Hans Corell

Hans Corell served as Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and the Legal Counsel of the United Nations from March 1994 to March 2004. In this capacity, he was head of the Office of Legal Affairs in the United Nations Secretariat. Before joining the United Nations, he was Ambassador and Under-Secretary for Legal and Consular Affairs in his native Sweden's Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1984 to 1994.

From 1962 to 1972, he served first as a law clerk and later as a judge in circuit courts and appeal courts. In 1972, he joined the Ministry of Justice, where he became a Director in 1979 and the Chief Legal Officer in 1981.

Corell has been a member of Sweden's delegation to the UN General Assembly 1985-1993 and has had several assignments related to the Council of Europe, OECD, and the CSCE (now OSCE). He was co-author of the CSCE proposal for the establishment of the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, which was transmitted to the UN in February 1993.

In 1998, he was the Secretary-General's representative at the Rome Conference on the International Criminal Court.

Since his retirement from public service in 2004, Corell is engaged in many different activities in the legal field, inter alia as legal adviser, lecturer, and member of different boards. Among others, he is involved in the work of the International Bar Association and the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life at Brandeis University. Since February 2006 he has been Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at the University of Lund. He is the author of many publications.

His website can be found at www.havc.se.