Associate Professor Henrik-Riko Held was born in Dubrovnik, Republic of Croatia, where he finished primary and high school. He enrolled in the Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb in 2005 and graduated in 2010 (magna cum laude) as Magister Juris (MJur). In 2011, he started the Postgraduate doctoral study of Civil and Family Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, and in 2015, he successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled Origins and Development of the Condiction Models of Protection in Roman Legal Tradition in the field of Roman law.
He has also studied philosophy at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, where he has passed the course in ancient Greek.
He as hattended postdoctoral international scientific seminars at the Centro di studi e ricerche sui Diritti Antichi (CEDANT), Almo Collegio Borromeo, Università degli Studi di Pavia (2016, Le Istituzioni di Gaio: avventure di un bestseller. Trasmissione, uso e trasformazione del testo) and at the Istituto di Studi sulle Società del Mediterraneo-CNR, Napoli (2019, Il notaio nella società nell’Europa mediterranea (secc. XIV-XIX)).
He was awarded the Best Graduated Student Award in the academic year 2010/2011. He was awarded the Best Student Award at the Faculty of Law in the academic years 2005/2006, 2006/2007 and 2007/2008. He was a fellow of the Zlatko Crnić Foundation in the academic years 2007/2008 and 2008/2009.
As a student, he participated in the international competition Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna in 2010.
He has published numerous papers in the field of Roman law, medieval legal history, canon law and comparative private law, and he actively participated in many international scientific conferences, where he presented papers.
He is a regular member of the Croatian Academy of Legal Sciences (Academia scientiarum iuridicarum Croatiae).
He is a regular member of the Croatian Canon Law Society (Consociatio canonistica Croatica).
He is a member of the editorial board of the Zagreb Law Review.