The Institute for the Study of Human Rights congratulates 2012 Historical Dialogue and Accountability Fellow Mario Mažić on being selected as an Obama Foundation Scholar for 2018-2019.
Mažić has been an advocate for justice, rights, democracy and reconciliation for the past 12 years. He is the Founder and Program Board President of Youth Initiative for Human Rights in Croatia, a youth-led non-governmental organization focused on reconciliation and transitional justice. His work is driven by his personal experience in this post-war context—Mažić left his hometown at the age of four and did not return until six years later.
Mažić is also the Secretary General of the European Grassroots Antiracist Movement, a movement to answer the rise of racism, antisemitism, and populism in Europe. He is the initiator of the regional Political Youth Network which gathers young political leaders from post-Yugoslav nations and is a Board Member at the Humanitarian Law Center in Kosovo.
Mažić is pursuing a Master’s Degree in International Development and Policy at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. He is currently focused on developing a democratization policy think-tank in Croatia.
Mažić holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from Libertas International University in Zagreb, but has also studied at the University of Zagreb, University of Oslo, University of Belgrade, and Northwestern University in Chicago. He is a 2012 alumnus of the Historical Dialogue and Accountability Fellowship at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University.