Lora Vidović was born in 1973 in Nova Gradiška. She finished her secondary education in Varaždin and graduated from the Faculty of Law in Zagreb in 1997. In 2001, she obtained her Master’s degree with the thesis „Ombudsman for children“ following post-graduate studies of Civil Law at the Faculty of Law in Zagreb. In 2006, she passed the Bar Exam.
She took over the duty of the Ombudsman on March 1st 2013, after the Parliament appointed her the commissioner responsible for the promotion and protection of human rights and freedoms, for a term of eight years. In December 2015 she was elected Chair of European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI), for a three year term, which started in March 2016.
She has been working in the field of human rights protection and promotion throughout her working career, especially from the perspective of public international law, as well as on establishing highest international human rights standards within the legal system of the Republic of Croatia.
Prior to being appointed Ombudsman she worked as the Head of the UNICEF Office in Croatia and in the period from 2006 to 2010 she worked as a Deputy Ombudsman for Children. During that time, she had the opportunity to work on promoting the general knowledge on and improvement of children’s rights and interests in Croatia.
She participated on numerous international seminars, conferences and meetings related to human rights and democratization.
Also, she published a series of expert papers concerning the status of women in employment and on children’s status in society and family.