European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)

 

   
 

Mr Christian ǺHLUND 

 

   
  Bureau member from January 2008 to December 2009
Vice-Chair from January 2010 to December 2012
Chair since January 2014

Christian Ahlund is the Executive Director of International Legal Assistance Consortium (ILAC), an umbrella organisation for a number of international associations of judges, prosecutors and lawyers, with the objective of resurrecting judicial systems in post-conflict countries. ILAC was formed in 2002 and has its head-quarters in Stockholm. Its 36 member organisations represent more that three million individuals world-wide. ILAC has initiated legal reform activities in a number of countries, e.g Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine, Haiti and Liberia. Ahlund is a senior partner of the Swedish law firm Sju Advokater and a member of the Swedish Bar.

Since the mid ´80s Ahlund has had recurring international assignments in the fields of human rights and international law. During the second half of the ´80s and early ´90s, Ahlund was a member of a government commission, which advised the Swedish Government on politically sensitive matters of assistance to opposition groups in South Africa and Central America. During this period he travelled extensively in these regions. In 1990-1991 Ahlund was part of an international team, appointed by the International Commission of Jurists in Geneva, which investigated the internecine violence in South African townships.

During the latter half of the 1990´s, Ahlund´s main field of activity became the Balkans, particularly Bosnia-Hercegovina. In 1997, he was posted in Sarajevo as Director General for Human Rights for the Organisation of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Mission to Bosnia-Hercegovina, tasked with monitoring the implementation of the human rights aspects of the Dayton Agreement. In December 1999 he was appointed jointly by the Office of the High Representative in Bosnia-Hercegovina and OSCE to chair a commission of national and international experts with the task of drafting legislation in the fields of defamation and freedom of information. The group´s law proposals were presented in March 2001 and have subsequently been transformed into law by the Bosnian parliament. In his capacity as chair of the Human Rights Commission of the Swedish Bar Association 1998 -2003, Ahlund was engaged in projects with the purpose of upgrading the bar associations in Republika Srpska and Macedonia.

From 2003 to 2006, Ahlund chaired the Human Rights Committee of the Human Rights Committee of CCBE (the Council of Bars and Law Societies in the European Union). In 2004, Ahlund received the International Bar Association´s annual “Rule of Law Award”.
Ahlund has published articles in Swedish and international press on human rights and international law.