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Jasminka DŽUMHUR

Jasminka DŽUMHUR

Jasminka DŽUMHUR is a Human Rights Ombudsperson of Bosnia and Herzegovina, a holder of PhD degree in law/ Doctor of Juridical Science, a legal expert who has passed the bar exam and has more than 30 years of experience in the field of judiciary, human rights and international relations. Since 1 January 2016 she is a member of the UN Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families, and since March she holds the post of a Vice-chairperson of this Committee. Over the period 2010 to 2015 she carried out the duties of a member of the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances as the first woman ever to assume this duty in this body established in 1980. In the period 2014 to 2015 she discharged the function of a Vice-Chairperson of the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances. In the course of her mandate she participated in the missions to East Timor, Chile, Spain and Balkans countries. In order to ensure practical implementation of the UN Declaration on the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearances she took part in preparation of the General Comment on women affected by enforced disappearances.

Prior to her first appointment as Ombudsperson of Bosnia and Herzegovina back in 2008, she worked as a judge and later a president of the Municipal Misdemeanor Court of Zenica for 12 years. For more than six years she worked in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in BiH including since March 2006 until the closure of the UN OHCHR in BiH in June 2007 as an Officer in Charge. In the period 2007 - 2008 she discharged the duties of the Regional Program of Justice and Civil Society Coordinator at Western Balkans within the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP).

Variety of her past duties, particularly her work on certain legal issues that came up in practice incited her interest in scientific work, especially in the field of international and criminal law with focus on the victim situation. In the course of her work in the UN OHCHR, Jasminka Džumhur has monitored implementation of international human rights standards in BiH, and offered her expertise to the competent authorities and bodies, NGOs and other stakeholders on the implementation of UN human rights standards and recommendations of the UN bodies in the field of transitional justice, prevention of trafficking in human beings, especially refugees, civil victims of war and elimination of all forms of discrimination.

Jasminka Džumhur is a trainer of police officers, judges, prosecutors, social workers, representatives of NGOs, representatives of the international forces in BiH on topics involving human rights, such as prevention of trafficking in human beings, domestic violence, movement and stay of aliens, free access to information etc. She participated in drafting of a series in laws and by-laws the most important being: the Law on Movement and Stay of Aliens and Asylum, the Law on Gender Equality, the Law on Protection of Domestic Violence, the Rulebook on Protection of Victims of Trafficking – Aliens in BiH. Along with a group of lawyers she was engaged in preparation of a Commentary to the Law on Missing Persons in BiH, Handbook for Inspectors, Judges, Prosecutors - Gender Aspect of Labor Law and Handbook on Human Rights for Social Workers.

The role of Jasminka Džumhur in development of civil society in BiH is also important whereby she was among the founders of the NGO “Medica” Zenica and “Center for Legal Aid to Women Zenica”, as she was a member of the Management Board of the Bosnian Women Initiative. Following the decision of the Council of Ministers of BiH, in 2007 she was appointed as a member of the Management Board of the Missing Persons Institute where she also carried out the duty of the first female Chair of the Management Board.

She is fluent in English and Russian, and is well trained in information technologies being able to use MS Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook Express, Lotus Notes, Internet Explorer, SPSS, AMOS.

Jasminka Džumhur is married with two children.

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Nives JUKIĆ

Nives JUKIĆ

Nives JUKIĆ has a degree in law obtained from the Faculty of Law at the University of Sarajevo. After that she successfully passed bar exam. She has completed Grammar School. She is married, with a child.
In period from 07.08.1997 to 31.12.2001 she served was Assistant Ombudsman of the Federation of BiH appointed by the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In this capacity she was involved in investigations related to the alleged human rights violations and civil freedoms as enshrined in the Constitution of Bosnia and Herzegovina and international treaties and was engaged in deciding on human rights violations and drafting of recommendations. In addition to that she was involved in following the proceedings before the courts, initiating and participation in preparation of reports and other duties characteristic for the functioning of the Ombudsman of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Ms Jukić has also discharging the duty of Deputy Ombudsman in the period from 01.01.2002 – 28.02.2009.
Prior to her appointment for the Ombudsman of Bosnia and Herzegovina, she was holding position of the Head of Department for the Rights of persons with disabilities – Ombudsman Associate and in this capacity she managing and coordinating the operation of this Department resolving individual and group complaints of citizens related to violations of the rights of persons with disability, following of systematic measures in legislative field related to this group and preparation of contributions to special and general reports.

She is fluent in German and has fair knowledge of English. Ms Nives Jukić was appointed on 17 November 2015 to serve as Ombudsperson of Bosnia and Herzegovina for a 6-year period and this is her second term as Ombudsperson.

Ljubinko MITROVIĆ

Ljubinko MITROVIĆ

Professor Dr Ljubinko Mitrović was born on 23 August 1958 in Olovo, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He graduated from the Faculty of Law in Banja Luka on 17 June 1981.

His professional career includes the engagement in education, business sector and public administration. Prior to his appointment as Ombudsman, he was holding a position of Vice-Dean for Academic Affairs, and since May 2014 of Dean of the Faculty of Legal Sciences with the Pan-European University APEIRON in Banja Luka.

He is married and a father of three daughters.

In December 1998 he finished his master studies at the Faculty of Law in Banja Luka, and his doctoral studies and obtained a PhD degree for the first time at the Faculty of Law of the UNION University in Belgrade, and then for the second time, in June 2012 at the Faculty of Law of the University in Niš. Since 2016 he is a tenured Full Professor. He is a member and an examiner within the Bar Examination Panel in the Republic of Srpska since 2005, and a member of the Professional Examination Panel for work in the administrative bodies of the Republic of Srpska and also a member of the Editorial Council of the “Criminology and Criminal Law Review” issued in Belgrade, and a member of Editorial Board and Advisory Board and the Editor of a professional-scientific review in the field of law entitled – Annals of the Faculty of Legal Sciences with the Pan-European University APEIRON Banja Luka. He participated and managed around ten projects out of which the one in the field of juvenile delinquency is particularly important. He is a member of the Association of Lawyers of the Republic of Srpska, and a member of the Presidency of the Serbian Association for Criminal Law Theory from Belgrade. He is among the experts enlisted by the Agency for Development of Higher Education and Quality Assurance in BiH, and experts in charge of accreditation of the institutions and study programs (in scientific field of legal and economic sciences) of the Ministry of Education and Sports of Montenegro. He participated in work of several commissions for drafting of legislation (the most prominent being the Law on the Protection and Treatment of Children and Juveniles in Criminal Proceedings and the Law on Confiscation of Illicitly Acquired Property). He published more than 170 scientific and expert papers and presented his work and published in Belgrade, Skopje, Ohrid, Sarajevo, Niš, Zenica, Bihać, Istočno Sarajevo, Prešova (Slovakia), Novi Sad, Vrnjačka Banja, Kemerov (Russia), Bijeljina, Tara etc. Also, he has published 23 books independently of as a co-author. He presented his contributions at more than 100 international and domestic scientific meetings and seminars.

Mr Mitrović was appointed on 17 November 2015 to serve as Ombudsperson of Bosnia and Herzegovina for a 6-year period.

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