)

b. Elected posts

I was elected to a number of leading positions within the legal profession. I am one of the founders of the Croatian Academy of Legal Sciences, where I currently hold the position of president. It is a reputable professional organisation that brings together more than 140 Doctors of Law from the Republic of Croatia, mostly law professors with life tenure. I am also affiliated with the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts through my membership in the Executive Board of the Scientific Council for Public Administration, Judiciary and the Rule of Law. I gained the trust of the university teachers of the oldest university in Croatia (University of Zagreb – slightly less than 20 000 teachers and scholars) by being elected for the president of the Society of University Teachers and Other Scholars in Zagreb, which in 2019 marked 100 years since its founding. At the University of Zagreb, I also served as president of one of the most important bodies, the Statutory Committee. I was also holding the position of a member of the Field Committee for Legal Sciences in charge of the career advancement of those who teach law courses at the universities. In accordance with the Law on Science and Higher Education, only world-renowned scholars may be elected as members of the field committees (Article 19, paragraph 4). I have been active in promoting the social doctrine of the Catholic Church through membership in the Commission Iustitia et pax of the Croatian Bishops Conference. As a prominent lawyer, I also serve as a representative of the Croatian Bishops Conference in COMECE Legal Commission (Commission of Bishops Conferences of the European Union). I also served as president of the Croatian Association for Criminal Sciences and Practice, the oldest national professional association in criminal law, bringing together eminent Croatian legal scholars and practitioners dealing with criminal law. The Croatian Association for Criminal Sciences and Practice is a national branch of the International Association for Penal Law (IAPL/AIDP).

  • President of the Croatian Academy of Legal Sciences (2018-)
  • Member of the Legal Commission of COMECE (the Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Union (2018-)
  • Member of the Executive Board of the Scientific Council for State Administration, Justice and Rule of Law of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts (2017-)
  • President of the Society of University Teachers and Other Scholars in Zagreb (2017-)
  • Member of the Iustitia et Pax Commission of the Croatian Bishops' Conference (2015-)
  • President of the Statutory Committee of the University of Zagreb (2017-2020)
  • Member of the Field Committee for Legal Sciences (Ministry of Science) (2013-2016)
  • President of the Croatian Association for Criminal Science and Practice (2008-2012)

c. Posts held in a political party or movement

I have never been a member of a political party nor movement.

VI. Other activities

I have led a number of competitive research projects in the field of criminal law, criminology, international criminal law and human rights law. I am the only scholar in the field of law in the Republic of Croatia to be approved by the Croatian Science Foundation for funding two consecutive scientific projects, one of which is currently being implemented (Innocence Project in Croatia – renewal of criminal proceedings based on DNA analysis not available at the time of trial – one of the first interdisciplinary projects of its kind in Southeast Europe that brings together renowned legal and forensic scholars). Other activities include membership in the editorial boards of scientific and professional journals in Croatia and abroad and the position of expert advisor (consultant) of renowned organisations of the United Nations (UNODC, UNDP) and private consulting companies participating in the implementation of European competitive projects (Ecorys). As a member of the working groups of the Government of the Republic of Croatia, I participated in negotiations with the European Commission in the chapters relating to justice, home affairs and human rights, which resulted in Croatia's membership in the European Union.

a. Field

1 Croatian Science Foundation Project "Innocence Project in Croatia" (CROinop)
2 Croatian Science Foundation Project "Croatian Monitor of Violence" (Cro-Vi-Mo)
3 Croatian Science Foundation Project "Multidisciplinary Cluster for Research of Crime in Transition – Corruption, Trafficking in Human Beings and Economic Crime" (TRANSCRIM)
4 Ministry of Science, Education and Sport Project "Criminal Law Prevention of Corruption and Organised Crime"
5 United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
6 United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
7 Ecorys Nederland
8 International Project "Promoting Compliance Strategies and Preventing Corruption in the Private Sector" (US Alumni Grants Program)
9 International Editorial Board of the Iustinianus Law Review (University of Skopje)
10 International Project "Vae Victims – Towards Building a Human Rights Approach in Combating Trafficking in Human Beings" (Zagreb Faculty of Law, Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches und internationales Strafrecht)
11 International Project "Tools for the Validation and Utilisation of EU Statistics on Human Trafficking“ (Europska komisija)
12 Editorial Board of the Croatian Academy of Legal Sciences Yearbook (Croatian Academy of Legal Sciences)
13 International Project "Raising Awareness among Students, Legal Practitioners, Law Enforcement Officials and Journalists on Human Trafficking in South-Eastern Europe and Beyond" (Zagreb Faculty of Law, DePaul University College of Law)
14 Editorial Board of the Annual of Social Work (Zagreb Faculty of Law)
15 Working groups for the preparation of negotiations under Chapters 23 and 24 of the European Union acquis

