DEYAN RANKO BRASHICH born in Belgrade, former Yugoslavia, is a graduate of Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, New York University’s School of Law and The Hague Academy of International Law, The Hague, The Netherlands. He attended the University of Grenoble, Grenoble, France earning a Certificat, Cours de Civilization Française. He attended the University of Hartford’s School of Art at the Wadsworth Athenaeum Museum, Hartford, Connecticut.    

Deyan Brashich (top row, left) as pictured in the New York Times, June 22, 1979, after successfully negotiating the release of 135 passengers and substituting himself as a hostage on hijacked American Airlines Flight 293.

Since 1966, he has been an attorney in private practice based in New York City. From 1983 to 1989 he was a Professor of Law at Pace University School of Law in White Plains, New York. He has appeared in numerous jurisdictions in the United States and abroad, including the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), sitting in The Hague, The Netherlands. At the ICTY, he was lead defense counsel in Prosecutor v Stevan Todorovic and Prosecutor v Momcilo Krajisnik and Biljana Plavsic [respectively President of the Assembly and President of the Republika Srpska]. He has appeared before the Supreme Court of the United States.

He has written extensively on domestic and international law topics for both the popular press and professional journals, including The New York Law Journal. His Op-Ed essays touch upon political, legal and social issues of the day and are also published on the internet on his Contrary Views blog. His magazine articles cover the current art, literature and museum scenes.

He writes the monthly Letter from America column for Romania's Scrisul Romanesc, the pre-eminent Romanian literary magazine. He is a Contributing Editor for The Country and Abroad, a literary/art magazine and and Passport , a lifestyle magazine both published in the United States. He is a frequent contributor to Pecat, the Belgrade, Serbia weekly news magazine, Britić, a magazine published in the United Kingdom and Ekurd Daily, a multinational Kurdish news portal.

From 1984 until 1991, he was the Editor and Publisher of The Foothill News, a newspaper published in Washington, Connecticut with a circulation of 10,000. He is an Op-Ed columnist for Connecticut's Litchfield County Times and Housatonic Times and other newspapers. His Op-Ed columns won the 2nd Place Award [2011] for Best Opinion Column from the Local Media Association of the United States.  

Letters from America: Essays with a New York State of Mind,  collection of columns was published by Scrisul Romanesc Foundation – Publisher, Craiova, Romania in May, 2013. Contrary Views: Columns from the Litchfield County Times was published in May, 2014.

A full profile entitled “A Voice for the Defense” was published on November 17, 2003 and can be accessed via The Litchfield County Times website. He currently resides in New York City.