Svilanovic Goran

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Minister of Foreign Affairs, Former Republic of Yugoslavia

Mr. Goran Svilanovic is Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

He received a master's degree from the Belgrade Faculty of Law, where he was assistant lecturer from 1989 to 1998, but was fired, together with a group of other professors and lecturers, for opposing the new restrictive Law on the University.

He studied at the Institute for Human Rights in Strasbourg, France (1989), the Law School of the University of Saarbrucken, Germany (1991) and the European University of Peace in Austria (1994). He also won a scholarship at the Sasakawa Foundation (1990). He has published a number of articles and books in the sphere of civic law, particularly the legal position of refugees and the citizenship problem.

Mr. Svilanovic was an associate at the Yugoslav Forum for Human Rights (1989). He was in charge of the SOS telephone for the victims of national, ethnic, religious, political, and trade union discrimination in the Human Rights Department of the Centre for Anti-War Action (1996-1998). He is active in the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights, Centre for the Promotion of Law Studies, and other non-governmental organisations. He was the spokesman (1997) and vice-president (1998) of the Civic Alliance of Serbia (GSS). On August 1, 1999 the GSS assembly elected him party president.

Married with two children, Mr. Svilanovic speaks English and German.