Mark V. Vlasic


Mark V. Vlasic

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, including stolen antiquities issues.  He serves as Counselor to the Antiquities Coalition and as an Expert Advisor to the European Centre for Dispute Resolution.

As public sector specialist at the World Bank Group, Mark served as the first head of operations of the StAR Secretariat, a joint United Nations-World Bank presidential initiative to help developing countries recover stolen assets from past dictators.  Before joining the Bank, he served as a White House Fellow/special assistant to the Secretary of Defense (focused on foreign policy issues), advisor to the President’s Special Envoy to Sudan, and was awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service by Secretary Robert Gates.

Prior to his government service, Mark practiced law in the litigation, international 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, where he focused on genocide and mass executions in Eastern Bosnia. Mark has taught the Iraqi judges that tried Saddam Hussein, served on the U.S. Delegation to the Pan Am 103 “Lockerbie” terrorist bombing trial in the Netherlands, provided commentary to BBC, CNN, FOX News, CBS, Al Jazeera English, and NPR, and been published by the New York Times/IHT, the Atlantic, the Washington Times, Foreign Policy, The New Republic, the Yale Journal of International Affairs, the Northwestern Journal of International Human Rights, the Georgetown Journal of International Law, the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, the Durham Law Review, USA Today, Legal Times, theHuffington Post, the Guardian, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Cayman Financial Review, Americas Quarterly, the Ventura County Star, the Sudan Tribune and others.  He has also contributed to four books, The Responsibility to Protect (Oxford), Responsibility to Protect in Theory & Practice (GV Zalozba), The Business Case for Sustainable Finance (Routledge), andThe Encyclopedia of Transnational Crime and Justice (Sage).

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.    As a U.S. Army officer, he has been attached to Capitol Hill and the Defense Attaché Office at the U.S. Embassy in The Hague, and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal.  He is a Fellow with the U.N. Alliance of Civilizations, a member of the Bars of California, the District of Columbia, and the Supreme Court of the United States, and is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  Named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Mark advises numerous boards, including those related to the U.S. Trade Representative and Secretary of Commerce’s Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Services & Finance Industries, the White House Fellow Foundation, Humanity in Action, Inc., the NCAC Fulbright Association and the Fulbright Academy of Science & Technology.

"Behind every personal success story is likely a teacher, who quietly helped nurture, inspire and educate that individual - and thus we should be grateful for their service in every success story we see."