Capturing the former commander of the Bosnian Serb Army is a positive step towards ending impunity for genocide.
Mark V. Vlasic is an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center, a senior fellow at Georgetown's Institute for Law, Science & Global... Security, and a principal at Madison Law & Strategy Group PLLC, where he heads the firm's international practice. A public sector specialist at the World Bank Group, Mark served as the head of operations of the StAR Secretariat, a presidential initiative to help developing countries recover stolen assets from past dictators. Before joining the Bank, he served as a White House Fellow and special assistant to the Secretary of Defence (focused on foreign policy issues), helped advise the President's Special Envoy to Sudan, and was awarded the Secretary of Defence Medal for Exceptional Public Service by Secretary Robert Gates. Prior to his government service, Mark practiced law in the litigation, international trade and public policy practice groups at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, and served on the Slobodan Milosevic and Srebrenica genocide prosecution trial teams at the United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague. Mark has taught the Iraqi judges that tried Saddam Hussein, served on the US Delegation to the Pan Am 103 "Lockerbie" terrorist bombing trial in the Netherlands, provided commentary to CNN, FOX News, BBC News, Al Jazeera, CBS and NPR, and been published by the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, the Washington Times, Foreign Policy, The New Republic, the Yale Journal of International Affairs, the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, The Tax Lawyer, USA Today, Legal Times, the Huffington Post, the Toronto Star, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Cayman Financial Review, Americas Quarterly, and the Sudan Tribune. A US Army officer, he has been attached to Capitol Hill and the Defence Attaché Office at the US Embassy in The Hague, and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal. 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 is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He also serves on the US Trade Representative and Secretary of Commerce's Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Services & Finance Industries.