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Curriculum Vitae

Mirjan R. Damaška

Mailing Address:
Yale Law School
127 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 06511
(203) 432-4937 (office phone)
(203) 432-8260 (office fax)

Sterling Professor Emeritus of Law and Professorial Lecturer in Law, Yale University

Previous positions:

Sterling Professor of Law, Yale University, 1996-2008; Ford Foundation Professor of Foreign and Comparative Law, Yale University, 1982-1996; Professor of Law, Yale University, 1976-1982; Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania, 1972-1976; Professor of Law, University of Zagreb 1970-72; Acting Dean, University of Zagreb Law School 1970; Associate Professor, University of Zagreb 1966-1970; Assistant Professor, University of Zagreb 1961-1966

Visiting Professor: University of Pennsylvania Law School 1966-1968

Teaching stints:

Lecture Series, Zagreb 2001; Ljubljana 2000; Barcelona 1993; Aix-en-Provence, 1992; Lecture Series, American Law Center in Moscow, 1991; Lectures at the Frankfurt University Law School in 1987 and in 1997; Seminar at the Max Planck Institute for International and Foreign Criminal Law, Freiburg 1979; Series of lectures at the Salzburg Seminar in American Studies 1976; Series of lectures at the Addis Ababa Law School, l96l: Series of lectures at the Faculty for Comparative Law, Luxembourg 1965

International Congresses:

Keynote Speaker, Conference of the International Association of Procedural Law, Toronto 2009; Keynote Speaker, The First World Congress on Evidence, Haag, 1995; American National Reporter, (Topic: American Constitutionalism) at the World Congress of Comparative Law, Montreal 1990; General Reporter at the International Congress on Procedure, Wurzburg 1983; General Reporter at the International Congress on Traffic Offenses, Dubrovnik 1971

Professional Journals:

Editorial Board, Russian Law Journal; Board of Editors, American Journal of Comparative Law 1976-1991; Board of Editors, Zbornik Pravnog, Fakulteta, Zagreb; Board of Editors, Hrvatski Ljetopis za Kazneno Pravo, Zagreb; Editorial Board, Journal of International Criminal Law

Symposia about his work:

Bielefeld 1987; Siena 1988; San Francisco 1998; Zagreb 2006; New Haven 2008; International Conference in his honor, May 28–29, 2015, Cavtat (Croatia)


National Endowment for the Humanities 1978-1979; Bicentennial Fellow in Criminal Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School 1961

Professional activity:

President, Comparative Law Section, American Association of Law Schools 1982-1983

Teaching subjects:
Comparative Law
International Criminal Law
Criminal Law
Criminal Procedure
International Conflict of Laws
Comparative Criminal Law

Croatian Academy of Arts and Sciences (since 2002)
American Academy of Arts and Sciences (since 1994)
American Association for the Comparative Study of Law (Board of Directors since 1977)
International Academy of Comparative Law (since 1986)
International Association of Penal Law

Counseling activity on foreign law, international conflicts law, international criminal law, and international matters: Washington, New York and Philadelphia law firms

Lifetime Achievement Award, American Society of Comparative Law 2009; Rudjer Boškovic Medal, President of Croatia 2006

II. Public Service

Agent of the Republic of Croatia before the International Court of Justice in Croatia’s suit against Serbia for genocide (2010-present)

Amicus Curiae, International Criminal Court for Former Yugoslavia (2005)

Central and East European Legal Initiative, American Bar Association, Advisory Board 1990-1995

Founder and First President, New England Association of Alumni of Zagreb University 1989-1990

Commission on Law Reform, Parliament of Croatia, President 1969-1971

III. Personal
Born in a Croatian family, 8 October 193l; American citizen, married, no children


Croatian (native tongue), fluent German, French, and Slovenian, working Russian, Latin and Italian.

Listed in:

Who's Who in America; Who's Who in American Law; Croatian Biographical Lexicon; Croatian Encyclopedia

IV. Degrees

Honorary Doctorate, Zagreb University (Croatia) 2012
Dr. Jur. (honoris causa), University of Pavia, Italy 2005
M.A. 1976 (hon.), Yale University
M.A. 1972 (hon.), University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D. 1960 University of Ljubljana
Diploma in Comparative Law, Luxembourg 1956
Basic Law Degree, University of Zagreb 1955