Panel III:  International Law

MUHAMED MESIC
Bosnia

Muhamed Mesic is a senior coordinator to the Brainswork Institute – a social legacy and positive change think tank and research organization based in Vienna. His work relates to analyzing lessons from extraordinary individuals from the past that have made a difference, particularly in settings as challenging as the Holocaust or the genocides in Bosnia and Rwanda, and connecting these in making tomorrow's world a better place. He was born in 1984 in Tuzla, Bosnia-Herzegovina. After growing up during the war in Bosnia and finishing school, he went on to study law and Jewish studies at the University of Vienna. There, he specialized in international law and human rights.

From 2005 to 2008, Mr. Mesic worked as a Research Fellow for the Institute for Research of Crimes against Humanity and International Law with the University of Sarajevo, managing international projects and conferences and carrying out research on crimes in Bosnia, as well as the Holocaust. He has worked on projects with the Jewish Museum and Jewish Community of Bosnia-Herzegovina, and has lectured at universities from Buenos Aires to Tel Aviv, and at a variety of conferences. Mr. Mesic has also closely worked on human rights-related projects with various institutions throughout Africa, Europe and North America. He served on the Tuzla City Council from 2004 to 2006 and has continued to work with public policy institutions such as the British Council. His work within the city administration involved managing and improving the city’s international relations, social cohesion and youth policy. Mr. Mesic is also a special advisor to Brainswork, a Vienna/Louisville-based sustainable development network. He spends his free time learning and teaching languages from Aramaic to Yiddish and Inuktitut.