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Paul Bradfield

Paul Bradfield, BA, LLB, LLM, Barrister-at-Law

Paul Bradfield is a graduate of NUI Galway (BA, LLB), University College Cork (LLM in Criminal Justice), the Honorable Society of Kings Inns (BL), and is a doctoral candidate at the Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUI Galway.

After being called to the bar in 2009, Paul was a Defence lawyer at the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague, and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) in Arusha, Tanzania. He helped to represent Milivoj Petković and Radovan Karadžić at the ICTY, and Idelphonse Nizeyimana at the ICTR, each accused of various counts of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.

Away from the courts, in 2012, Paul went to northern Uganda to work for the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights as an Irish Aid UN Volunteer. There, he worked on a variety of peacebuilding and transitional justice issues. In 2013, Paul worked for Irish Rule of Law International in Lilongwe, Malawi as a Programe Lawyer. Based in the Legal Aid Department, his worked to increase access to bail for adult and juvenile detainees on long-term remand, as well as training local Magistrates.

From 2013-2018, Paul worked as a lawyer for the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in the Hague, working on cases from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda. In this role, he was a courtroom advocate in the Dominic Ongwen case, questioning witnesses in course of the trial.

In 2016, Paul was awarded a NUI Travelling Studentship to fund his doctoral research, which examines the use of amnesty as a response to the civil war in northern Uganda. As part of this research, he conducted fieldwork in Uganda, interviewing former combatants in the Lord’s Resistance Army and the communities in which they live. He has presented his findings at the American Society of International Law in New York, and at Harvard Law School, where he was a Visiting Researcher in spring 2019. Paul’s research has also been published in the Journal of International Criminal Justice and the International Criminal Law Review.