Mark V. Vlasic

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From the Henry Jackson Society event profile:[1]

Mark V. Vlasic has served as a soldier, a lawyer, a professor, and a diplomat, and has worked for the White House, the Pentagon, the World Bank, the United Nations, and a large international law firm. He is currently a senior fellow and adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University and a partner at Ward & Ward pllc, where he heads the firm's international practice, and focuses on international law, international trade, litigation, business diplomacy, public policy, human rights, and stolen asset recovery matters. Prior to his return to academia and private practice, Mark was a public sector specialist at the World Bank Group, where he served as head of operations of the StAR (Stolen Asset Recovery) Secretariat, an initiative launched by President Robert Zoellick and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to help developing countries recover stolen assets from past dictators (Sani Abacha/Nigeria, Jean-Claude Duvalier/Haiti, etc.). A member of StAR's management team, Mark was responsible for country engagements on four continents, and furthered bilateral relations with major financial centers, foreign governments and civil society organizations. An adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center and senior fellow at Georgetown's Institute for Law, Science & Global Security, Mark has provided advice to the U.S. National Intelligence Council and Central Intelligence Agency, and has lectured at numerous academic institutions on both sides of the Atlantic, including Oxford University, Yale Law School, the NATO School, the U.S. Military Academy, the Hague Academy of International Law, the Baltic Defense College, and the Danish Center for Human Rights. Mark served on the U.S. Delegation to the Pan Am 103 "Lockerbie" terrorist bombing trial in the Netherlands, and in 2005, he was part of a select team of international experts that helped train the Iraqi judges that tried Saddam Hussein. Mark has provided legal commentary to CNN, CBS, FOX News, NPR, CTV,, Voice of America, the History News Network, the Washington Post, and USA Today, and been published by the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, the Washington Times, Foreign Policy, The New Republic, the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, theYale Journal of International Affairs, The Tax Lawyer, USA Today, Legal Times, the Huffington Post, the Toronto Star, theSan Francisco Chronicle, the Cayman Financial Review, Americas Quarterly, the Ventura County Star, and the Sudan Tribune. After attending public schools in California, Mark studied business, theology and government at Georgetown University while on an Army ROTC scholarship, and received his Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center. He holds a Certificate in International Law from The Hague Academy of International Law and conducted post-doctorate research at Universiteit Leiden as a NAF-Fulbright Scholar to the Netherlands. Mark is a member of the Bars of California, the District of Columbia, and the Supreme Court of the United States, and serves on the Term Member Advisory Committee at the Council on Foreign Relations.



  1. For a 7 November 2011 HJS event at the House of Commons.
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