IV mandate, I composition (2018)
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Boris Velchev -
chairman


Date and place of birth: April 26, 1962, Sofia. Education: Faculty of Law, St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia, summa cum laude. Part-time lecturer (1988), then full-time Assistant Professor (1990) of criminal law at St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia. Passed through all academic levels: Associate Professor (2002); Professor of Criminal Law (2012). Doctor of Philosophy in law (since 1997). Dr.Sc.(2015). Lecturing in criminal law and international criminal law at St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia and St. Cyril and St. Methodius University of Veliko Tarnovo – head of the Criminal Law Studies Department there until 2012. Author of many publications on criminal law and international criminal law. Member of the Legislation Drafting Council at the National Assembly, member and Chairman of the Legal Advisory Board to the President of the Republic of Bulgaria. Elected as Prosecutor General of the Republic of Bulgaria (2006). Member of the Supreme Judicial Council and the Managing Board to the National Institute of Justice. Appointed Constitutional Court Justice by the President of the Republic (2012).

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Anastas Anastasov -
judge


Date and place of birth: October 10, 1965, Yambol. Education: Graduated from the Academy of the Ministry of Interior (1990). Junior prosecutor and Prosecutor at the Regional Prosecutors’ Office in Yambol (1991 – 1996), judge at the Yambol Regional Court (1996 – 2009). Chairman of the Yambol Regional Court (2000 – 2009). Member of the XLI National Assembly, Chairman of the Internal Security and Public Order Committee (2009 – 2012), Vice-President of the XLI National Assembly (2010 – 2012). Specialization in European law, criminal law and human rights. Elected Constitutional Court Justice by the XLI National Assembly (2012).

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Atanas Semov -
judge


 

Date and place of birth: March 23, 1970, Sofia.

Education: Faculty of Law, Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski University (1995). Masters of EU Law at the European University Center, Nancy, France (1998), where he also completes his PhD studies (1999-2002).

In1999 he became an Assistant Professor of EU Law at Sofia University, from 2010 he is an Associate Professor and from 2017 – Professor of EU Law. Doctor of EU law since 2007 and Doctor Juris from 2012.

In 2012 he received from the European Commission the title ”Jean Monnet Chair” for his works on the judicial system of the EU.

He has been a guest lecturer at the universities of Bordeaux and Nancy (France), as well as Zagreb (Croatia), teaches yearly at the European University Center in Nancy, France.

He is an author of 12 monographies and more than 80 scientific papers and articles, organizer of 16 international conferences in Bulgaria, France and Japan. He is deputy chairman of the Bulgarian International Law Association (1994-2918). Founder and manager of the International Master on EU Law at the Faculty of Law of the Sofia University (jointly with the University of Nancy and the University of Strasbourg, 2006-2018). One of the founders of the Bulgarian association on European Law (2009).

He took part as an expert in the Commission on amendments of the Constitution at the 39th National Assembly (2003). He has been deputy chairman of the 41st National Assembly and chairman of the Group for friendship with France (2009-2010), as well as member of the Legal Counsel of the President of Republic of Bulgaria (2017-2018).

He was appointed for Constitutional Court Justice by the President of the Republic of Bulgaria (2018). 

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Georgi Angelov -
judge


Date and place of birth: February 18, 1959, Sofia. Education: Faculty of Law, St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia (1982). Internship as a judge at the Sofia City Court (1982 – 1983). Junior judge at the Vratza District Court (1984) and Regional judge at the Regional Court of Byala Slatina (1985 – 1986). Regional judge (1986 – 1989) and Chairman (1989 – 1991) of the Svoge Regional Court. Chief expert at the Ministry of Justice (1991). Judge (1991 – 1995) and Deputy Chairman (1995 – 1998) at the Sofia District Court. Judge at the Sofia Court of Appeal (1998 – 1999). Judge at the Supreme Administrative Court (1999 – 2012). Part-time lecturer in property law at St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia (1994 – 1995) and at the New Bulgarian University (2001). Lecturing in civil and administrative procedure as well as public works law at the Legal Initiative for Training and Development (1994 – 1999) and the National Institute of Justice (1999 – 2012). Contributed to the creation of the Administrative Procedures Code. Co-author of the book “Administrative Procedures Code. Commentary”. Publications in civil and administrative procedure. Elected Constitutional Court Justice by the Joint Meeting of the Judges of the Supreme Court of Cassation and the Supreme Administrative Court (2012).