b. Duration

1 2020-2024
2 2018-2022
3 2015-2019
4 2010-2014
5 2010-
6 2010-
7 2019-
8 2015
9 2014-
10 2013-2017
11 2012-2013
12 2011-
13 2009-2014
14 2008-2014
15 2005-2011

c. Functions

1 Project manager
2 President of the scientific board
3 Project manager
4 Project manager
5 Expert consultant
6 Expert consultant
7 Expert consultant
8 Project manager
9 Member of international editorial board
10 Project manager
11 National correspondent
12 Member of editorial board
13 Project manager
14 Member of editorial board
15 Member

VII. Publications and other works

Five author's books, three editorial books, twenty-two book chapters, ten textbooks and more than one hundred and sixty scientific and professional papers (including abstracts from scientific and professional conferences) in the field of criminal law and human rights law (full list is available at http://bib.irb.hr, under Derenčinović, Davor). In my opinion this is the list of the 10 most-significant papers dealing with human rights law and European Court of Human Rights' jurisprudence, most of which are written in English:

  • Derenčinović D., Europe at a Crossroads – Countering Terrorism in the Surveillance Society, in: Dealing with Terrorism – Empirical and Normative Challenges of Fighting the Islamic State (ed. Engelhart M., Roksandić Vidlička S.), Berlin, Duncker & Humblot, 2019., pp. 3-17;
  • Derenčinović D., Human Trafficking in Southeastern Europe – Council of Europe Perspective, in: The Palgrave International Handbook of Human Trafficking (ed. Winterdyk J., Jones J.), London, Palgrave Macmillan, 2019., pp. 1-15;
  • Derenčinović, D.; Freedom of Expression and Legal Protection of Religious Feelings in Europe – From Reconciliation to Complementarity, u: Law, Religion and Love (ed. Babie P., Savić V.I.), New York, Routledge, 2017., pp. 194-211;
  • Derenčinović D., Rethinking Trafficking in Human beings – Towards International Coalition of Academics Against Trafficking in Human Beings (TRACE), The International Journal of Sustainable Human Security, 2 (2015), 1; pp. 189-200;
  • Derenčinović D., Comparative Perspectives on Non-punishment of Victims of Trafficking in Human Beings, Annales de la Faculté de Droit d'Istanbul, 46 (2014), pp. 3-20;
  • Derenčinović D., Preventive (Security) Detention of “Dangerous” Delinquents – The Reminder from Strasbourg (in Croatian: Sigurnosno zatvaranje “opasnih” delinkvenata – podsjetnik iz Strasbourga), Zbornik Pravnog fakulteta u Zagrebu, 64 (2014), 5-6, pp. 817-831;
  • Derenčinović D., The evolution of the Antiterror Legal and Institutional Framework in Croatia, u: The European Stance on a New Threat, Changing Laws and Human Rights Implications (ed. Wade M., Maljević A.), New York, Springer, 2010., pp. 305-320;
  • Derenčinović D., Shadow of a doubt – is there anything in common with article 2(3)(c) of the International Convention for the Suppression of Terrorist Bombings and the Joint Criminal Enterprise Theory Embraced in ICTY Jurisprudence? in: International Terrorism – The Future Unchained (ed. Becker S., Derenčinović D.), Zagreb, Pravni fakultet Sveučilišta u Zagrebu, 2008. pp. 19-33;
  • Derenčinović D., Ogledi o terorizmu i antiterorizmu, Essays on terrorism and antiterrorism, Zagreb, Pravni fakultet Sveučilišta u Zagrebu, 2005;
  • Derenčinović D., In Occasion of Decision of the European Court of Human Rights in Case of Streletz, Kessler and Krenz against Germany (in Croatian: U povodu presude Europskog suda za ljudska prava u predmetu Streletz, Kessler i Krenz protiv Njemačke), Hrvatski ljetopis za kazneno pravo i praksu, 2 (2001), pp. 147-170.

