Zlatko M. Knežević
President of the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Born in Bosanski Novi in 1960, where he completed both primary and general-program secondary schools. He graduated from the Law Faculty in Belgrade, passing the bar exam in Sarajevo in 1987. After a brief employment with the „Sana“ Company, Bosanski Novi, he first worked as judicial intern and law clerk at the Basic Court in Bosanski Novi and then in the Municipal Administration Bosanski Novi holding various management positions. Starting from the end of 1991 he worked as an attorney-at-law in private practice and, as of 1996 in a joint attorney office in Novi Grad. He completed a number of professional trainings both in the country and abroad, primarily relating to the field of criminal law and took part in a large number of seminars in the field of judiciary management. He has lectured for many years in organizations such as “OKO” (Criminal Defense Section) of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the OSCE Mission to BiH and the UNDP relating to the professional development of attorneys in the field of criminal law with a special emphasis on the war crime cases and guaranties for the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms provided under the Constitution and European Convention. He was a member of the Commission for Amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code of the Republika Srpska and the Law on Free Legal Aid of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
He was a member of the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the President of the Executive Committee of the Bar Association of the Republika Srpska. He is the recipient of the highest recognition award of the Bar Association of the Republika Srpska
He is the author of a number of papers in the area of criminal law that were published in the professional publications in Bosnia and Herzegovina and region-wide, as well as in Germany, Russia and in other countries - the members of the Council of Europe. In his capacity as a member of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe since 2013, he has participated in the work of the sub-commissions for judiciary system, fundamental rights and minority rights. During the period from 2015-2017 he performed the duty of the Deputy President of the Sub-Commission for Minorities and Minority Rights and since 2017 he has worked as the Deputy President of the Sub-Commission for Constitutional Judiciary. He is a regular Reporter in the Venice Commission in the field of sub-commissions managed by him.
He is fluent in English and Russian.
On 1 July 2011 he was appointed the Judge of the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina. On 31 May 2018, he was elected the President of the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina.