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Republic of Bulgaria
Върховен касационен съд
 
Prof. Lasar Georgiev Gruev
President of the Supreme Court of Cassation 
 
President since: 2007
 
Justice of the supreme court since: 2007
 
Career before being justice of the Supreme Court:
Graduated from the Faculty of Law at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” in 1981. Lecturer in penal law at the same faculty since 1983.
Prosecutor at Sofia Regional Prosecutor’s Office from 1986 to 1990.
Professor of penal law at Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski since 2003. Member of the Consultative Legislation Council to the 39th National Assembly and of the Legal Advisory Board to the President of the Republic of Bulgaria.
Appointed as Constitutional Court Justice from 2003 to 2007. Elected President of the Supreme Court of Cassation on November 9, 2007 by the Supreme Judicial Council and appointed by a Decree of the President of the Republic of Bulgaria as of November 12, 2007.
Specialization courses completed at the universities of Hamburg, Saarbrücken, and Leipzig.
Elected member of the Board of the Network of the Presidents of the Supreme Judicial Courts of the European Union as of 19 March 2010.
Holder of the Humboldt Research Fellowship granted by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law Freiburg, Germany. Author of 4 monographs, many articles and studies in the field of penal law.
Fluency in spoken and written German and Russian.