VIII. Languages

Language

Reading

Writing

Speaking

 

very good

good

fair

very good

good

fair

very good

good

fair

a. First language:

Croatian

x

   

x

   

x

   

b. Official languages:

English

x

   

x

   

x

   

French

 

x

   

x

   

x

 

c. Other languages:

N/A

                 

IX. In the event that you do not meet the level of language proficiency required for the post of judge in an official language, please confirm your intention to follow intensive language classes of the language concerned prior to, and if need be also at the beginning of, your term of duty if elected a judge on the Court

I hereby confirm my intention to enroll in intensive language courses before, and if necessary, at the beginning of my term if I am elected as a judge of the Court.

X. Other relevant information

Holder of the Award of the Society of University Teachers and Other Scholars in Zagreb to young scientists for the best book in the field of social sciences, "Myth (about) corruption" (2001), and the Award of the Foundation dr.sc. Jadranko Crnić for the best book in the field of law, "Theory of joint criminal enterprise – challenges and controversies" (co-author, 2012).

Pro bono lectures. Media appearances (topics: criminal law, criminology and protection of human rights). Excellent computer skills, advanced use of presentation tools (Prezi, Ultimate MindMap etc.). Homeland War Veteran. Holder of the Homeland War Memorial.

I have been continuously dealing with human rights in my lecturing, research and practical work for 25 years. I also have almost 25 years of experience working in the Council of Europe, which coincides with the Republic of Croatia's accession to this important organisation that promotes the rule of law, democracy, and human rights (November 6, 1996). I have participated in various expert committees of the Council of Europe as a national expert in drafting international conventions in the field of criminal law and human rights protection (Criminal Law Convention on Corruption, Civil Law Convention on Corruption, Protocol amending the European Convention on the Suppression of Terrorism, Council of Europe convention on the Prevention of Terrorism).

I have been on the list of Ad hoc judges of the European Court of Human Rights (since 2010 with renewal of mandate in 2019). I am the President of the Council of Europe Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) where I was elected for two terms (2009-2012 /vicepresident 2011-2012/ and 2017-2020 /president 2019-2020). Previously, I was also very active in various Council of Europe expert bodies dealing with the prevention of crime and the protection of human rights (member of the European Committee on Legal Cooperation, CDCJ, 2008-2009; member of the Bureau of the Council of Europe Committee of Experts on Terrorism, CODEXTER, 2003-2004; member of the Council of Europe Multidisciplinary Group on International Action against Terrorism, GMT, 2001-2003; Member of the Council of Europe Multidisciplinary Group on Corruption, GMC, 2000)

In Croatia, I was appointed a member of the National Preventive Mechanism for the Prevention of Torture (2012-2014). As a head and member of expert groups, I participated in drafting legislation in the field of criminal law and human rights protection. I am the author of many (almost 200) scientific and professional papers and books in criminal law and human rights law. I have studied at prestigious international institutions, including Fulbright's postdoctoral research and work on international human rights projects at the International Human Rights Law Institute, DePaul University College of Law, Chicago (2004-2005). I have many years of collaborative (teamwork) experience in advocating human rights protection nationally and internationally.

Under the provisions of Article 21, paragraph 1 of the Council of Europe Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, I am a person of high moral character. A university professor in legal sciences with life tenure, prominent legal scholar, holder of many public and elected positions and professional awards and human rights advocate through membership and leadership of domestic and international human rights bodies, scientific research, and teaching.

I meet Article 21 (1) requirements of the Council of Europe Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. I was elected to the highest judicial office (Ad hoc judge of the European Court of Human Rights). I also meet the conditions for election to high judicial services in the country (e.g., for a judge of the Constitutional Court under Article 5 of the Constitutional Act on the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Croatia). In the general public and among scholars, I enjoy the reputation of a prominent legal expert. I have a Ph.D. and twenty-five years of working experience (I have been employed at the Zagreb Faculty of Law since 1995 where I acquired my Ph.D in 2000). I am a jurisconsult of recognised competence.

I was born on August 7, 1970 in Zagreb and, at the time of applying, I am fifty years old (see certificate of citizenship attached).

I have active knowledge of the official languages of the Council of Europe – English (first working language) and French (second working language) (see certificates of English and French languages attached).

