Jovan Đorđević

Year of obtaining the highest degree

Jovan Đorđević (1908–1989), graduated from the Faculty of Law in Belgrade (1931), received his PhD from the Faculty of Law in Paris (1933), elected an associate professor (1940) of the Faculty of Law in Belgrade. During the school year of 1938/39, he resided in the USA, as the Rockefeller Foundation scholarship recipient. He spent the occupation in hiding, and after WWII he became the first Dean of the Faculty of Law in Belgrade, as well as Full Professor.

He was a judge of the Constitutional Court of Yugoslavia, President of the Constitutional Court of Serbia and adjunct professor of the University of Paris (Sorbonne 1). He was the member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, corresponding until 1959, and full member from 1961 onwards. He received numerous accolades, including the October Award of Belgrade (1961) and the AVNOJ Award (Award of the Anti-Fascist Council for the National Liberation of Yugoslavia, 1968).

Just before the war, Đorđević had been expressing a keen interest in sociology, and he would probably have continued his career as a sociologist, had it not been for WWII and the post-war anti-sociology atmosphere. After the Second World War, the new establishment engaged Đorđević to help in building the legal system, so he left sociology altogether and fully applied himself to public law.

(Source: Serbian Sociological Society)

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