The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a Director's Lunch with Danilo Türk, former President of Slovenia, in the Belfer Center Library (L369).

In November 2007, Dr. Türk was elected President of the Republic of Slovenia and was inaugurated in December of that year. His term in office as President ended in December of 2012. Prior to holding office, he held the position of Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Law at University of Ljubljana from 2005 to 2006 and served in several capacities at the United Nations.

Dr. Türk served at the UN as the first Slovenian Permanent Representative from 1992 to 2000. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan appointed Dr. Türk in 2000 as Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs. For more than five years he was tasked with providing analytical and consulting activity related to crisis situations. Prior to serving as Assistant Secretary General, Dr. Türk served during Slovenia’s term as non-permanent member of the Security Council, and acted as President from 1998-1999. He initially came to the UN serving as the Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia in 1992.

Dr. Türk studied at the Faculty of Law in Ljubljana, where he obtained his law degree in 1975. In 1978 he obtained his masters degree in law from Belgrade University, became an academic assistant, and started teaching International Law at the Faculty of Law in Ljubljana. In 1982, he obtained his doctorate from the Faculty of Law in Ljubljana with a thesis on “The principle of non-intervention in international relations and in international law”. From 1984 to 1992 he was a member of the United Nations Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities as an independent expert.


As space is limited for this event, RSVPs will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Belfer Center Directors' Lunches are strictly off-the-record. By indicating your desire to attend the lunch, you agree that you will comply with the Belfer Center's strict policy against recording or disclosing the contents of the lunch. Your access is conditioned on your compliance with these restrictions. Should you violate these rules, the Center will pursue all available legal options and you will be excluded from all future events.