Chris Engels

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Chris Engels

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Chris Engels is Director for Investigations and Operations at the Commission for International Justice and Accountability (CIJA), in which capacity he oversees the organization’s criminal investigations across multiple countries in conflict.

Previously, he was Head of Section for the U.S. DOS/INL funded Justice Sector Support Project-Afghanistan. He also served as Co-Chair of the Criminal Law Committee, which advised the Afghan Government on new criminal legislation. Also in Afghanistan, he supported war crimes investigations, first as a lead advisor to the Afghan government team investigating past war crimes and later to the Attorney General Office's International Crimes Directorate. He was part of the team that established the War Crimes Chamber in Bosnia and Herzegovina and served as one of the section directors there. Amongst other international posts, he was acting Deputy Head of the Defense Section at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal as well as Head of Rule of Law for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina, where he provided technical support to relevant governmental institutions on war crimes, hate crimes, and violent extremism. He also worked in the UNMIK Office of the Legal Advisor during the period immediately prior to and following Kosovo’s independence, where he focused on security and criminal justice issues. Engels holds a BA from Mississippi College, a JD from the University of California-Davis and a MA from Brown University. He is a member of the Mississippi Bar.

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