The Governing Board is the executive body of the Centre. It is responsible for the implementation of the Objectives of the Centre, as established by the Statutes and the decisions of the Assembly. The Governing Board has 7 members who are elected and recalled by the Assembly. The term of the members of the Governing Board is 4 years. They can be re-elected to the same position.
Members of the Governing Board are:
Sonja Tošković, Executive Director, has LLM Diploma from Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade, and is holding a position of Executive Director of Belgrade Centre for Human Rights from 1st January 2018. She has 9 years of experience in monitoring human rights violations and advocating for improvement of human rights protection system in Serbia. She is a member of the board of European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) for the Southeast Europe, and author and editor of many publications and reports in the field of human rights. She is the coordinator of the project focused on providing free legal aid to asylum seekers in the Republic of Serbia, which BCHR implements in cooperation with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Belgrade. She is coordinating The Platform of Organizations for Cooperation with United Nations Human Rights Mechanisms, and is a member and founder of Balkan Refugee Council – organization that monitors human rights of refugees in Balkans. She has successfully managed numerous projects in cooperation with other local and international civil society organizations and diplomatic missions in our country.
Dr Vesna Petrović, Program director, Vesna Petrović received her Bachelors degree in 1978 and her Masters degree in 1988 from the University of Belgrade’s Faculty of Law. She passed the Bar Exam in 1982. Doctoral degree she recived from the Law Faculty at Union University. Executive director of the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights and associate professor of International public law on the Law Faculty at Union University. She also became engaged early on in human rights protection with the Yugoslav Forum for Human Rights, the first organization of its kind in Yugoslavia established 1986. From 1990. she was active with the Centre for Anti-War action, where spent several years leading a helpline for human rights victims. From 2001 to 2004, she held the position of Chief Cabinet Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia and Montenegro. As one of the founders of the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights, she has represented the Centre in numerous international gatherings, and has edited several books on human rights.
Dr. Nevena Vučković Šahović, Associate Professor at the Union University Law School and member of the UN Committee for the Rights of the Child (2003 – 2009). Graduated at the Belgrade University Law School in 1978, where she subsequently earned her Master’s and PhD Degrees. Passed the Bar Exam in 1983. Founder and member of the Management Board of the Belgrade-based Centre for the Rights of the Child, Deputy Chairperson of the Management Board of the Geneva-based International Human Rights Service, and member of several other international organisations. Author of numerous texts published in national and foreign law journals and author and co-author of around ten books.
Miloš Stojković, lawyer, graduated from the Law School Belgrade University in 2007. Passed bar exam and admitted to the Belgrade Bar Chamber in 2015. Expert in the field of media, telecommunications, personal data protection, copy rights and advertising. From 2008-2012, stint with the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Society, where he was a Legal advisor and a Head of regulatory department in the Sector for electronic communications. Participated in a number of working groups drafting laws and regulations in the field of media, telecommunications and advertising. External consultant of SHARE foundation. Member of the legal team of the Association of Independent Electronic Media (ANEM).
Dr. Tatjana Papić, Assistant professor in Public International Law and International Human Rights Law at the Union University Law School in Belgrade. She received her law degree from the University of Belgrade Law School (1998), LL.M. from the University of Connecticut Law School, USA (2000) and PhD from the Union University Law School in Belgrade (2011). Collaborator of the BCHR since 1998. While working in the BCHR she was the editor of annual human rights reports. She is an author and editor of publications in the field of public international law, international human rights law and international institutional law.
Jelena Radojković works at the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights since 1995 and is one of its founding members. Studied history at the Belgrade University Faculty of Philosophy. She was awarded scholarship of the Fund for the Development of Young Scientists and Artists of the Republic of Serbia, for 1988-1990 school years. Co-authored books in the field of human rights and armed forces, world religions and European Union for the secondary school students. Likes travelling and hiking – gained status of the national rank sportsperson for climbing Chamser Kangri (Himalayas, 6622m) and Damavand (Alborz, 5671m).
Dr Vesna Pešić, sociologist. She was a senior science associate at the Institute of Philosophy and Social Theory. She is the founder of numerous peace and human rights organizations, including, in 1991, the Centre for Antiwar Action – the first antiwar organization in Serbia. She has resided at the United States Institute of Peace, founded by the US Congress in recognition of contribution to the development of democracy and civil society. Her many honors include the Award for Democracy of the U.S. National Foundation for Democracy (1993), the W. Averell Harriman Award of the U.S. National Institute for Democracy (1997) from Washington D.C., the Andrei Sakharov Award from the Norwegian Helsinki Committee and the Sakharov Foundation for Freedom (1997) and the City of Esslingen Human Rights Prize for political courage and sincerity (2001). She is praised as ‘”contributor in developing democracy and civil society”‘ from Institute of Peace, founded by United States Congress. In 1997, she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. She was the President of the Civic Alliance of Serbia from 1992 to 1998, one of the leaders of the democratic coalition ‘Together’ and a member of parliament from 1993 to 1997. She has published many scientific works and has taken part in numerous scientific events in the fields of sociology, democracy and human rights in Serbia and abroad.
Dr Dubravka Stojanović, historian, holds an MA and PhD from the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade, where she is a professor at the Department of History, Chair for General Modern History. She deals with the issue of democracy in Serbia and the Balkans in the late 19th and early 20th century, interpretations of history in modern Serbian schoolbooks (Vice-president of the Balkan History Education Committee), social history, processes of modernization, the history of women in Serbia. She is one of the editors of the ‘Yearbook of Social History’. She was a courses coordinator of Gender and Peace Studies, as well as in the Alternative Academic Educational Network. She received the City of Belgrade Award for Social Sciences and the Humanities in 2003 for the book ‘Serbia and Democracy: 1903-1914’, and received the French National Order of Merit (Ordre national du Mérite) in 2015.