Barbić Jakša, F.C.A.
Date of birth:
- 12 /12 /1936
Place of birth:
- Trg Nikole Šubića Zrinskog 11, 10000 Zagreb
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Barbić Jakša, F.C.A.
- Fellow of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts
- Professor Emeritus
- Doctor of Science
- professor emeritus – Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb (July 14, 2009 – ….)
Functions in Academy:
- chair – Statutes Committe (3/30/2011 – …)
- chair – Scientific Council for the government Administration, Judicature and the Rule of Law
- member of the Presidency – Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts (1/1/2019 – …)
- head – Adriatic Institute 1/29/2021 – …)
- vice-president – Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts (1/1/2011 – 12/31/2018)
- deputy secretary – Department of Social Sciences (1/1/2007 – 12/31/2010)
Membership in Academy:
- fellow – Department of Social Sciences (5/20/2004 – …)
- associate member – Department of Social Sciences (5/16/2002 – 5/20/2004)
Jakša Barbić was born on December 12, 1936 in Zagreb. Graduated from the Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, on January 30, 1960. From 1961 to 1963 he worked at the Kotar Court in Jastrebarsko, the District Court in Zagreb and the Higher Economic Court of Croatia in Zagreb as a court trainee. He passed the court exam in 1963 and was subsequently employed as a court clerk at the Municipal Court I in Zagreb at work at the Higher Court of Economy of Croatia. Passed the notarial exam. He worked at the Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, from 1 August 1963 until his retirement on 30 September 2007 as an assistant professor, assistant professor, associate professor, from 28 February 1981 as a full professor and full professor in permanent employment in the subjects Economic Law and International Trade Law now Commercial and Company Law. Doctorate in 1973 from that faculty with a doctoral dissertation entitled “Consulting Engineering Contract”. He teaches postgraduate studies in commercial and corporate law at the Faculty of Law in Zagreb and has also taught at other postgraduate studies at law schools in Zagreb, Split, Ljubljana, Maribor, Skopje, Novi Sad and Belgrade, and at the Faculty of Economics in Zagreb. He held increasingly important positions at the Faculty: in the academic years 1975/76 and 1976/77 he was vice-dean, from 1981 to 1984 president of the Council, first elected dean of the Faculty of Academic Years 1993/94 and 1994/95 and the second time for the academic years 1995/96 and 1996/97 for which he was a member of the Senate of the University of Zagreb. Led postgraduate studies in economic law, now commercial and corporate law at the Faculty from 1 January 1985 until his retirement in 2007. From 1981 he was head of the Department of Commercial, formerly economic, now commercial and corporate law. He was head of an institute at the Faculty. In the Croatian legal system and in legal teaching introduced company law as a special branch of law. He was elected as a member of the HAZU associate in 2002 and as a full member in 2004. From 2011 to 2018, he was vice-president of the HAZU and from 2019 he was a member of the HAZU Presidency.
As the initiator of the establishment, the President of the Scientific Council for State Administration, Justice and The Rule of Law initiated the holding of roundtables and the publication of books, establishing the publishing series Modernization of Law, which he is editor-in-chief, editing 49 of the books published so far. In 14 years, 55 roundtables have been held and 54 books have been published on the most current topics in the field of law or in connection with it, in which our leading scientists and practitioners have presented numerous analyses and proposals to improve the legal system. In particular, a unique mini-series of 10 books Legal Environmental Protection should be highlighted in which environmental legal issues (protection of forests, soil, water, sea, air, space, waste management, administrative, civil and criminal justice environmental protection) have been fully addressed for the first time.
