Boštjan Zupancic was born in 1947 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and has concluded there the classical gymnasium, the musical school (violoncello) and the basic studies of law. He has received several awards for best students and was elected an assistant professor. He continued his studies at Zagreb University Law School and at Université de Montréal, Département de criminologie. In 1973, he obtained the LL.M. Degree from Harvard Law School and was accepted, as one of three candidates, into the S.J.D Program. He attained the doctorate from Harvard in 1980 (Mentor prof. Roberto M. Unger, thesis published). For ten years thereafter he has then been teaching criminal law and criminal procedure at various universities in the United States and was unanimously voted into tenure in 1985. In 1986, he returned to Slovenia and was habilitated as a full professor for criminal law, criminal procedure and philosophy of law. He was Vice-Rector of Ljubljana University and Vice-Chair of the U.N. Committee against torture. While a judge of the Constitutional Court (1993-1998), he was elected a judge of the European Court of Human Rights in 1998.