I undertake that, if elected Judge of the European Court of Human Rights, I shall not engage, during my term of office, in any activity which is incompatible with my independence, impartiality or with the demands of a full-time office under Article 21 (3) of the Council of Europe Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.

XI. Please confirm that you will take up permanent residence in Strasbourg if elected a judge on the Court

I confirm that my place of residence will be in Strasbourg if I am elected a judge of the European Court of Human Rights.

Appendix 2 – Ms Lovorka KUŠAN

CURRICULUM VITAENote

I. Personal details

Name, forename: Kušan, Lovorka

Sex: Female

Date and place of birth: 7 April 1968, Zagreb, Croatia

Nationality: Croatian

II. Education and academic and other qualifications

  • 1991 – Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb – dipl. iur (Master of Laws)
  • 1994 – Croatian Bar Exam

III. Relevant professional activities

a. Description of judicial activities

June 2016 – Judge at the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Croatia

One of candidate's priorities as a judge at the Constitutional Court, has been, in accordance with the principle of subsidiarity, to enhance and establish the remedial power of the constitutional complaint in terms of violations of constitutional rights and rights protected under the European Convention on Human Rights, especially regarding alleged violations of Articles 2, 3, 5, 6, 8 and 10 of the European Convention. The enhancement of the constitutional complaint's effectiveness was noted by the European Court of Human Rights (see e.g. Kušić and others v. Croatia (dec.), no. 71667/17, 10 December 2019, §§ 82-99). In order to achieve this, she did not hesitate to draft and append dissenting opinions (see e.g. U-IIIBi-886/2018, 10 July 2018 – opinion noted by the ECtHR in Kušić and others v. Croatia, § 51).

For other activities before domestic courts and the European Court for Human Rights, see non-judicial legal activities below.

b. Description of non-judicial legal activities

  • 1991 – 1994 – Internship at a law office
  • 1995 – 1996 – In-house intellectual property lawyer at the Croatian Composers' Society
  • 1998 – May 2016 – Member of the Croatian Bar Association; lawyer practicing in Ivanić-Grad

The candidate enjoys over 20 years of legal experience before Croatian courts of all instances (in civil, criminal and administrative cases) and before the European Court of Human Rights. She has always striven to infuse her legal submissions with relevant principles stemming from the European Court’s jurisprudence (and other international mechanisms for human rights protection), as well as file applications with the European Court. This in turn required her familiarization with the European Court’s jurisprudence in a variety of fields and themes. For the same reasons, she is familiar also with the Rules of the Court and has followed closely the evolution of the European Convention on Human Rights system.

Selected cases before the European Court of Human Rights:

. Šečić v. Croatia, no. 40116/02, 31 May 2007

. Beganović v. Croatia, no. 46423/06, 25 June 2009

. Oršuš and Others v. Croatia [GC], no. 15766/03, 16 March 2010

. Đurđević v. Croatia, no. 52442/09, 19 July 2011

. X and Y v. Croatia, no. 5193/09, 3 November 2011

. A.K. and L. v. Croatia, no. 37956/11, 8 January 2013

. Vrzić v. Croatia, no. 43777/13, 12 July 2016*

. Cindrić and Bešlić v. Croatia, no.72152/13, 6 September 2016*

. Travaš v. Croatia, no. 75581/13, 4 October 2016*

. K.B. and others v. Croatia, no. 36216/13, 14 March 2017*

. Škorjanec v. Croatia, no. 25536/14, 28 March 2017*

. Hoti v. Croatia, no. 63311/14, 26 April 2018*

(* the candidate withdrew from the case before the pronouncement of the judgment following her appointment to the Constitutional Court)

