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The Deputy Prosecutor

Norman Farrell
Deputy Prosecutor of the Tribunal since 1 July 2008
Born on 23 April 1959 in Canada

Before his appointment as Deputy Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, Norman Farrell was the Principal Legal Officer in the ICTY’s Office of the Prosecutor, a post he held from 2005.

Previously, he was the Senior Appeals Counsel and Head of the Appeals Section in the Office of the Prosecutor for both the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) and the ICTY. Mr. Farrell joined the ICTR and ICTY’s Office of the Prosecutor in 1999, as Appeals Counsel.

From 1996 to 1999, he worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in several capacities: as a Delegate and Coordinator in charge of the dissemination of International Humanitarian Law in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina; a Legal Advisor on International Humanitarian Law in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; and an Advisor on International Criminal Law and International Humanitarian Law in Geneva, Switzerland. From 1988 until 1996 he was Crown Counsel (Criminal Division) with the Attorney General for the Province of Ontario, in Toronto, Canada.

Mr. Farrell has been a visiting scholar at the International Studies Centre, Queens University Law School in Herstmonceux, England and a trainer and lecturer at a series of training seminars on International Humanitarian Law for Judges and/or Prosecutors from Indonesia, Sierra Leone and Cambodia. He has also lectured at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy and for a number of years taught courses at the Pearson International Peacekeeping Training Centre in Canada. Mr. Farrell holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from Columbia University, New York, United States of America.