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Minister of Foreign Affairs

Miro Cerar

Born 25 August 1963

Doctor of Law

 

After completing his university studies, Dr Cerar was employed at the Faculty of Law in Ljubljana, where he lectured on the theory and philosophy of law, comparative law and the ethics of legal professions. In 1990 and 1991 he was the youngest of the legal experts charged with drawing up the Slovenian Constitution and other constitutional independence documents. He acted as a legal adviser to the National Assembly and other institutions for over two decades. As a Fulbright Scholar, Dr Cerar taught comparative constitutional law at Golden Gate University Law School in San Francisco in 2008, following this up with studies at the University of California School of Law, Berkeley. From December 2010 to June 2012 he was chairman of the Judicial Council, having previously served for 18 months as its deputy chairman. He was selected as one of the ten most influential lawyers in Slovenia on 13 occasions between 2000 and 2014, and as Slovenia’s top legal expert every year between 2011 and 2014. Prior to founding the Modern Centre Party (SMC), which won the 2014 parliamentary elections, Dr Cerar was not a member of any political party. On 25 August 2014 he became prime minister of Slovenia.

 

Dr Cerar is the author and co-author of numerous academic books and articles published at home and abroad. He forged a reputation for himself as a critical public thinker by emphasising the importance of neglected social values, a culture of tolerance and dialogue, and the need to raise the level of political and legal culture. His books Pravnikov mozaik (Lawyer’s Mosaic, 2007), Pamet v krizi (Smart in a Crisis, 2010) and Slovenci na popravnem izpitu (Slovenians Resitting their Exams, 2013) are collections of essays for the general reader that address ethics, politics, law, education, spirituality, and other current social and humanities topics. In 2010 he received a special award for his book Kako sem otrokom razložil demokracijo (How I Explained Democracy to My Children).

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