Mr Toma Galli
Director, Directorate of International Law, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs
Mr Toma Galli was born in Zagreb, Croatia, in October 1968. He graduated from the Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, with a major in international public law. He entered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Department for International Legal Affairs, in 1998 and in 2000 was appointed Depositary of the Collection of Treaties. From 2002 to 2007 he served in the Croatian Mission to the UN in Geneva mainly dealing with disarmament and international humanitarian law issues. In 2007 he was appointed Head of the Department for General and Special Issues of International Law in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration and from 2008 to 2013 he served in the Croatian Mission to the UN in New York. During Croatia’s membership in the UN Security Council (2008/2009) he served as a member of the Croatian Security Council team in charge of the following portfolios: Afghanistan, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Western Sahara, the 1540 Committee (nonproliferation of weapons of mass distraction to non-state actors) and the 1718 Committee (North Korea). From 2010 to 2013 he was legal adviser to the Croatian Mission to the UN in New York and in 2013, when Croatia took over the Presidency of the Peacebuilding Commission, he acted as first adviser to the PBC Chair. After his return to the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs in 2013 he was appointed Director of the International Law Directorate. He has published a number of articles on disarmament and international humanitarian law and translated into Croatian several books on international humanitarian law and related issues. He is fluent in English and has a good knowledge of French. During his parallel studies at the Faculty of Philosophy he developed a profound interest in philosophy and published a number of articles on different philosophical questions, including on broader issues of philosophy of law.