Brian Farrell

Brian Farrell (2)
Lecturer in Law, Director, Citizen Lawyer Program and Associate Director, Center for Human Rights

Professor Brian Farrell teaches international law, criminal law, and human rights courses. He is Director of the Citizen Lawyer Program, Associate Director of the UI Center for Human Rights, and was a co-founder of the Innocence Project of Iowa. Professor Farrell also serves as an adjunct lecturer at the National University of Ireland Galway and is a member of the Iowa Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission.

Professor Farrell received his JD from the University of Iowa and his LLM and PhD from the National University of Ireland Galway. Before joining Iowa Law, he practiced law in Iowa and Georgia. In 2012 he was selected as a Fulbright Senior Lecturer and taught at Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski in Bulgaria. His book, Habeas Corpus in International Law, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2017.

Practice and Teaching: 

  • International Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Human Rights


  • BA, St. Ambrose University, 1995
  • JD, University of Iowa College of Law, 1998
  • LLM, National University of Ireland, Galway, 2002
  • PhD, National University of Ireland, Galway, 2014