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Grozdan Iliev -
judge


Date and place of birth: September 1, 1948, Elin Pelin, District of Sofia. Education: Faculty of Law, St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia (1972). Regional Prosecutor at the Regional Prosecutors’ Office in Elin Pelin (February 1974 – May 1979). District Prosecutor at Sofia District Prosecutor’s Office (June 1979 – May 1983). Judge at the Sofia Military Court (May 1983 – May 1989). Judge at the Military Division of the Supreme Court (May 1989 – January 1997). Judge at the Supreme Court of Cassation (January 1997 – April 2009). From 29 April 2009 to 28 February 2013 – Deputy to the President of the Supreme Court of Cassation of the Republic of Bulgaria and Chairperson of the Penal Division of the Supreme Court of Cassation. Author of publications on criminal law, substantive and procedural law in periodic journals. Elected Constitutional Court Justice by the XLI National Assembly with a resolution from 22 February 2013.

 

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Konstantin Penchev -
judge


Date and place of birth: March 21, 1952, Sofia. Education: Faculty of Law, St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia (1976). Postgraduate specialization in Protection of Competition, France (1991). Trainee judge at the Sofia District Court (1977 – 1978). Junior judge at the Sofia City Court (1979 - 1981). Chairman of the Svoge Regional Court (1981 - 1984). Expert at the Contracts and Legal Matters Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1984 - 1986). Judge at the Sofia District Court (1986 - 1989). Deputy Chairman of the Sofia District Court (1989 - 1994). Lawyer at the Sofia Bar Association (1994 - 2004). Member of the XXXIX National Assembly (2000 - 2004). Chairman of the Supreme Administrative Court (2004 - 2010). Ombudsman of the Republic of Bulgaria (2010 - 2015).  Elected Constitutional Court Justice by the XLIII National Assembly (2015). 

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Krasimir Vlahov -
judge


Date and place of birth: September 24, Pleven.

Education: Faculty of Law, Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski University (1994).  Training in European Union law at the T.M.C. Asser Instituut in the Hague, the Netherlands and the Regional Institute for Administrative Reform in Nantes, France. Justice candidate at the Sofia District Court (1995-1996).  Junior judge at Sofia District Court (1996- 1997). Judge and deputy chairman of  the Sofia Regional Court (1997-2004).  Justice at the Sofia City Court (2004-2008). Chairman of the Sofia City Court (2008- 2012). Justice, deputy chairman at the Supreme Court of Cassation (2012- 2018). Member of the Union of Scientists in Bulgaria with publications in the field of civil material and procedural law. Professor of Civil law and procedure at the Faculty of Law at the Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski University and the National Institute of Justice. Granted with an expression of official gratitude and a certificate for exceptional fulfillment of his professional duties as an incentive (2006).  Awarded with the Annual Award of the Union of Jurists in Bulgaria for his professional achievements and active union work (2016).  Elected for a Constitutional Court Justice by the National Assembly (2018).

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Mariana Karagiozova-Finkova -
judge


Date and place of birth: September 21, 1949, Burgas. Education: Faculty of Law, St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia, specialized in "State Legal Studies” and “Jurisdiction” (1971). Trainee lawyer (1972-1973). After a PhD dissertation defense, full-time Assistant Professor, Senior Assistant, Chief Assistant Professor of Constitutional Law Studies at the Faculty of Law, St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia (1979-1996); since 1996 – Associate Professor in Constitutional Law; since 2009 – Professor of Constitutional Law.
Lecture courses on Constitutional Law of the Republic of Bulgaria at: Faculty of Law, St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia – Law and International Relations degree programmes; Faculty of Philosophy – Public Administration degree programme; at New Bulgarian University - Department of National and International Security and Law programme; Constitutional Justice at: Faculty of Law, St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia – Law programme; Faculty of Philosophy - European Studies programme; Burgas Free University – Law programme; European Constitutionalism at the Faculty of Philosophy - European Studies programme; Institutions and the decision-making process in the European Union at the Faculty of Philosophy - Public Administration programme. Specialization at universities in Prague, Moscow, Leiden, Maastricht, Philadelphia, Florence, Fribourg. Author of monographs, studies, articles and publications in the field of constitutional justice and public legal aspects of the European Union. Head of the Constitutional Law Studies Department at the Faculty of Law, St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia (2003-2013). Member of the Faculty Council of the Faculty of Law (2005-2014), and the General Assembly of Sofia University for this period. Member of the specialized council of legal studies at the Higher Attestation Commission (HAC) (2005-2012). Appointed Constitutional Court Justice by the President of the Republic (2015).

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Nadezhda Dzhelepova -
judge


Date and place of birth: January 29, 1959, Burgas. Education: Faculty of Law, St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia (1983). Trainee judge at the Sofia District Court (1983 – 1984). Junior judge at the Sofia District Court (1984-1986). Regional judge at the Regional Court of Elin Pelin (1986 – 1989). Arbitrator at the City State Arbitration Court (1989-1991). Justice (1991 – 1995) and Deputy Chairperson (1995 – 2000) of the Sofia District Court.  Justice, Chairperson of Division, Deputy Chairperson at the Supreme Administrative Court (2000 – 2018). Lecturer in seminars in administrative law (2010 – 2015). Elected Constitutional Court Justice by the Joint Meeting of the Judges of the Supreme Court of Cassation and the Supreme Administrative Court (2018).