c. Description of non-legal professional activities

None

IV. Activities and experience in the field of human rights

  • 1997 – 2006: Expert consultant for the NGO Croatian Law Centre on various projects on forced migration, right to free elections, reform of the judiciary, discrimination and European Convention – legal analysis, education, public awareness, organizing international conferences
  • 1996 – 1999: Activist at (and between 1998 and 1999 a member of) the Croatian Helsinki Committee
  • 1997 – 2014: Expert consultant for / cooperating lawyer with the European Roma Rights Centre on Roma issues (carrying out domestic research and undertaking litigation on access to education, hate crimes, discrimination in general)
  • 2001 – 2002: Local consultant for the Council of Europe on the Report on obstacles facing the Roma minority of Croatia in accessing different categories of rights and namely citizenship, housing, health and social assistance – survey made under the joint Council of Europe/OSCE-ODIHR/European Commission Project "Roma under the Stability Pact" (together with Council of Europe expert Ina Zoon)
  • 2003 – 2004: Local consultant for the Council of Europe on the Report on Roma Access to Employment in Croatia (together with Council of Europe expert Ina Zoon)
  • 2006: Expert consultant for B.a.B.e. – Be active Be emancipated (NGO active in promoting and protecting women's human rights) on the project "Women and Media", the candidate's duty was carrying out of analysis of relevant legislation and drafting of legal research papers
  • 2008 – May 2016: Expert consultant for / cooperating lawyer with the Center for Peace Studies on various human rights projects e.g. 2008-2009 Project of education of Croatian lawyers on the European Convention; legal aid for asylum seekers; lecturer at various trainings and workshops on discrimination, execution of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights and on asylum and the rights of refugees
  • 2009 – 2015: Expert consultant for / cooperating lawyer with Sjaj – NGO active in the provision of assistance to persons with mental difficulties – duties entailed the provision of legal assistance and court representation as well as drafting of legal reports
  • 2009 – May 2016: Member of the European Network of Legal Experts in the Non-Discrimination Field / national legal expert for Croatia; duties entailed the drafting of the annual and thematic reports on non-discrimination (on the grounds of racial and ethnic origin, religion or belief, age, disability and sexual orientation), as well as contributing to publications by the Network and its responses to ad-hoc questions from the European Commission
  • 1997 – 2020: Speaker at numerous conferences and seminars for lawyers, law students, members of the judiciary and law enforcement on anti-discrimination legislation as well as on the jurisprudence of the European Convention on Human Rights (including, on two occasions, delivering lectures as a guest lecturer at the Faculty of Law of the University of Zagreb)

V. Public activities

a. Public office

None

b. Elected posts

None

c. Posts held in a political party or movement

None in the last 25 years. Member of the Croatian Social Liberal Party and twice its candidate for the parliamentary elections in the early 1990s.

VI. Other activities

a. Field

b. Duration

c. Functions

None

VII. Publications and other works

Selected publications in Croatian:

  • Kušan, L., Conflict of Interest (2003)
  • Bandalo, Kušan, Labrović and Juričić, Manual on the Elimination of Discrimination and Hate Crime against LGBT persons (2011)
  • Radačić, I. and Kušan, L., ʻProhibition of torture: Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rightsʼ in Radačić, I, (ed.), Compatibility of the Croatian Legislation and Practice with the Standards of the European Convention on Human Rights (2011)
  • Kušan, L., ʻThe Right to Effective Investigation in Case of Suspicious Death in Medical Institutionʼ, Conference Papers International Conference "2nd Croatian Conference on Medical Law" (2016)
  • Kušan, L., ʻOn Philippe Sands' Book East West Street and on Origin of the Terms Genocide and Crime Against Humanityʼ, Gordogan 37-38 (2018)
  • Kušan, L. and Petrović, S., ʻConstitutional Guarantees and the Economic System of the Republic of Croatia (on Entrepreneurial and Market Freedom and the Right of Ownership)ʼ, Zagreb Law Review (2018)

VIII. Languages

Language

Reading

Writing

Speaking

 

very

good

good

fair

very

good

good

fair

very

good

good

fair

a. First language

Croatian

x

   

x

   

x

   

b. Official languages

English

x

   

x

   

x

   

French

 

x

     

x

   

x

c. Other languages

German

   

x

   

x

   

x

IX. In the event that you do not meet the level of language proficiency required for the post of judge in an official language, please confirm your intention to follow intensive language classes of the language concerned prior to, and if need be also at the beginning of, your term of duty if elected a judge on the Court

I hereby confirm my intention to follow intensive language classes of French prior and also at the beginning of my term of duty if elected a judge on the Court.

X. Other relevant information

None

XI. Please confirm that you will take up permanent residence in Strasbourg if elected a judge on the Court

I hereby confirm that I will take up permanent residence in Strasbourg if elected a judge on the Court.

