Brigadier Michael Griffin AM
Brigadier Michael (“Mick”) Griffin, now Australian Director of Military Prosecutions is a soldier and a lawyer who has served in the Australian Military for almost 40 years. As part of his distinguished legal career spanning over 25 years, he sat on the Australian Crime Commission, the Veterans’ Review Board, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, the Migration Review Tribunal and the Refugee Review Tribunal. He has conducted well over a thousand hearings as presiding officer, in both inquisitorial and adversarial legal proceedings, in Australia and overseas and has written hundreds of published decisions in this judicial role. Michael was appointed as Foreign Attorney Consultant to the US Military Commissions at the request of an Australian citizen, Mr. Hicks, and appeared before the Commissions in Washington and Guantanamo Bay from 2005 until Mr. Hick’s release in 2007. He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2009.
Mick’s role in the project was as principal facilitator of the workshops with the Military and Police in Sri Lanka and Nepal. His standing as a senior member of the Military allowed him to approach this task and gain legitimacy amongst his peers in a uniquely effective and powerful manner.