Ivo Josipović, President of the Republic of Croatia, will speak at Yale Divinity School in Marquand Chapel. His talk, "Religion in Post-Communist and Post-Conflict Society: The Croatian Experience" is co-sponsored by the Center for Faith & Culture and the Yale World Fellows Program.
President Josipović took his oath of office on February 18, 2010. Prior to his election, 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. At the Zagreb Music Academy he taught Harmony. He has published several books and a total of 85 scholarly and expert papers. He has composed some 50 musical pieces for different instruments, chamber ensembles and symphony orchestras. For his compositions he received prizes and awards at home and abroad, including a prize of the European Broadcasting Union and two Porin Croatian Record Awards. 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 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 co-drafted a number of Croatian legislative bills. He represented Croatia before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and the International Court of Justice.
President Josipović graduated from the Faculty of Law and obtained his Master's degree following his post-graduate studies in Criminal Procedure Law, and his doctorate with the thesis "Law on Arrest and Pre-trial Detention in Criminal Procedure Law" at the Zagreb University. He also graduated in Composition from the Zagreb Music Academy.