Appendix 3 – Mr Marin MRČELA

CURRICULUM VITAENote

I. Personal details

Name, forename: Mrčela, Marin

Sex: Male

Date and place of birth: 25 February 1962, Zagreb, Croatia

Nationality: Croatian

II. Education and academic and other qualifications

  • 1985 – Degree in Law, Faculty of Law of the University of Zagreb
  • 1998 – Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Criminal Law, Faculty of Law of the University of Zagreb
  • 2012 – Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Criminal Law, Faculty of Law of the University of Zagreb
  • 2016 – Assistant Professor of Criminal Law, Faculty of Law of the Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek

III. Relevant professional activities

a. Description of judicial activities

  • 1988 – 2000: Criminal Trial Judge of the Zagreb Municipal Court (responsible for criminal cases concerning criminal offences punishable with up to 10 years of imprisonment)
  • 2000 – 2008: Criminal Trial Judge of the Zagreb County Court (responsible for criminal cases concerning criminal offences punishable of more than 10 years of imprisonment, including war crimes, corruption and organised crime cases)
  • 2008 – Present: Appellate and Cassation Justice of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Croatia (responsible for criminal cases concerning criminal offences punishable of more than 10 years of imprisonment, including war crimes, corruption and organised crime cases)
  • 2017 – Present: Vice-President of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Croatia
  • 2017 – Present: Head of the Department for studying case-law of the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Union

b. Description of non-judicial legal activities

  • 1994 – 2016: Teaching Associate at the Faculty of Law of the University of Zagreb
  • 2000 – 2001: Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program, American University, Washington D.C., United States
  • 2002 – 2003 and 2017 – 2018: Faculty Member of the Central and Eastern Law Initiative/American Bar Association in Prague, Czech Republic
  • 2004 – Present: Member of several working groups of the Ministry of Justice for drafting legislation
  • 2005 – 2006: Head of the Subsection for different aspects of crime combating within the Working Group for Chapter 24 “Justice, Freedom and Security”, Member of the Working Group for Chapter 23 “Judiciary and Fundamental Rights” (EU accession negotiation)
  • 2006 – Present: Council of Europe’s expert in the field of Criminal Law (corruption, organised crime, criminal procedure, etc.)
  • 2009 – Present: Teaching Associate at the School of Medicine of the University of Zagreb
  • 2010 – Present: Trainer at the Judicial Academy (trainer of the various workshops, as well as the co-author of training materials in the field of Judicial Ethics, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure Law, European Convention on Human Rights, EU Law, and Legal Terminology in Croatian language)
  • 2011 – 2015: Member of the State Judicial Council
  • 2016 – Present: Assistant Professor of Criminal Law at the Faculty of Law of the Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek

c. Description of non-legal professional activities

For the past 15 years, I have been actively involved in the Civic Education organised by the Education and Teacher Training Agency of the Republic of Croatia. As of 2018 I am the President of the State Commission for the Mock Trial Competition.

I am the co-author of the book “Legal Terminology and Croatian Language” and the co-author of the training manual “The Usage of the Croatian Standard Language in the Decisions of the Judicial Bodies” which I have been regularly teaching at the Judicial Academy since 2015.

IV. Activities and experience in the field of human rights

  • 2000: Member of the Croatian Delegation at the UN Human Rights Committee (National co-rapporteur)
  • 2008: Lecture “Human Rights and War Crimes”; MCSHCE, Williamsport High School, Washington County Public School, Williamsport, MD, United States (lecturer)
  • 2009: Lecture “Human Rights and War Crimes”, Maryland Center for the Study of History and Civic Education, Maryland Hall for Creative Arts, Annapolis, MD, United States (lecturer)
  • 2010: Classroom Law Project and International Law Section of the Oregon State Bar, Portland, OR, United States (lecturer)
  • 2010 – Present: Judicial Academy’s workshops “European Convention and EU Law in Criminal Proceedings” and “Selected Chapters of the European Convention on Human Rights”; (trainer and the co-author of the training materials)
  • 2016: Lecture “Witnesses in War Crime Cases; Protection and Questioning in Criminal Proceedings”; Human Rights Action, Podgorica, Montenegro (lecturer)
  • 2016 and 2017: Lecture “U.S. vs. Continental Law – a Criminal Law Perspective“, Sponsored by Classroom Law Project, and co-sponsored by Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP, the International Law Section of the Oregon State Bar, the Criminal Law Section of the Oregon State Bar, and the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Portland, OR, United States (lecturer)
  • 2017 – Present: Head of the Department for studying case-law of the European Court of Human Rights and Court of Justice of the European Union
  • 2017 and 2018: Lecture “Defendant’s Minimum Rights – ECtHR Case-Law“, Application of EU Instruments in Criminal Justice, Prague, Czech Republic (lecturer)
  • 2018: Lecture “Article 6 of the European Convention of Human Rights”, Faculty of Law of the Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek (lecturer)
  • 2018: Lecture “Impact of the ECtHR and ECJ Case-Law on the Croatian Courts’ Decisions in Criminal Cases”, Croatian Academy of Science and Arts, Round table: The European Future of Croatian Criminal Justice (lecturer)
  • 2019: Lecture “The Right to a Fair Trial“, Faculty of Law of the Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek (lecturer)

