President Ivo Josipović
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President Ivo Josipović
Ivo Josipović was elected President of the Republic of Croatia on 10 January 2010 with more than 60 percent of the vote. He is a social democrat. The chief elements of his Presidential platform are: active membership of Croatia in international organizations and associations; normalization of relations with the neighboring countries of South-East Europe; assertion of the universality of human rights and international courts for war crimes prosecution; further democratization of Croatia; justice as the foundation for the state's organization and functioning; modernization of institutions of the Croatian state; strengthening security of citizens; and development of the Croatian economy in the context of future EU membership.
Prior to his election as President, Josipović was a university professor, a member of the Croatian Parliament and a composer. 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.
As a legal expert Josipović took part in the UN PrepCom for the establishment of the International Criminal Court as well as at the Rome Diplomatic Conference. 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, the Croatian Law Centre, the Croatian Society for European Law, and the Croatian Association for Penal Science and Practice.
President Josipović is a lifelong advocate for justice and human rights. He is a committed proponent of gender equality. In 2010 he engaged as a spokesman for "Living Life without Violence," a nationwide advocacy campaign against domestic violence organized by the Croatian Ministry of Interior with support from the United Nations in Croatia.
Josipović graduated from the Faculty of Law in 1980. He obtained his master's degree in 1985 following his post-graduate studies in criminal procedure law and received his doctor's degree from Zagreb University in 1994. He also graduated in Composition from the Zagreb Music Academy. He speaks English and some German.