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Mark Ellis

Mark Ellis

Mark Ellis

Mark Ellis is the Executive Director of the International Bar Association (IBA), comprised of 198 national bar associations and 40,000 members from around the world. Prior to joining the IBA, Mr. Ellis served as the first Executive Director of the Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative, which provides legal assistance to twenty-eight countries and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

Mr. Ellis has also served as Legal Advisor to the Independent International Commission on Kosovo and was appointed by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe to advise on the creation of Serbia’s War Crimes Tribunal and was actively involved with the Iraqi High Tribunal. Mr. Ellis is currently a member of the Advisory Panel to the Defense Counsel for the ICTY.

A frequent speaker and media commentator on international legal issues, he appears regularly on CNN International, Al Jazeera, and BBC and has published extensively in the areas of international humanitarian law, war crimes tribunals, and the development of the rule of law. His latest publication – _Sovereignty and Justice: Creating Domestic War Crimes Courts within the Principle of Complementarity_– will be published by Oxford University Press in 2011.

Mr. Ellis earned his J.D. from Florida State University and his Ph.D. in international criminal law from King’s College, London. He is the co-recipient of the American Bar Association’s World Order Under Law Award, and the recipient of Florida State University’s Distinguished Graduate Award. In 2010, _The Lawyer _magazine selected Mark Ellis as one of the top 100 lawyers in London.