Essa M. Faal
Essa Mbye Faal is a Gambian legal practitioner currently working as the Lead Counsel to the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) of the Gambia. Essa has an extensive legal career spanning over two decades in which he worked on some of the most complex cases dealing with International Criminal Law in the world. He started his legal career at the Attorney General’s Chambers in 1994 where he worked until December 1997. Following The Gambia’s election to the UN Security Council, Essa was appointed as First Secretary to The Gambia’s Permanent Mission in New York in January 1998 to be responsible for the legal work of the mission in the UN. In 2000, Essa was appointed as a UN Judicial Affairs Officer and deployed to East Timor as part of the UN Transitional Administration of the newly independent country. Essa rose through the ranks and became the Deputy General Prosecutor and later Chief of Prosecution for the Serious Crimes Unit that was responsible for the prosecution of crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in East Timor. In 2005, Essa was head hunted to lead the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) investigation into the genocide in Darfur, Sudan. Essa led the Darfur investigations culminating into the first indictment. As Lead Counsel of the TRRC, in 2019, Essa is directing and supervising the TRRC investigations and assisting the public hearings of the Commission in which victims, witnesses and perpetrators are brought before the Commission to testify in hearings that have gripped national attention.