Alan Tieger


Senior Trial Lawyer, Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), 1995-1997; 2001-present

An interview with Alan Tieger, conducted on 22 May 2015 in The Hague by David P. Briand and Linda Carter.

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Interview content

In his interview, Mr. Tieger reminisces about the role of US legal practitioners in early days of Tribunal; drafting the first ICTY arrest warrant; the initiative of Hanne Sophie Greve to finance a world-wide investigation of Duško Tadić; perspectives on media coverage of the Tadić trial; the role of Carla Del Ponte in shifting the Tribunal's investigative paradigm; the necessity of lawyer-controlled investigations; and the unnerving experience of investigating in Prijedor.  He discusses the coming together of adversarial and inquisitorial systems at the Tribunal; differences in investigations between the US Department of Justice and the Tribunal; methods of evidence collection; the prosecutorial “funnel approach” of presenting evidence to Judges in Tadić; meeting expectations placed on the Tribunal; and changes he has observed over his many years of working at the Tribunal.

Biographical information

Alan Tieger received his BA degree from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1972 and his JD degree from Santa Clara University in 1975. He served as a federal prosecutor in the Civil Rights Division Criminal Section of the United States Department of Justice from 1987 to 1994, prosecuting cases of racial violence and police brutality nationwide, including the Rodney King case. In 1994, he was seconded by the Justice Department to serve until the end of 1996 as a Trial Attorney in the newly-formed Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. He returned to the Tribunal in 2001, where he continues to serve as a Senior Prosecuting Trial Attorney. Mr. Tieger has the distinction of having been involved in both the ICTY's first trial of Duško Tadić and the Tribunal's final trial of Ratko Mladić. He also served as Senior Prosecuting Trial Attorney in Prosecutor v. Karadžić, Prosecutor v. Krajišnik, Prosecutor v. Plavšić, Prosecutor v. Gotovina, et al. and Prosecutor v. Mrda.