Mark Freeman

Mark Freeman is the founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Integrated Transitions (IFIT). A Canadian and Belgian citizen, he is a leading global expert on conflict resolution and human rights. Over the last 25 years he has advised in negotiations and transitions in countries including Afghanistan, Algeria, Bolivia, Bosnia, Burundi, Colombia, DRC, The Gambia, El Salvador, Kenya, Mauritania, Morocco, Nepal, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, Venezuela and Zimbabwe. 

Before founding IFIT, Mark was Chief of External Relations at the International Crisis Group. Prior to that, he helped launch and direct the International Center for Transitional Justice and taught law courses at KU Leuven, Queen’s University, and the University of Ottawa.

Mark holds a B.A. from McGill University, a J.D. from the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, and an LL.M from Columbia Law School where he was a Human Rights Fellow and James Kent Scholar. He is the author of Necessary Evils: Amnesties and the Search for Justice (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2010) and Truth Commissions and Procedural Fairness (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2006), which received the American Society of International Law’s highest award. He is also the co-author of International Human Rights Law: Essentials of Canadian Law (Irwin Law, 2004; with Gibran van Ert) and Negotiating Transitional Justice (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2020; with Iván Orozco), which draws on his years in Havana as an adviser in the Colombian peace talks with the FARC-EP. Mark is a member of the Panel of Experts of the International Commission on Missing Persons.

Working languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian, and Catalan