Ivo Josipovic


Republic of Croatia

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Ivo Josipović (Zagreb, 1957) served as the President of Croatia from 2010 to 2015. As politician, he promoted reconciliation in the S.E. Europe, human rights and fight against corruption. Today, he is Professor Emeritus at University of Zagreb-Faculty of Law and member of many national and international organizations. Before presidential mandate, he has been a university professor (International Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure), member of Parliament and composer. He has published several books and many scientific papers dealing with international criminal law, criminal procedure and human rights. He has Ph.D. in Criminal sciences from University of Zagreb. At the Music Academy Josipovic taught harmony. He wrote some 70 compositions for orchestra and soloists, which have been performed by prominent artists and recorded on CDs. He was the director of one of the world’s biggest festivals of contemporary music, the Music Biennale Zagreb, and secretary-general of the Croatian Composers` Union. Josipovic received an honorary doctorate from Immanuel Kant University (Kaliningrad) and Istanbul University. He has received prestigious domestic and international awards for his work in the field of human rights, ecumenicalism, and art. Among many recognitions and decorations, he received the European Medal of Tolerance from the European Union, the Premio Galileo 2000 Award for art, and the Grand Prix of the European Broadcasting Union. Ivo Josipovic is a member of Nizami Ganjavi International Center, Club de Madrid, World Academy of Art and Science, and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.