V. Public activities

a. Public office

b. Elected posts

  • 2005 – Present: Appointed by Croatian Government as Croatian Representative to the GRECO
  • 2006 – Elected by the GRECO Plenary as Member of the GRECO Bureau
  • 2006 – Elected by the GRECO Plenary as Vice president of the GRECO,
  • 2011 – Present: Elected by the GRECO Plenary as President of the GRECO

c. Posts held in a political party or movement

VI. Other activities

a. Field

Professional associations.

b. Duration

  • 1996 – 2004: Member of the Administrative Board of the Croatian Association for Criminal Sciences and Practice
  • 1999 – Present: Member of the Croatian Association for European Criminal Law
  • 2005 – Present: Vice president of the Association of Croatian Judges

c. Functions

VII. Publications and other works

Over 60 publications.

Books:

  • Criminal Procedure: Trial Managing (2000)
  • Bench book for Criminal Trial Judges of the Republic of Croatia (2001)
  • Witnesses in Criminal Proceedings – Examination of Witnesses as Evidence in Criminal Proceedings (2012)
  • Physician and Criminal Law (2019)

Articles:

  • Adversarial Principle in the Evidentiary Hearing as a New Fundamental Principle of Croatian Criminal Procedure, Modernization of Law, Book 22; Profiles of Croatian criminal legislation, CASA (2014)
  • Confrontational Standards, 2 Croatian Ann. Of Crim. L. and Prac. 371 (2016)
  • Adversarial Principle, the Equality of Arms and Confrontational Right – European Court of Human Rights Recent Jurisprudence, EU and Comparative Law Issues and Challenges (ECLIC 1, International Scientific Conference), Faculty of Law of the Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek (2017) HYPERLINK "https://www.pravos.unios.hr/download/procedural-aspects-of-eu-law.pdf"
  • Impact of the ECtHR and ECJ Case-Law on the Croatian Courts’ Decisions in Criminal Cases, Modernization of Law, Book 44; The European Future of Croatian Criminal Justice, CASA (2018)
  • Recent Council of Europe and European Union Courts’ Criminal Law Decisions, Supreme Court of the Republic of Croatia and Judicial Academy (2019)
  • The Request for Preliminary Ruling and Practice in the Republic of Croatia, EU and Comparative Law Issues and Challenges (ECLIC 3, International Scientific Conference), Faculty of Law of the Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek (2019)

VIII. Languages

Language

Reading

Writing

Speaking

 

very good

good

fair

very

good

good

fair

very

good

good

fair

a. First language:

Croatian

X

 

 

X

 

 

X

 

 

b. Official languages:

English

 

 

 

 

 X

 

 

French

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

c. Other languages:

German

 

 

 

 

 

 

 X

IX. In the event that you do not meet the level of language proficiency required for the post of judge in an official language, please confirm your intention to follow intensive language classes of the language concerned prior to, and if need be also at the beginning of, your term of duty if elected a judge on the Court

I hereby confirm that I will follow intensive French language classes if elected a judge on the Court.

X. Other relevant information

  • 2014: Recognition of the Foundation “Jadranko Crnić" for the book: "Witnesses in Criminal Proceedings - Examination of Witnesses as Evidence in Criminal Proceedings", as the work of particular importance for the improvement of the legal profession in the Republic of Croatia in 2013
  • 2015: Medal of the Republic of San Marino; Order of St. Agatha, Knight of the Great Cross

XI. Please confirm that you will take up permanent residence in Strasbourg if elected a judge on the Court

I hereby confirm that I will take up permanent residence in Strasbourg if elected a judge on the Court.

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