Legal/Country Director, Bosnia and Herzegovina Program
Sevima Sali-Terzić, a national of Bosnia and Herzegovina, has been with IHRLG since the launch of our Sarajevo office in 1997. Initially, as IHRLG's BiH Legal Advisor, Ms. Sali-Terzić conducted IHRLG trainings on the European Convention on Human Rights throughout BiH aiming legal professionals. Since 1998, Ms. Sali-Terzić has served as IHRLG's Legal and Country Director in Bosnia and Herzegovina. As such, she is responsible for implementing our extensive program of training and technical assistance to human rights activists, lawyers and non-profit organizations. She is also responsible for coordinating a number of public advocacy initiatives, including the Citizens Action Group Against Segregation in Federation Schools and the support network for the "Zvornik 7".
In 1999, after she had successfully organized and conducted a series of trainings on trafficking in persons and slavery, Ms. Sali-Terzić organized a group of NGOs from both BiH Entities known as the RING anti-trafficking network. She is also an expert member of the BiH Trafficking Working Group created by the Ministry of Civil Affairs and Communications and charged with developing BiH's National Plan of Action to combat trafficking and to protect victims.
Ms. Sali-Terzić serves also as a Board member of the BiH Open Society Foundation and the Steering Committee of the Sub-Program for South East Europe within the Open Society Institute in Budapest. The aim of this Committee is to provide strategic thinking and identification of regional opportunities for the Sub-Program. As an expert in gender issues, Ms. Sali-Terzić was recently asked to join the SEE Women's Legal Initiative, a regional activity led by B.a.B.e. Organization in Zagreb, Croatia. As part of this project, she wrote a gender analysis of the constitutional system and human rights protections in BiH. As an expert on the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, Ms. Sali-Terzić was a lecturer in the Council of Europe's Training Program for judges in BiH.
A former judge of the First Basic Court in Sarajevo, attorney-at-law and a human rights activist, Ms. Sali-Terzić has published extensively on international human rights law and practice. She is co-author of International Human Rights Documents: Instruments of the FBiH Constitution, published in 1996. Ms. Sali-Terzić has also authored the sections on "Civil Society" and the "Legal System" in the Open Society Foundation's 2000 study entitled "International Aid Policies in SEE Countries: Lessons (not) Learned in BiH". Ms. Sali-Terzić is fluent in English.