Mark S. Ellis, Esq. 

International Bar Association

As Executive Director of the International Bar Association (IBA) Mark Ellis leads the foremost international organization of bar associations, law firms and individual lawyers in the world. Twice a Fulbright Scholar at the Economic Institute in Zagreb, Croatia, Mark Ellis earned his J.D. and economics degrees from Florida State University and his PhD in international criminal law from King’s College, University of London. Prior to joining the IBA, Dr. Ellis spent ten years as the first Executive Director of the Central European and Eurasian 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.

A frequent speaker and media commentator on international legal issues, Dr Ellis appears regularly on CNN International, Al Jazeera and the BBC. He has published extensively in the areas of international humanitarian law, war crimes tribunals, and the development of the rule of law. His op-eds have appeared in The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Sunday Times (South Africa) and The Times (London). 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.


PH.D. 2010 Law, King’s College, London, 2010.
Certificate in Law, War and Human Rights, London School of Economics, 2006
FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR, Institute of Economics, Zagreb, Croatia, 1993 – 1994
FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR, Institute of Economics, Zagreb, Croatia
Faculty of Economics, Belgrade, Yugoslavia, 1985 – 1988
Research Fellow at the ANNUAL EEC/NATO SEMINAR held in Luxembourg and Brussels, Belgium, April 1986
J.D. Florida State University College of Law, Tallahassee, Florida, 1984
Research Fellow at the ELEVENTH ANNUAL BRUSSELS SEMINAR ON THE LAW AND INSTITUTIONS OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES held at the Institute d'Etudes Europeennes (ULB) and the Vrije Univeristeit Brussels, Belgium, Summer 1983
Research Fellow at the ANNUAL COMPARATIVE POLICY STUDIES PROGRAM FOR YUGOSLAV AMERICAN STUDIES, RESEARCH AND EXCHANGES held at the Inter University Centre of postgraduate studies in Dubrovnik, Croatia, Summer 1983
B.S. Economics, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, 1979

Professional Memberships

Trustee, Media Legal Defence Initiative (2009 – present)
Advisory Board, Lloyd N. Cutler Center for the Rule of Law (2009–present)
Editorial Board, the Hague Journal on the Rule of Law (2007–present)
Editorial Board, Journal of National Security Law and Policy (2005-present)
Advisory Board, DLA Piper Rudnick ‘New Perimeter’ Probono project (2005-present)
Board of Directors, CEELI Institute (2004-present)
The Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation, Salzburg Seminar (2004– present)
Advisory Panel to the Defense Counsel for the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) (2006–present)
The Council on Foreign Relations (2000-present)

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