Deputy Ombudsman

LIDIJA LUKINA KEZIĆ

Born on 27th June 1956 in Zagreb, graduated from Grammar school and in 1980 graduated from the Faculty of Law in Zagreb. She passed the Bar Exam in 1982 after finishing the internship at the Municipal and County Court in Zagreb.

She was elected Deputy Ombudsman by the Croatian Parliament and took office on July 15th 2013.

Prior to becoming the Deputy Ombudsman she worked at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, Department for International Law and also worked in diplomacy. Before working at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs she worked at the Ministry of Justice where she was working on human rights protection as the assistant to the Minister from 1996 as well as the representative of the Croatian government before the European Court for Human Rights in Strasbourg (1999-2004.).

She was a member of numerous expert working groups on human rights established both on the level of the Croatian government and the Council of Europe and participated in numerous seminars, conferences and debates regarding human rights.

She has published expert papers on human rights protection before the Court in Strasbourg as well as on the execution of the Court’s decisions and papers on international criminal law.

 

TENA ŠIMONOVIĆ EINWALTER

Born on December 2nd 1980 in Zagreb where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2003, from the Faculty of Law at the University of Zagreb. In 2005 she was awarded the Diploma of the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg. She obtained her degree of Magister Juris in European and Comparative Law at the Faculty of Law at the University of Oxford in 2007. In 2013 she obtained the Master of Science degree in International relations, at the Faculty of Political Sciences at the University of Zagreb. She passed the Bar Exam in 2009.

She was elected Deputy Ombudsman by the Croatian Parliament and took office on July 15th 2013.

Prior to being elected Deputy Ombudsman she was working for five years as the Adviser for Legal Affairs to the Ombudsman and the Coordinator for the Area of Non-discrimination, at the Office of the Ombudsman. Before that she worked at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs.

She is a Member of the Executive Board of the European Network of Equality Bodies (EQUINET), elected for the mandate 2011-2013. She has so far participated in working groups for drafting legislation, coordinated implementation of EU funded projects and contributed to numerous national and international seminars, conferences, and debates, where she delivered more than 30 lectures and speeches.

As an author and co-author she published 12 expert and scientific papers related to human rights and rights of national minorities, as well as to anti-discrimination, focused on legislation, case law and redress mechanisms at the national level and at the level of the Council of Europe and the European Union.