It is with great sadness that we share the news that prof. dr. Zdravko Grebo, CIS founder passed away on 29 January 2019.
Professor Grebo was born on 30 July 1947 in Mostar. He worked at the Faculty of Law in Sarajevo, where he had been teaching for over 40 years. He graduated from the Faculty of Law in Sarajevo in 1970 and got his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Belgrade. Professor Grebo was the founder of the city radio ZID, a member of the Executive Board of Bosnian Peace Corps, the director of the Legal Centre FOD B&H, the founder of the Open Society Fund B&H and the founder of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of the University of Sarajevo. During his impressive career, Professor Grebo received an award from the European Rectors Club “For peace and against racism and xenophobia”, as well as the Roosevelt medal and the French Legion of Honour.
He ceaselessly lived his idea and vision of Bosnia and Herzegovina and its civil society, through various programmes and initiatives, local and international alike. His activism was therefore well-known and recognizable in the region, Europe and the world. With his activist engagement, vision and intellectual leadership he planted a seed, a seed of democracy and human rights, which grows today in hundreds of our graduates.
We remain eternally grateful for having known him and having had him as a professor, a director and as a great friend.
His words, ideas, and values shall remain in the core of everything we do.
With great sadness and love, we wish him goodbye.