Born in Baraboi (Republic of Moldova) in 1951. He earned his MA in Law at the Faculty of Law, State University of Moldova. From 1977 to 1980 he worked as an attorney – a member of the Bar Association of the Republic of Moldova. From 1980 to 1987 he held the office of a judge and from 1987 to 1990 he served as the President of the Frunze District Court in Chisinau. From 1988 to 1990 he served as the President of the Commission for the Evaluation, Admission and Promotion of Judges of the Republic of Moldova. From 1990 to 1994 he served as a member of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova and in the period from 1990 to 1992 he was the President of the Legal Committee of the Parliament. From 1992 to 1996 he was the Ambassador – Permanent Representative of the Republic of Moldova to the United Nations. From 1996 to 2001, he served as a Judge of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. In 2002, he took office of the international judge at the Supreme Court of Kosovo and in 2005 office of the President of the Special Chamber of the Supreme Court of Kosovo (the Commercial Tribunal controlled by the United Nations). From 2008 to 2012 he was a member of the Romanian Parliament and President of the Legal Subcommittee monitoring the enforcement of judgments of the ECtHR. During the same period, he was also a member of the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. From 2013 to 2018, he served as a Judge of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Moldova. He held the office of the President from January 2017 to February 2018. He published numerous articles in law journals and he also wrote the paper ‘The Protection of Refugees under the ECHR’ in the book ‘Jurisprudence of the International Legal Institutions in Refugee Matters, edited by UNHCR, BO in Moldova, Chisinau, 2000.
He was appointed to the office of Judge of the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina in May 2002. He took the office in May of 2003 following the constituting session of the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He served as the Vice-President for two terms, from 2003 to 2006 and 2012 to 2015. In June 2021, he was elected the Vice-President for the third time.