Nikola Selaković (Serbian Cyrillic: Никола Селаковић, pronounced [nǐkola sêlaːkoʋitɕ], born April 30, 1983) is a Serbian lawyer and politician who is currently serving as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia since 28 October 2020. He served as the Presidency Secretary of the President of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić from 2017 to 2020 and as the Minister of Justice in the Government of Serbia from 2012 to 2016.
|Minister of Foreign Affairs|
|Assumed office |
28 October 2020
|Prime Minister||Ana Brnabić|
|Preceded by||Ana Brnabić (acting)|
|Minister of Justice|
27 April 2014 – 11 August 2016
|Prime Minister||Aleksandar Vučić|
|Preceded by||Nikola Selaković|
|Succeeded by||Nela Kuburović|
|Minister of Justice and Public Administration|
27 July 2012 – 27 April 2014
|Prime Minister||Ivica Dačić|
|Preceded by||Snežana Malović|
|Succeeded by||Nikola Selaković|
|Born||30 April 1983|
Titovo Užice, SR Serbia, Yugoslavia
|Political party||SRS (2001–2008) |
|Alma mater||University of Belgrade Faculty of Law|
Early life and education
He was born in 1983 in Titovo Užice. Graduated from Belgrade's Sixth Gymnasium and the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law, where he is currently a research assistant in comparative legal tradition.
While he was an assistant at the Faculty of Law, Selaković took a bottle of water from a Croatian manufacturer from the student at the lecture and threw it in the garbage can, saying that he was doing it because it was not domestic water. Selaković said that he only wanted to point out to the students the necessity of buying domestic products.
During his studies, he won the oratory competition at the Faculty of Law three times. He was a member of the team at the international competition in the field of international public law "Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition", and in 2007 he received the first prize of the Alan Watson Foundation for the project "Dušan's Code and Legal Transcripts".
Selaković is the founder, and in the period from 2011 to 2012, he was also the president of the Serbian Cultural Circle "Despot Stefan Lazarević". Since 2010, he has been the president of the "Oratoria" Institute - Center for Rhetoric. He has been a member since 2003, and since 2005 he has been the secretary of the Club of Lovers of Ancient and Roman Law at the Faculty of Law "Forum Romanum".
According to some sources, Selaković joined the Serbian Radical Party in 2001 out of revolt against the ruling DOS coalition after his father, a member of the Socialist Party of Serbia was fired from his job, because he was a member of that party.
He has been a member of the Serbian Progressive Party since 2008, a member of the party's Executive Board and president of the party's Legal Council.
He served as Minister of Justice and State Administration in the Government of Serbia and the cabinet of Ivica Dačić in the period from 2012 to 2014, and then as Minister of Justice in the period from 2014 to 2016 in the first cabinet of Aleksandar Vučić.
While he was the Minister of Justice, together with the then Minister of Defense Bratislav Gašić, Selaković organized the transfer of Vladimir Lazarević, a convicted war criminal by plane from The Hague and the ceremonial reception of the retired general who was released after serving two thirds of his sentence. He was Serbia's first Minister of Justice who visited Serbian detainees awaiting final ICTY verdicts. Selaković visited Ratko Mladić, Radovan Kadadžić, Dragoljub Ojdanić, Zdravko Tolimir, Vinko Pandurević, Vlastimir Đorđević, Nikola Šainović, Sreten Lukić, Nebojša Pavković, Vladimir Lazarević and Momčilo Perišić.
By the decision of President of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić of 31 May 2017, he was appointed to the position of Secretary General of the President of the Republic, which he held until 27 October 2020.
- "Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikola Selakovic". www.mfa.gov.rs. Retrieved 2020-10-31.
- srbija.gov.rs. "Nikola Selakovic". www.srbija.gov.rs. Retrieved 2020-11-04.
- Naprednjaci izabrali kandidate za ministre RTS 22 July 2012. Retrieved 26 July 2012. (in Serbian)
- Spisak nastavnika i saradnika Faculty of Law, assistants profile (in Serbian)
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- "Nikola Selaković". Istinomer (in Serbian). Retrieved 2020-06-26.
- "Kad četnici slave Dan pobjede nad fašizmom". Al Jazeera Balkans (in Bosnian). 2020-05-10. Retrieved 2020-10-31.
- "OVO JE NOVI ŠEF DIPLOMATIJE SRBIJE: Nakon višesatnog sastanka s ratnim zločincem Ratkom Mladićem, na svom Twitter nalogu je napisao..." slobodna-bosna.ba. Retrieved 2020-11-13.
- "MINISTAR SELAKOVIĆ UPOZORIO: Srbi i dalje diskriminisani u Hrvatskoj". Pink.rs | Najbrži portal u Srbiji (in Serbian). Retrieved 2020-11-14.
- Ministry of Justice web site Official biography of Minister.