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Pavlina Panova -
judge


Date and place of birth: February 12, 1967, Gramada, Vidin.

Education: Faculty of Law, St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia (1992). Regional Prosecutor at the Regional Prosecutors’ Office, Sofia (1992-1994); judge at the Sofia Regional Court (1994-1998); judge at the Sofia City Court (1998-2001); judge at the Sofia Court of Appeal (2001-2007); judge at the Supreme Court of Cassation, Penal Division (2007-2018); deputy to the President of the Supreme Court of Cassation and Chairperson of the Penal Division of the Supreme Court of Cassation (2013-2018). Doctor of Philosophy in law at St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia (2004), Master in European Union Law (2007), Part-time lecturer of criminal law at St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia (1996-2000). Lecturing at the National Institute of Justice (2000), Lecturing at Attorneys’ Training Centre „Krastiu Tsonchev“ (2008). Specialization in T.M.C. Asser Instituut in The Hague, specializations in European Union law in Germany and in European Institute of Public Administration in Luxembourg. Specializations in Denmark, Poland and France. National Representative of Bulgaria in the Joint Supervisory Body of Eurojust. Since the beginning of 2009 she has been an ad hoc judge at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. Author of articles and publications, co-author of a collection of case law and monographs. Member of the Union of Bulgarian Jurists. Founder and Member of the Management Board of the Bulgarian Association for European Law and Member of the Union of Scientists in Bulgaria. Elected Constitutional Court Justice by the Joint Meeting of the Judges of the Supreme Court of Cassation and the Supreme Administrative Court (2018).

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Philip Dimitrov -
judge


Date and place of birth: March 31, 1955, Sofia. Education: Faculty of Law, St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia (1977). Specialization in Woodrow Wilson Center (2003). PhD in Political Science at New Bulgarian University (2010). Law practice for a period of 20 years (between 1979 and 2015, with breaks). Founder and Secretary of the Union of Lawyers in Bulgaria (1989 – 1990). Lecturer at: the American University in Blagoevgrad (2002 - 2008), University of Toronto, Canada (2007), Christopher Newport University, Virginia, USA (2008-2009), New Bulgarian University, Sofia (2015). Member of the XXXVI and XXXVII National Assembly and Vice-President of the XL National Assembly. Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria with the United Nations (1997 - 1998) and the USA (1998 - 2002) and with the European Union in Georgia (2010 - 2014). Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria (1991 -1992). Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Georgia, Tbilisi (2014). Author of political and politico-legal studies and historical novels.
Appointed Constitutional Court Justice by the President of the Republic (2015).  

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Tanya Raykovska -
judge


Date and place of birth: December 15, 1956, Veliko Tarnovo. Education: Faculty of Law, St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia (1978). Trainee judge at the Veliko Tarnovo District Court (May 1979 – May 1980). Legal adviser in Veliko Tarnovo (July 1980 – June 1981). Junior judge at the Veliko Tarnovo District Court (June 1981 – December 1985); judge at the Sofia Regional Court (January 1987 – February 1993); judge at the Sofia City Court (February 1993 – November 1998); judge – Head of the Company Division at the Sofia City Court (November 1998 – June 2001). Judge at the Supreme Court of Cassation (SCC) (June 2001 – June 2005). Judge at SCC – Head of the first commercial division (June 2005 – March 2012); Acting Deputy Chairperson and Head of the Commercial Division at SCC (March 2012 – May 2012); Deputy Chairperson and Head of the Commercial Division at SCC (May 2012 – November 2014); Acting President of the SCC (November 2014 – February 2015); Deputy Chairperson and Head of the Commercial Division at SCC (February 2015 – November 2015). Specializations in EU Competition Law; human rights and EU law. Participation in various projects: "Comprehensive Review of the Administrative and Commercial Justice Systems in Bulgaria"; "Rapprochement of Bulgarian Company Law with the EU Acquis"; "Modernization of the Commercial Register in Bulgaria"; "Publicity and Efficiency of Insolvency Proceedings", etc. Participation in the working conferences of The European Supreme Commercial Judges Forum, in the International Conference of the Presidents of Supreme Courts in Central and Eastern Europe /questions on the independence of the judiciary and ensuring the rule of law/; participation in various working groups drafting bills related to commercial law. Commercial insolvency lecturer at the National Institute of Justice, part-time lecturer for many years in civil procedure and commercial law at St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia. Co-author of a collection of insolvency case law. Member of the Union of Bulgarian Jurists. Elected Constitutional Court Justice by the Joint Meeting of the Judges of the Supreme Court of Cassation and the Supreme Administrative Court (2015).

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