Nevena Vuckovic-Sahovic
TitleMs.
Nationality Serbia
Committee Committee on the Rights of the Child
Date First Elected 02/13/2003
Date Term Expires 02/28/2009
Position on Committee Rapporteur
Professional Background 1997-present
- With the Child Rights Centre - Belgrade (originally Yugoslav Child Rights Centre), the first and the only organization in Yugoslavia devoted exclusively to the promotion and implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, as a founder and head of the organization. The scope of work includes managing, planning, evaluating and actually participating in all activities of the Centre. It also includes research, writing and teaching (seminars, universities, schools)

1993-1997
- Independent human rights lawyer (member of the Belgrade Bar Association)
1992-1993
- Senior counsellor in the Federal Ministry for Human and Minority Rights in charge of communication with international human rights governmental and non-governmental organizations and bodies

1985-1992
- Senior adviser to the Serbian Government Secretariat for International Relations

1979-1985
- Began professional career in 1979 in the Belgrade Municipal Administration, where she stayed until 1985 as a legal adviser on social and educational programmes

Other main activities in the field relevant to the mandate of the treaty body concerned:
- Coordinated and prepared the alternative report on the rights of the child in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, in 1993
- With the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights, organized seminars and lectures on the Convention, its procedures and the rights of the child
- With the Child Rights Centre, participated in numerous programmes regarding promotion, protection and relevant legislation
- Lobbied for the ratification of the optional Protocols to the Convention; in charge of developing indicators and creating child policy in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and South-East Europe
- Prepared independent overall report on the exercise of the rights of the child in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (1996-2002)
- Prepared independent overall report on the exercise of the rights of the child in Serbia and Montenegro (2003)
- Coordinated establishment of SEECRAN (South-East European Child Rights Action Network), which enabled links and activities among more than 80 child-related organizations in the region
- Lectured at numerous seminars in the country and internationally, as well as at university graduate and postgraduate courses
- Participated in numerous national and international seminars, meetings, round tables and conferences relating to the Convention and child rights in general
- Participated in numerous training courses and seminars in the field of human rights, international law and NGO development (The Hague Academy of International Law, Salzburg Seminar)

List of most recent publications:
- Children in the Face of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity (Dinah Shelton, ed.) Encyclopaedia of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity, MacMillan, 2004
- “Tasks and Methods of Work of the Committee on the Rights of the Child”, Yearbook of the International Law Association of Serbia and Montenegro, 2004
- The Rights of the Child and International Law, The Yugoslav Child Rights Centre, 2000
- Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, a manual for implementation, The Yugoslav Child Rights Centre and UNICEF, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002; (also translated into Hungarian and Albanian)
- The Situation of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights of the Child in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Belgrade Centre for Human Rights, 1999
- Selected International Instruments on the Rights of the Child, The Yugoslav Child Rights Centre, 1999
- “Juvenile Justice in International Law, with Special Reference to Juvenile Delinquents”, The Yugoslav Review of International Law, 1997
- Rights of the Child - Global and Yugoslav Prospective, Belgrade Centre for Human Rights, 1997
Educational Background- Graduated from Belgrade University Law School
- Bar examination 1983
- LLM in international law, Belgrade University Law School (“Activities of the International Labour Organization in protection of social rights”)
- Ph.D. in Law, Belgrade University Law School (“The Rights of the Child and International Law”)
Current occupation - President of the Child Rights Centre - Belgrade. The overall goal of the Centre is the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Activities are focused on introducing such laws, policies and practices that enable the improvement of children’s well-being, the protection of their rights and their full participation in society. Specifically, the Centre works on: raising awareness on the importance of child rights and relevant international law and practice; scientific and professional research in the domain of child rights; education of professionals, parents and children; carrying out programmes in specific areas of child rights and encouraging improvements of child rights. Through its Information, Research and Education and Child Rights Policy Development sectors, the Centre has organized over 100 seminars, training and round tables in Yugoslavia and Europe; published several dozen books, magazines, manuals and reports, advocated for ratification of several child-related international treaties, provided reports on the situation of children in the FRY, initiated substantial reforms and policies in the area of juvenile justice and social protection of children, and carried out many other activities
- Adviser to the Ministry of Education of Serbia on democratization of education and civic education
- Founding member and member of the Governing Board of the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights
- Member of the International Law Association of Serbia and Montenegro
- Member of the Executive Board of the International Service for Human Rights, Geneva
- Member of the Council for Human Rights of the Centre for Anti-War Action in Belgrade
LanguageEnglish, French, Serbian. Speaks and understands other south-Slavic languages
Working LanguageEnglish, French