Jelena Pejic is Senior Legal Adviser at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Geneva. Since joining the ICRC in 1999 she initiated or developed the Committee’s legal and policy positions on a range of issues including IHL and the “war on terrorism”, internment in armed conflict, direct participation in hostilities, the interplay between IHL and human rights law, non-State armed groups, and strengthening compliance with IHL. She conceptualized and has been editing the ICRC’s quadrennial reports on “IHL and the Challenges of Contemporary Armed Conflicts” (2003-2015).
Prior to joining the ICRC she was a Program Coordinator at Human Rights First in New York responsible for the organization’s activities in the area of international criminal justice. In that capacity she led the Human Rights First delegation to the 1998 Rome Conference for the establishment of an International Criminal Court.
Ms. Pejic holds an LL.M. degree from Columbia University Law School in New York and a law degree from Belgrade University Law School. She was a lecturer in Public International Law and International Relations at the Law School in Belgrade.
She has written and presented extensively on issues of international humanitarian, human rights and criminal law.