David Falces

Chief of Information Technology at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (1994-2010); ICTY Chief of Administration (2010 to present)

falcesAn interview with David Falces, conducted on 27 May 2015 in The Hague by David P. Briand and Leigh Swigart.

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Interview content

In his interview, Mr. Falces reminisces about driving through sniper territory en route to Belgrade from Zagreb for a peacekeeping operations job; the state of the building that the ICTY initially cohabited; the evolution in how the Tribunal dealt with large amounts of data and evidence; the impact of a large number of Americans who were seconded by the American government to the ICTY; the introduction of Realtime Transcription into the ICTY courtroom; disinterest in the trials by populations in the Balkans due to the lack of frequently exciting events. He discusses the variety of tasks that he assumed at the Tribunal; technological advancements in the courtroom to show evidence and aid people in following testimony; the expensive transition from tapes to digital format for the court recordings; how other international courts have imitated the technological practices of the ICTY due to its success; and digitization of all forms of documentation at the Tribunal as a means of preservation.

Biographical information

David Falces was born in 1960 in Hanford, Washington, USA. He received his Bachelor's of Science in Chemistry from the University of California-Davis. He worked as an Information Technology Consultant from 1984 to 1989, and then held various positions at the United Nations, including Associate Finance Officer in the Transition Assistance Group (1989 to 1990), Associate EDP Officer of the UN Mission in Central America (1990 to 1991), and Associate Administrative Officer of UN Peacekeeping Operations (1992 to 1994). He joined the ICTY as Chief of Information Technology in 1994 and held this position until 2010. At that time, he became ICTY Chief of Administration.