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Mark Ellis

Phone: +44 (0) 20 7691 6868

As Executive Director of the International Bar Association (IBA) Mark Ellis leads the foremost international organization of bar associations and individual lawyers in the world. The IBA is comprised of 200 member organizations and 20,000 members from 194 countries.

Prior to joining the IBA, Mr. Ellis spent ten years as the first Executive Director of the Central and East European Law Initiative (CEELI), a project of the American Bar Association (ABA). Providing technical legal assistance to twenty-eight countries in Central Europe and the former Soviet Union, and to the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague, CEELI remains the most extensive technical legal assistance project ever undertaken by the ABA.

In 1999, Mr. Ellis was appointed Legal Advisor to the Independent International Commission on Kosovo, chaired by Justice Richard J. Goldstone. In 2003, he was appointed by OSCE to advise on the creation of Serbia's War Crimes Tribunal. He is presently a member of the Advisory Panel to the Defense Counsel for the ICTY.

Mr. Ellis was a long-time consultant to The World Bank on investment policies in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, and has been an Adjunct Professor at The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law.

Mr. Ellis has degrees in Economics and Law and was twice a Fulbright Scholar at the Economic Institute in Zagreb, Croatia. He is the recipient of two research grants to the European Union and the Institute d'Etudes Europeenes in Brussels, Belgium focusing on the law and institutions of the European Union. Mr. Ellis is currently pursuing a PhD in Law at King's College, University of London.

Mr. Ellis is a frequent speaker and media commentator on international legal issues. He is currently acting as on-air legal analyst for CNN International on the Saddam Hussein trial. Mr Ellis has published extensively in the areas of foreign investment, war crimes tribunals, international humanitarian law, and the development of the rule of law. 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.

Mr. Ellis is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations and serves on a number of boards, including the Central European and Eurasian Law Institute (CEELI Institute), the Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation at the Salzburg Seminar and the DLA Piper Rudnick 'New Perimeter' probono project. He also serves on the editorial board for the Journal of National Security Law and Policy.
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