Dr. Nataša Pirc Musar

Nataša Pirc Musar was born in 1968 in Ljubljana. She graduated from the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Law (1992) and holds a doctorate from the University of Vienna, Law Faculty (2015) with the thesis titled How to strike the right balance between access to public information and personal data protection – using a public interest test.

She has had a diverse career, working both in the public and private sector, devoted to human rights, gender equality, rule of law, data protection, and hate speech.

She began her career as a journalist and news presenter on Slovenian national television and later on POP TV, the largest Slovenian commercial television broadcaster. She has also written newspaper articles and worked on radio.

She gained additional experience in journalism at CNN and studied at the Media Department of Salford University in Manchester in the UK for two semesters. During her studies, she did professional internships at BBC, Granada TV, SkyNews, Reuters TV, and Border TV. She has also written newspaper articles and worked on radio.

In 2004, the National Assembly elected her as the Information Commissioner of the Republic of Slovenia, a position she has held for two consecutive terms (until 2014).

In October 2009, she was elected Vice President of the Europol Joint Supervisory Body, and in March 2013 President of the JSB Europol. Members of this supervisory authority are representatives of national supervisory authorities for the protection of personal data from all Europol member states; i.e. the EU Member States. In accordance with the Europol Convention, the mission of the joint supervisory authority is to conduct independent reviews of the activities of Europol in order to ensure that individual rights are not violated by the storage, processing, and use of data held by Europol. The joint supervisory authority monitors the permissibility of the further transfer of data originating from Europol.

In December 2014, she took an oath as an attorney at law at the Slovenian Bar Association, where she was a member of the Executive Board (2021–2022). Until December 2022, she was the director and owner of the Law Firm Pirc Musar & Partners.

From 2015 until 2019, she was a member of a jury at the Journalism Fund in Brussels, evaluating grant proposals for journalistic investigative stories.

On November 22, 2022, she was elected the President of the Republic of Slovenia. On December 23, 2022, she took office. Nataša Pirc Musar is the first female to hold this position in Slovenia.


Source: Office of the President of the Republic of Slovenia, March 2023.