Professor Vladimir Ortakovski was born in Skopje, North Macedonia. He graduated from the Faculty of Political Sciences in Belgrade with a degree in International Politics. He obtained his M.A. and LL.D. in International Law and International Relations at the Faculty of Law in Belgrade. In 1989, he was promoted to Docent, in 1994 to Associate Professor, and in 1997 to Full Professor at the Faculty of Security at the University “Sts. Cyril and Methodius” in Skopje. In 2001, he was promoted for the second time to Full Professor in Public International Law.
He was Deputy Minister for Science in the Government of the Republic of Macedonia from 1993 to 1996. He was the undersecretary and later Assistant to the Minister at the Ministry of Education and Science from 2000 to 2004. He was president of the Committee on Foreign Diploma Recognition at the Ministry of Education and Science from 2002-2006. He was a member of Senatus at the University St. Kiril and Metodij Skopje from 1996-2000; since 2008 and presently he has been a member of Senatus of the University St. Kliment Ohridski in Bitola. He has written extensively on International Law, Diplomacy, Human and children’s rights, Ethnic Minorities etc. He has published over 220 bibliographic units consisting of scientific and specialist publication in journals and newspapers, papers at symposia and scientific gatherings in Macedonia and abroad. He participated in around 60 international conferences, round tables, symposiums, presenting his papers (in Europe and USA). He made a number of study visits to international organizations or to higher education institutions abroad, participated in international seminars and conferences, as an expert or member of the governmental or ministerial delegation in international meetings. Prof. Ortakovski is the author of seven books and four university textbooks and manuals. He was awarded the state prize “Goce Delchev” for the best scientific publication in 1996 for his book “The International Position of Minorities”. His book “Minorities in the Balkans” was published by “Transnational Publishers, Inc.”, Ardsley, New York, in 2000.
He was Dean at the Police Academy from 2004-2008 and was Head of Postgraduate Studies in the field of Security from 2006-2008. He has been Head of Department for Social-Politic and Law Sciences at the Faculty of Security since 2005. He continues to lecture on Public International Law, International Humanitarian Law, Human Rights and Minorities Rights Law as well as Diplomacy and International Security. Currently he is lecturing at the Faculty of Security at graduate, postgraduate and doctoral studies. He is also lecturing as visiting professor at a number of other Higher Education Institutions. He is a Member of the Council of Centre for Strategic Research, in Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts (MASA) (since 2000), and President and co-founder of NGO Defense for Children’s Rights (since 1998). He was a President of the State Council for Prevention of Juvenile Delinquency (2009-2013).