Mark Ellis

Executive Director, International Bar Association

Mark Ellis is the executive director of the International Bar Association (IBA). The IBA is comprised of 198 national bar associations and 40,000 individual members from around the world. Prior to joining the IBA, Dr. Ellis was the executive director of the Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative, a project of the American Bar Association. He served as legal advisor to the Independent International Commission on Kosovo and was appointed by OSCE to advise on the creation of Serbia's War Crimes Tribunal and was actively involved with the Iraqi High Tribunal. He was a long-time consultant to The World Bank and adjunct professor at The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. A frequent speaker and media commentator on international legal issues, Dr. Ellis 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: Balancing the Principle of Complementarity between International and Domestic War Crimes Tribunals, was published by Cambridge Scholars in 2014. Dr. Ellis has served as Chair of the UN Security Council's established Advisory Panel on Matters Relating to Defence Counsel of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals since 2015. Dr. Ellis earned his J.D. and economics degrees from Florida State University and his Ph.D. in international criminal law from King's College.


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