Reconciliation and Criminal Responsibility for War Crimes
His Excellency Prof. Dr. Ivo Josipović, President, Republic of Croatia
Ivo Josipović, 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.
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 codrafted a number of Croatian legislative bills and 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. 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. 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 crime.
At the Zagreb Music Academy he taught Harmony. 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.