IFIT Staff / Executive Director of IFIT

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 on such issues at the highest levels 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 served as Chief of External Relations at the International Crisis Group. Prior to that, he helped launch and direct the International Center for Transitional Justice, in New York and Brussels. He has taught courses in the law faculties of KU Leuven, Queen’s University, and the University of Ottawa. In February 2021, he was designated to the Panel of Experts of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP).

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 UP, 2010) and Truth Commissions and Procedural Fairness (Cambridge UP, 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), as well as Negotiating Transitional Justice (Cambridge UP, 2020), which draws on the years he worked as an expert adviser inside the Havana-based peace talks between the Colombian government and FARC-EP.

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