Slobodan Samardžić

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Slobodan Samardžić
Слободан Самарџић
Minister for Kosovo and Metohija
In office
15 May 2007 – 7 July 2008
Preceded by Post established
Succeeded by Goran Bogdanović
Personal details
Born (1953-04-03) 3 April 1953 (age 65)
Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality Serbian
Political party Democratic Party of Serbia (until 2014)
Statehood Movement of Serbia (2014–present)
Spouse(s) Vesna Samardžić, née Olić
Children Two sons and a daughter
Residence Belgrade, Serbia
Alma mater University of Belgrade (BA, MPhil and PhD in political science)
Occupation University professor
Profession Political scientist

Slobodan Samardžić (Serbian Cyrillic: Слободан Самарџић) is a Serbian academic and politician who served as the Minister for Kosovo and Metohija from 2007 to 2008.

Early years and education[edit]

Samardžić was born in Belgrade in 1953 to Bosnian Serb and Montenegrin Serb parents. He belongs to a prominent Montenegrin Samardžić family that originates from the Herzegovinian Krivošije region and clan near Herceg Novi, in Montenegro.

Samardžić graduated from the University of Belgrade Faculty of Political Sciences, where he also obtained his PhD.

Professional career[edit]

He was editor of scientific and political program at Radio Belgrade from 1982 to 1984. He was a fellow of the Institute of European Studies. Since 2001, Samardžić is a full professor of European Studies at 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 Democracy (1994), European Union as a Model of the Supranational Community (1998), and State Construction and Deconstruction (2008).

Samardžić was advisor for political issues to former Yugoslav president and Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Koštunica. 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 German and is married with three children.


Slobodan Samardžić appears in Boris Malagurski's documentary film The Weight of Chains in which he talks about the motives behind Western intervention in the Kosovo War. In the film, Samardžić also speaks about concerns regarding the status of Serbia's northern province of Vojvodina.


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Government offices
Preceded by
Post established
Minister for Kosovo and Metohija
2007 – 2008
Succeeded by
Goran Bogdanović