Ambassador Hans Corell
Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and Legal Counsel to the United Nations 1994-2004
Hans Corell, a national of Sweden, is a former judge and diplomat, now active on his own in the field of international law. He was Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and the Legal Counsel of the United Nations between March 1994 and March 2004. In this capacity, he was head of the Office of Legal Affairs in the U.N. Secretariat. Before joining the United Nations in 1994, Hans Corell was Ambassador and Under-Secretary for Legal and Consular Affairs in his country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1984 to 1994. He served for 13 years in the Ministry of Justice, in the capacity of Under-Secretary for Legal Affairs (1981-84), Assistant Under-Secretary (1979-81), and Legal Adviser (in 1972 and from 1974 to 1979). Interspersed with his service in the Ministry of Justice, Mr. Corell served as an additional Member of the Svea Court of Appeal (1973), as Associate Judge of Appeal (1974), and as Judge of Appeal (1980).
Mr. Corell began his career in 1962, and served first as a court clerk and later as an Assistant Judge in a district court, before entering the Ministry of Justice in 1972. He was a member of his country's delegation at the United Nations General Assembly from 1985 until his U.N. appointment in 1994. In addition, he was a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague from 1990. He has also been a member of various expert committees in his country, within the Council of Europe, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE), including the CSCE Moscow Human Dimension Mechanism to Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia (1992-93), which presented the first proposal for the establishment of an international criminal tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. He was Chairman of the Working Group at the 1992 CSCE Expert Meeting on Peaceful Settlement of Disputes, held in Geneva. He was the Secretary-General’s Representative to the United Nations Diplomatic Conference of Plenipotentiaries on the Establishment of an International Criminal Court, held in Rome from June 15 to July 17, 1998.
Mr. Corell received a Law degree at the University of Uppsala in 1962, and holds an honorary Doctor of Law degree from the University of Stockholm.
Ambassador Hans Corell is the inaugural recipient of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center International Humanitarian Award for Advancing Global Justice.