Dr Danilo Türk has been the President of the Republic of Slovenia since November 2007.
After obtaining his doctorate from the Faculty of Law in Ljubljana in 1982, Dr Türk continued his academic career at the Faculty of Law where he in 1995 became the professor of international law. In the period between 1983 and 1992, Dr Türk headed the university's Institute of International Law and International Relations.
Since 1975, Dr Türk has been actively involved with Amnesty International and has acted as an adviser in many cases involving human rights violations in the former Yugoslavia. From 1984 to 1992, he was member of the United Nations Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities as an independent expert, and later as the Chairman of the Sub-Commission.
Furthermore, Dr Türk was a member of the Slovene delegation at the Conference on Yugoslavia, and on behalf of Slovenia he drafted memoranda for the Arbitration Commission of the Conference on Yugoslavia. In 1992, Dr Türk assumed the position of Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia to the United Nations and later held the post of the Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs until 2005.