He was born in Karlovac. He studied law in Vienna and received a degree at the Law Academy in Zagreb in 1866. He worked in the civil service, in the judicial and law services in Karlovac and Ogulin, serving as a president of the Governor's Board (1898–1912). He became a full member of the Yugoslav Academy of Sciences and Arts in 1913, serving as its president in 1918–1921. He was an honorary member of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Polish Academy of Sciences and Learned Society in Lviv, Ukraine. His main work was Prinosi za hrvatski pravno-povjestni rječnik ("Contributions to the Croatian legal-historical dictionary", I–II, 1908–22), in which he collected and analyzed legal-historical Croatian lexical heritage.
He died in Zagreb.
|Chairman of the Yugoslav Academy of Sciences and Arts