Robert H. Jackson Center

Ambassador Hans Corell

Ambassador Hans Corell

Ambassador Hans Corell

From 1994-2004, Hans Corell served as the Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and the Legal Counsel of the United Nations. Before joining the United Nations in 1994, Mr. Corell, a national of Sweden, was Ambassador and Under-Secretary for Legal and Consular Affairs in his country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1984 to 1994.

Born in Västermo, Sweden, on July 7, 1939, Mr. Corell received a Law degree at the University of Uppsala. Mr. Corell began his career in 1962 as a court clerk, later becoming a presiding judge in petty criminal cases and then an Assistant Judge in a district court, before entering the Ministry of Justice in 1972. From there, Mr. Corell rose to prominence in the Ministry of Justice serving as Legal Adviser (in 1972 and from 1974 to 1979), Assistant Under-Secretary (1979-1981) and Under-Secretary of Legal Affairs (1981-84).

Mr. Corell has also served as a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague from 1990 and has been a member of various international expert committees including the CSCE Moscow Human Dimension Mechanism to Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia (1992-1993), which presented the first proposal for the establishment of an international criminal tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Mr. Corell was Chairman of the Working Group at the 1992 CSCE Expert Meeting on Peaceful Settlement of Disputes, held in Geneva, as well as, the Secretary-General's Representative to the United Nations Diplomatic Conference of Plenipotentiaries on the Establishment of an International Criminal Court.

Since his retirement from public service in 2004, Mr. Corell has engaged in many different activities in the legal field. Among other, he is involved in the work of the International Bar Association, the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life at Brandeis University and the Hague Institute for the Internalisation of Law. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at Lund University, Sweden.

For a brief discussion by Amb. Corell on Robert H. Jackson and Nuremberg click here.