|Judge of the
European Court of Human Rights
in respect of Croatia
1 November 1998
|Preceded by||New appointment|
22 February 1948 |
|Alma mater||University of Zagreb, Graduate Institute of International Studies|
Vajić was born on 22 February 1948 in Zagreb, the capital and largest city of Croatia. She studied at the Faculty of Law of the University of Zagreb from 1966 to 1971, and then worked there as an Instructor until 1978, when she was promoted to Assistant and began a Master's in International Law at the Graduate Institute of International Studies (HEI) of the University of Geneva.
She was appointed Assistant Professor at Zagreb in 1985 and Associate Professor in 1991, at which time she also became Director of the University's Institute of Public and Private International Law. In 1996 became Professor of Public International Law, but only held this post until 1998, when she was elected the first judge in respect of Croatia at the newly established permanent European Court of Human Rights. She resides in Strasbourg, the seat of the Court, and has been President of the First Section of the Court since 1 February 2011.