Michael Johnson is a Senior Justice Advisor at ISSAT and before that was a Senior Fellow for Law and Missions in the Deputy Director’s Office of DCAF. He has extensive experience as a senior advisor, project director, and evaluation expert in rule of law reform, governance and development projects in the Asia-Pacific, South Asia, the Balkans, and East and South Africa for, among others, the Australian Government, UNDP, and the US Department of State. Most recently he served as a Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy in Berlin researching the promulgation of standards governing professional competence for rule of law development professionals. From 2004-2006, Mr. Johnson was the chief project manager and International Registrar for the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina, where he managed the establishment of the first sustainable national level War Crimes Chamber in Bosnia and Herzegovina under international standards of fair trial and due process of law. Mr. Johnson was appointed the Chief of Prosecution for the United Nations, International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in 2001 and concurrently, the Acting Deputy Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) in 2002.
Prior to entering international practice Mr. Johnson was an elected state prosecutor in the United States from 1982 to 2001 and a member of the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association, Chair of the National Criminal Justice Standards review process, and an officer on the ABA Criminal Justice Council. He has been active on the boards of numerous professional and non-profit organizations, nationally and internationally, for over three decades. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Texas, at Austin, and a Jurist Doctorate from Catholic University, Columbus School of Law, in Washington, D.C.