ICJ mourns the passing of Vojin Dimitrijevic

The ICJ today expressed its heartfelt condolences at the passing away of Professor Vojin Dimitrijevic.

An international law expert and ICJ Commissioner, Vojin Dimitrijevic died at the age of 81 on 5th October 2012 in Belgrade.

He was the Director of the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights, serving in this position since the organisation’s foundation in 1995. Until 1998, he was also Professor of Public International Law and International Relations at the University of Belgrade Law School.

Professor Dimitrijevic was a member of the Presidency of the Civic Alliance of Serbia and former President of the Yugoslav Association for International Law. He was also a member of the Venice Commission for Democracy through Law and of the Institut de Droit International.

From 1982-1994, he was a member of the Human Rights Committee, serving as Rapporteur and Vice-Chairman at different stages during this time. He taught at many universities throughout the world and published numerous books and articles on human rights issues.

In 2001, he was bestowed the order of the Legion d’Honneur by the President of France, Jacques Chirac.

Vojin Dimitrijevic graduated with a PhD from the Faculty of Law of the University of Belgrade. He was first elected as an ICJ Commissioner in 2003 and re-elected in 2008. He was also a member of the ICJ’s Executive Committee, serving in this role between 2006 and 2012.