Slobodan Samardžić (Serbian Cyrillic: Слободан Самарџић) is a
Serbian academic and politician, and the former Minister
for Kosovo-Metohija in the Government
of Serbia succeeded by Goran
Samardžić was born in Belgrade in 1953 to Bosnian and Montenegrin Serb parentage.
to a prominent Serbian Samardžić
family that originates from the Herzegovinian Krivošije region and clan near Herceg Novi, nowadays in Montenegro.
Samardžić graduated from the Faculty of
of the University of Belgrade
, where he also
obtained his PhD. He was editor of scientific and political
programme at Radio Belgrade
. He was a
fellow of the Institute of European
. Since 2001
Samardžić is a full
professor of European Studies
the Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Belgrade. He
is also Director of Political Studies at the Belgrade think-tank
Centre for Liberal-Democratic Studies.
Area of his studies includes political ideas and institutions,
contemporary federalism, political theory and practice of
constitutionalism, political system of Yugoslavia and Serbia, and
European Union. His long-term study visits include Göttingen, Frankfurt, Fribourg and Brussels.
Samardžić wrote six books: Ideology and Rationalism
(1984), Council Democracy
(1987), Yugoslavia and the
Challenge of Federalism
(1990), Coercive Community and
(1994), European Union as a Model of the
(1998), and State Construction and
was advisor for political issues to former Yugoslav president and Serbian Prime Minister
He headed the Serbian government’s Committee for Decentralisation
and was (with Vuk Jeremić
co-ordinator of Serbia's State Negotiating Team on the future
status of Kosovo-Metohija.
Samardžić speaks English
and is married with three