Croatia's candidate to the United Nations Human Rights Committee 2025-2028
Professor Šimonović has extensive experience in the field of human rights as an academic and practitioner. He lectured on human rights and atrocity crimes prevention at the University of Zagreb, Penn University, Queensland University, the University of Leeds and the Inter University Centre in Dubrovnik and published extensively on the topic.
He served as the first UN Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights, Special Advisor of the UN Secretary General on the Responsibility to Protect, the Minister of Justice, as well as Deputy Foreign Minister of the Republic of Croatia. He represented Croatia in the European Human Rights expert bodies, as well as an agent in its only case before the International Court of Justice. He was appointed Permanent Representative of the Republic of Croatia to the United Nations twice, serving as President of ECOSOC during his first mandate, and Chair (2023) as well as the Vice-Chair (2024) of the UN Peacebuilding Commission during his current mandate.
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