Damaška Mirjan

Corresponding members I. Department of Social Sciences
Damaška Mirjan

Date of birth:

  • 1931

Place of birth:

  • Brežice


Damaška Mirjan

Corresponding members I. Department of Social Sciences

Academic titles:

  • Doctor of Science
  • professor emeritus

Membership in the Academy:

  • corresponding member – Department of Social Sciences (5/16/2002. – …)

Curriculum Vitae

Mirjan Damaška, a Croatian lawyer, was born in Brežice, Slovenia, on October 8, 1931. He received his Doctorate from the Faculty of Law in Ljubljana in 1958. He taught Criminal procedural law at the Faculty of Law in Zagreb (1956–72); from 1972 to 1976 he was a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and from 1976 at Yale Law School; Professor Emeritus.
He is a member of the International Academy of Comparative Law (Paris) and the American Academy of Sciences and Arts (Boston); honorary Doctor of the University of Zagreb (2012).
He has published numerous papers in foreign journals, mainly in the fields of criminal law and procedure, civil procedure, legal history, comparative law and legal theory.

Particular attention has been drawn in scientific circles by his reviews on the models of judicial proceedings.

Main works: Defendant’s testimony as evidence in the modern criminal process (1962), Dictionary of Criminal Law and Procedure (co-author, 1966), Faces of Justice and State Authority: A Comparative Approach to the Legal Process, 1986; Croatian translation 2008), Comparative Law (co-author, 1988), Evidence Law Adrift, 1997. He published his autobiography Domovina (2019).

Since 2002, he has been a correspondent member of the Croatian Academy of  Sciences and Arts.