James Farrant, LCDR
International Military Professor
International Law Department
Lt Cdr James Farrant joined the Navy in 1998 as a Logistics (or ‘Supply’) Officer. He has held a variety of sea and shore appointments as a logistician and was selected to become a naval barrister in 2005. After completing pupillage at 18 Red Lion Court in 2007-8, he took up an appointment on the staff of the Director of Service Prosecutions. He has prosecuted and defended in numerous criminal matters including fraud, violence/disorder, sexual assault and various Armed Forces-only offences. His most recent appointment was as the Director of Naval Legal Services’ lead legal adviser for the Northern Region (which includes Scotland, Northern Ireland and Northern England). He is the Royal Navy’s first exchange officer in the International Law Department of the US Naval War College. His areas of legal practice include: the law of the sea, the law of armed conflict, English criminal law and English administrative law.
As a logistics officer, James gained experience of maritime security operations in the Northern Arabian Gulf and counter-piracy operations off Somalia while serving in HMS Bulwark. Bulwark was also part of the Operation Highbrow task force which conducted the evacuation of displaced personnel from Beirut during hostilities in 2006. Promoted Lieutenant Commander in 2009, he served as the Logistics Officer of HMS Cumberland from January 2010 until September 2011. Cumberland also deployed on maritime security operations in the Arabian Gulf and on counter-piracy operations off Somalia. En route back to the UK, Cumberland was re-tasked to conduct the evacuation of civilian personnel from Benghazi in Libya during the Arab Spring uprisings in February 2011, and thereafter to take part in the NATO mission to enforce UN Security Council Resolutions 1970 and 1973 off the coast of Libya (Operations Deference and Ellamy respectively).
Awards and Publications
2001 Elected Scholar, Churchill College, Cambridge (1st class honours in Part 1B Law tripos examinations)
2002 Senior Sub Lieutenant, Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth
2006 Operation TELIC (Iraq) Campaign Medal
2007 Everard Ver Heyden Prize for academic achievement (Inns of Court School of Law)
2007 Commander Stephen Taylor Royal Navy Trophy for highest academic achievement among naval legal students
2007 Gray’s Inn USA Moot Tour Representative
2007 Lee Essay Prize (Gray’s Inn)
2008 Associate Research Fellow (Brunel University Law School)
2009 Article: International Criminal Law Review 2009, Volume 9, No 5, 833-854: James Farrant: Is the Extra-territorial Application of the Human Rights Act Really Justified?
2012 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal
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