Brian Farrell directs the College of Law’s Citizen Lawyer Program and academic support program, is an associate director of the Center for Human Rights, and coordinates the College’s undergraduate LEX Living-Learning Community.
He also teaches international law and human rights courses to law and undergraduate students.
He is co-founder and president of the Innocence Project of Iowa.
During law school Brian served as an associate editor of the Journal of Corporation Law and co-captain of the Chicago Moot Court Team.
Following a clerkship with the Iowa District Court for the Seventh Judicial District, he practiced law in Iowa and Georgia. His practice experience focused on criminal defense, appeals, and post-conviction relief. He has published numerous articles in the areas of international human rights law and humanitarian law and is a frequent continuing legal education speaker. He has contributed to the Oxford Reports on International Criminal Law, served as a consultant to the Harvard School of Public Health’s Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research, and conducted human rights field research in the Middle East.
In 2012, he was selected by the Department of State and the Bulgarian-American Commission for Educational Exchange as a Fulbright Senior Lecturer in the law faculty at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” where he taught a wrongful convictions course and lectured on human rights topics.
He is an active member of the American, Iowa State, Linn County, and Jackson County Bar Associations.
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, 2013