He was born in Belgrade on December 20, 1947. He finished elementary school in Titograd, and high school in Belgrade. He graduated from the Faculty of Law in Belgrade (1970), received the title of Master of Criminal Justice at the Faculty of Law in Zagreb (1973) and got a doctorate degree at the Faculty of Law in Ljubljana (1981). In 1976, he started his teaching career first as assistant in Criminal Law at the Law Faculty in Novi Sad where he became assistant professor (1981), then associate professor (1987), and since 1992 he was a full-time professor for Criminal law. He has been the Dean of the Faculty of Law at University of Donja Gorica since 2016 when he retired from the Faculty of Law in Belgrade.
In addition to his numerous short study visits abroad, he spent some time at the University of Oxford as a Humboldt scholar in 1978; eighteen months at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg – Germany in 1985/86. He gave lectures at several faculties, institutes and did specialist courses in the country and abroad.
He was Federal Minister of Justice 1993-1994 and the president of the Committee for the collection of data on crimes against humanity and international law.
He participated as a member or president in the work of numerous expert commissions for drafting legal projects. He was the President of the Commission for the drafting of the current Criminal Code of Serbia, as well as the Criminal Code of Montenegro. He actively participates in the preparation of legal projects in Montenegro and Serbia.
He is the editor-in-chief of two journals (Criminology and Criminal Law and Crimen journal).
He is the author or co-author of 12 books (nine in the country and three abroad: 5 monographs, 3 comments – more editions, 3 textbooks – more editions, 2 manuals) among which is the monograph Borders, possibilities and legitimacy of criminal protection, Belgrade, 1987, textbook Criminal Law – general part (24th edition), Belgrade 2017, as well as Commentary of the Serbian Criminal Code, 5th edition, Belgrade 2016. He has published over 210 articles, papers and press releases at scientific and expert conferences in the country and abroad, and has participated in numerous scientific research projects. According to Scindex, he is the most quoted author in the field of legal science.
He speaks fluent German and English, and is conversational in Italian and Russian.
prof. dr Zoran Stojanović (Podgorica);
prof. dr Olivera Vučić (Belgrade);
prof. dr Vilim Bouček (Zagreb);
prof. dr Slobodan Panov (Belgrade);
prof. dr Marko Petrak (Zagreb);
prof. dr Davorin Lapaš (Zagreb);
prof. dr Marija Karanikić Mirić (Belgrade).
Academician Dragan K. Vukčević, president;
Academician Đorđije Borozan;
Academician Viljem V. Smirnov;
Professor Emeritus Mihajlo Dika;
prof. dr Budimir P. Košutić;
prof. dr Miodrag Orlić.