Hans Corell

Former Legal Counsel of the United Nations, Stockholm

Hans Corell was under-secretary-general for legal affairs and the legal counsel of the United Nations from March 1994 to March 2004. From 1962 to 1972, he served in the Swedish judiciary. In 1972, he joined the Ministry of Justice where he became director of the Division for Administrative and Constitutional Law in 1979. In 1981, he was appointed chief legal officer of the Ministry. He was ambassador and under-secretary for legal and consular affairs in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs from 1984 to 1994. Since his retirement from public service, he is engaged in many different activities in the legal field, amongst others as legal adviser, lecturer, and member of different boards. 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 chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at Lund University, Sweden. His writings and present engagement appear on his website at Ambassador Corell holds a bachelor of laws degree from Uppsala University and is doctor of laws h.c. at Stockholm and Lund Universities.


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