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|Croat member of the Collegium of the House of Peoples of Bosnia and Herzegovina|
16 February 2015
|Preceded by||Dragan Čović|
|2nd Minister of Justice|
11 January 2007
|Prime Minister||Nikola Špirić Vjekoslav Bevanda|
|Preceded by||Slobodan Kovač|
|1st Minister of Security|
23 December 2002 – 11 January 2007
|Prime Minister||Adnan Terzić|
|Preceded by||Office established|
|Succeeded by||Tarik Sadović|
|Member of the House of Representatives of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina|
March 2002 – January 2003
|Prime Minister||Dragan Mikerević Adnan Terzić|
|Federal Minister of Justice|
September 1999 – March 2002
|Prime Minister||Edhem Bičakčić Dragan Čović (acting) Alija Behmen|
|Prime Minister of the West Herzegovina Canton|
1996 – September 1999
|Preceded by||Office established|
1 January 1956 |
Lištica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia
|Political party||Croatian Democratic Union of Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|Residence||Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|Alma mater||University of Mostar|
Bariša Čolak (1 January 1956) is Bosnian Croat politician and lawyer. As of 2007, he is Minister of Justice of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Bariša Čolak was born on 1 January 1956 in Lištica, where he attended elementary and high school. He graduated from the Faculty of Law of University Džemal Bijedić of Mostar in 1979. He is currently attending postgraduate studies on subject Bosnia and Herzegovina and European Law, but because of his duties as minister, study is on halt.
From 1979 to 1988 with a break from April 1980 to April 1981, he worked as director of the constructional hardware "Metalac Lištica" which was part of the SOKO company in Mostar. From 1988 to the end of 1993 he worked as judge in Lištica, renamed Široki Brijeg. Čolak joined Croatian Democratic Union of Bosnia and Herzegovina (HDZ BiH) in 1993. After that, until 1996, he was assistant of the Minister of Justice, Deputy Minister of Justice and later Minister of Justice of the Croatian Republic of Herzeg-Bosnia. After the war, from 1996 until September 1999, he was first Prime Minister of the West Herzegovina Canton.
He was member of the party's Municipal Board in Široki Brijeg and later member of the Cantonal Board of the West Herzegovina Canton and member of the Central Committee of the party. He was also repeatedly member of the party's Presidency.
In 1999 he became Minister of Justice of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. During the 2000 elections he won 5,412 votes for seat in the Parliament of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, but he continued to be minister in the Government. From 2001 until 2002 he was acting president of the HDZ BiH, and in March 2002 he left Ministry of Justice and dedicated himself to the party's activity, since he had become president of the HDZ BiH. On the elections of 2002 he won 16,721 votes and entered Federal Parliament. He remained party's president until 2005. In January 2003 he became Minister of Safety of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and held that duty until 2007. Again, in February 2007 he was named Minister of Justice, and currently he holds this duty. He is also member of the Presidency of HDZ BiH.
Čolak is married to Anela Čolak; the couple has three children.
- Biografija za Bariša Čolak. CIN (in Bosnian)