He is a full member and member of the presidency of the Croatian Academy of Legal Sciences. He constantly cooperated with the Higher Court of Croatia in Zagreb as a part-time judge (later a lay judge) and with the High Commercial Court of the Republic of Croatia in Zagreb. He is an arbitrator and was a member, from 2004 to 2008 and vice president, of the Presidency of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce in Zagreb. So far, he has arbitrated numerous arbitration disputes in domestic and international commercial arbitrations at home and in leading arbiter centers abroad. He has arbitrated in Paris, The Hague, London, Zurich, Geneva, Stockholm, Vienna, Graz, Mauritius, Zagreb, Ljubljana, Belgrade, in arbitration of the United Nations Commission on International Commercial Law and in ad hoc arbitrations. He is on the list of arbitrators of the prestigious International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes in Washington and arbitrated in these arbitrations. In one term of office, he was a member of the Legal Council of the Croatian Parliament. Worked on the drafting of numerous laws, of which it is worth noting the leading role in drafting the Companies Act, the basic law for the regulation of economic operators and the most current law passed in the Republic of Croatia that was not taken from the legal system of the former state. From 1981 to 2016 he was president of the professional association of lawyers in the economy (from 1981 to 1985, president of the Association of Lawyers’ Societies in the Economy of Croatia, from 1985 to 1990 president of the Presidency of the Association of Lawyers in the Economy of Yugoslavia, from 1991 the President of the Croatian Association of Lawyers in Economy), a member of the presidency of the Croatian Society for Civil Sciences and Practice. Since its inception, i.e. Since 1993 he has been president of the Zagreb City Lawyers’ Club. He founded the Forum of the Club and initiated that the Faculty of Law of the University of Zagreb join the holding of the forums. Organized and ran the first 214 regular monthly stands of the Club, which continue. He initiated and edited the permanent Bulletin and the issuance of the Grandstand Yearbook, of which he edited the first 16 numbers. He is an honorary member of the Croatian Association of Judges. He was a longtime member of the editorial board of the journal “Economy and law” (now “Right in Economy”), a member of the editorial board of the Proceedings of the Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb. He was president of the publishing council of the journal “Croatian Legal Review” and a member of the publishing council of the journal “Law and Taxes”, president of the publishing council of the journal “Legality” and is now a member of the publishing council of the newspaper “New Informant”.
He was a member of the National Science Council, State Advisor at the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Croatia, member of the exam board for taking the first notarial exams. From 2007 to 2010, he was a member of the Advisory Council of the Judicial Academy. He is a member of the expert council of the Croatian Notarial Academy. He was a member of the Advisory Board of the former Export and Investment Promotion Agency. Since 2012 he has been a member of the executive board of the Croatian National Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce – ICC Croatia. He is a scientific adviser to the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Croatia. He has organized and/or participated with referrals to hundreds of scientific and professional consultations and seminars at home and abroad and has given numerous public lectures.He has been a member of the executive board of the Dr. Jadranko Crnić Foundation since its founding in 2010, a member of the board of trustees of the Foundation “Marija and Mirjan Damaška” since its founding and since 2019 a member of the board of directors of the Foundation of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts. In the last three decades, he has served as president, vice-president or member of supervisory boards and chair of the assemblies of numerous joint stock companies mainly within major international concerns.
He published including revised and supplemented editions of 39 books and monographs. He co-authored 19 books. He edited 64 books. Published 159 scientific articles in journals and proceedings and 49 professional papers. The most important work is “Company Law” published in three books with a circumference of 5,000 pages, the first and largest system of company law in us. In doing so, he rounded off his role in this field, from drafting the Companies Act to comprehensive legal processing of companies in our law, thus establishing a new branch of Croatian law and introducing it into teaching at law schools. For this work he received the 2003 HAZU Award for scientific contribution of lasting value for the Republic of Croatia and in 2006 he received the CASA Award for scientific contribution of lasting value for the Republic of Croatia. National Science Award.
He was awarded the Award for his contribution to the development and activities of the economic judiciary in 1979, the Recognition of the then Chamber of Commerce of Zagreb with a plaque, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Croatian Association of Managers “Croma” for 2005. In 2009, the Board of Directors of the Croatian Chamber of Notaries awarded him a plaque for outstanding contribution to the notarial service in the Republic of Croatia. In 2011, the Golden Kuna of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce was awarded to him for lifetime achievement for his outstanding contribution to the development of the economy of the Republic of Croatia. In 2013, the High Commercial Court of the Republic of Croatia gave him recognition for many years of successful cooperation. In 2017, the Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce gave him recognition in gratitude for his contribution to the work of the Court in his Presidency. In 2018, the Croatian Radio Forum, CEA – coordination of commercial radio stations and Media Servis Global awarded him the special award “Nikola Tesla” for his outstanding contribution to the success of the 1st Croatian Radio Forum held on the occasion of The World Day of Radio 2018. For his merit in science was awarded the Order of Danica Hrvatska with the image of Ruđer Bošković.