Aleksić, prof. dr Živojin
Prof. Živojin Aleksić was born on May 30, 1931 in Belgrade, where he completed the
high school and graduated from the Faculty of Law, in 1956. At the University of Lausanne
1962/63, Prof. Aleksić specialized in criminology and gained a master's degree. In 1964, he got
the doctorate degree at the Faculty of Law in Belgrade, with the thesis Application of Scientific
Achievements in Personal Sources of Evidence in Criminal Procedure. He completed three
courses in comparative law at the universities of Pescara, Amsterdam and Strasbourg, within
the International Comparative Law Academy. He specialized in and struggled against drug
abuse following the United Nations Program.
In 1958, prof. Aleksić was selected assistant at the Department of Criminal Sciences at
the Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade. Upon passing the verbal doctoral exam, he was
habilitated as an examiner on the Code of Criminal Proceedings subject, in 1959. In 1962, he
started working at the Institute of Criminological & Sociological Research, where in 1973 he
gained the title of a senior research associate. In 1973, returned to the Faculty of Law, first as
an associate professor of Criminology and later as a full professor for the same subject (in
1979). He was the Head of Department of Criminal Sciences at the Faculty of Law, University of
Belgrade for two terms.
Prof. Aleksić, lectured by invitation at the Faculty of Law in Kragujevac, and was a
regular professor and a lecturer at postgraduate studies by invitation at the Faculty of Law in
Zagreb for a period of more than eight years. We can say that he lectured at almost all law
faculties in Serbia and he is generally believed to have been a leading expert for criminology in
Yugoslavia. He graded a number of master's and doctoral theses and frequently mentored
them, regardless of the faculty they were defended.
Abroad, he lectured in the USA, Japan, China, the USSR, the Philippines, Australia,
Germany, England, Poland, etc.
While still a student at the Faculty of Law, prof. Aleksić founded the Expert Group for
His activities were noticed when he opposed the legalization of marijuana in Serbia
and was specially engaged in seeking a solution for treating delinquent children (under 14). He
received a number of plaques and awards for this work, and in 1971 was awarded the Order of
Labor with Golden Wreath.
Prof. Aleksić is the author of numerous scientific papers:
The Implementation of Scientific Achievements in Personal Sources of Evidence in
Criminal Proceedings, Belgrade 1965 (this book, a doctoral dissertation, was translated into
German and published in 1969 in Hamburg – DKG. Particular chapters were internally translated
in criminological institutes of Hungary and the USSR); Investigation in Fire and Arson, Belgrade,
1967; Methodology for Detecting Juvenile Delinquents, Belgrade, 1971; Scientific Detection of
Crimes, Belgrade, 1973; Criminology – textbook (5 editions from 1979 to 1987); Illegal Evidence
in Criminal Proceedings (script), Skopje, 1984; Foreign Criminal Police (script), Skopje, 1986;
Practicum in Criminology, Belgrade, 1988.
He participated with a number of semantic items in the Legal Encyclopedia, the
Economic Encyclopedia and Political Encyclopedia, as well as in a series of studies for the
Institute of Comparative Law. Moreover, he published over 200 articles in Serbia and abroad in
journals, proceedings and congress materials. He participated in the exhibition of the Serbian
Academy of Sciences "Photography in Serbs" with an attachment and photographs – 150 years
of court photography with Serbs.
He was the President of the Yugoslav Association for Criminal Law and Criminology,
President of the Belgrade Bar Association, the secretary general of the Yugoslav Bar Association
for more than eight years, the president of the International Association of Law Professors
within the “World Peace through Law”, Yugoslavia's representative in the International Criminal
Law Association and for many years, he was the editor of the Legal Life and the Archives of
Legal and Social Sciences journals.
The Government of the SFRY and many international organizations invited Prof.
Aleksić to train experts or perform criminal expertise (Zambia, trial in Stockholm, Berlin,
forensic plane crash and identification in Cyprus, UP Drug Department, etc.).
Prof. Živojin Aleksić, PhD, passed away on January 30, 2012.
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