Ivana Jelić is a judge of the European Court of Human Rights since 12 July 2018. She is a member of Legal Sciences Committee of Montenegrin Academy of Sciences and Arts, as of 2015.
Before joining the Court, she was employed as an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Montenegro. She was teaching public international law, international human rights law, minority rights and international humanitarian law for eighteen years.
She studied law at the University of Montenegro, University of Belgrade, Berkeley Law School of the UC Berkeley and Columbia Low School in New York, as a JFDP fellow. She holds LL.M (2004) and PhD (2007) degrees in law, Belgrade Law School of University of Belgrade, Serbia.
She was Visiting Scholar/Professor at the following institutions of higher education: Faculty of Law, University of Bergen, Norway (2002), UC Berkeley (2004-2005), Centre for the study of human rights, Columbia University, New York, USA (2005), Université Paris 2 – Assas, Centre de la recherche des droits de l’homme et droit humanitaire (2007), Londol School of Economics and Political Sciences, London, UK (2009-2010), Faculty of Law, University of Johannesburg, South Africa (2013), Faculty of Law, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany (2014), Faculté de Droit et Science Politique, Université Sophia Antipolis, Nice, France (2015). She was Distinguished Visiting Professor – Mercator Fellow at the Faculty of Law, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany (2016-2017).
She was a member of the Committee of experts of the Council of Europe for the Improvement of Procedures for the Protection of Human Rights (DH-PR) in Strasbourg (2008-2010) and a member of the Steering Committee of Human Rights (CDDH) in Strasbourg (2008-2012). She was a member (2012-2016), Gender Equality Rapporteur (2013-2016) and Second Vice Chair (2014-2016) of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (ACFC) of the Council of Europe, in Strasbourg. She also served as a member (2015-2018) and Vice President (2017-2018) of the UN Human Rights Committee, Geneva, Switzerland.
Judge Jelić publishes extensively on European and international protection of human rights, the rule of law, gender equality and multiculturalism.