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Brian Farrell

Position: Associate Director

Phone: 319-335-8273

Brian is a Lecturer in Law and Human Rights and Associate Director of the Center. He teaches international law, criminal law, and human rights courses, and is the author of numerous publications on international law, human rights, criminal law, and legal education. Brian received his JD with distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1998 and earned his LLM and PhD in international human rights law from the National University of Ireland Galway in 2002 and 2014, respectively.

Following a judicial clerkship in Iowa, Brian practiced law in Iowa and Georgia, focusing on criminal defense, appeals, and post-conviction relief. He is a co-founder and president of the Innocence Project of Iowa. Brian has served as a contributor to the Oxford Reports on International Criminal Law, a consultant to the Harvard School of Public Health’s Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research, and a human rights field researcher in Israel and the West Bank.

In 2012, Brian was selected as a Fulbright Senior Lecturer and taught for a semester at Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski in Bulgaria. He is an active member of the American, Iowa State, Linn County, and Jackson County Bar Associations and is a frequent continuing legal education presenter. In addition to his work with the Center, Brian is director of the law school’s Citizen Lawyer Program which coordinates student pro bono work and professional identity programming.