Danilo Türk is a longtime United Nations diplomat and the former president of the Republic of Slovenia (2007 to 2012). He is a former vice dean of the University of Ljubljana Faculty of Law where he taught international relations and international law for many years and headed the Institute for International Law from 1983 to 1992.
Türk served on the Constitutional Commission of the Slovenian National Assembly and co-wrote the human rights chapter of the 1991 Slovenian constitution.
From 1984 to 1992, he was a member of the United Nations Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities as an independent expert. In 1992, he assumed the position of Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia to the United Nations. During Slovenia's term as non-permanent member of the Security Council, Türk was president of the Security Council in August 1998 and again in November 1999. He is also a former member of the U.N. Human Rights Committee.
In 2000, then-Secretary-General Kofi Annan appointed Türk as Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, a job that included analytical and consulting activity relating to the crisis situations of the time. Türk returned to Slovenia in the summer of 2005 and resumed teaching at Ljubljana. In his academic work, he has published more than 100 articles in various law journals and books. “Foundations in International Law,” published in 2007, has been translated into Hungarian, Czech, and Russian.
Dr. Türk is also the Founder and President of the programme council of the ‘Let Them Dream’ Foundation.