Siri Frigaard

Former Chief Prosecutor, Norway

Former Chief Prosecutor of Norway and former Director of the Norwegian National Authority for Prosecution of Organized and Other Serious Crimes

Former Chief Prosecutor of Norway and former Director of the Norwegian National Authority for Prosecution of Organized and Other Serious Crimes

Siri Frigaard is a global expert in the prosecution of war crimes and crimes against humanity. She is a former Chief Public Prosecutor of Norway and the former Director of the Norwegian National Authority for Prosecution of Organized and Other Serious Crime. The latter investigates and prosecutes core international crimes, such as war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity, as well as terrorism, sexual abuse of children on the internet, computer crime and organised crime. Since its establishment in 2005, Siri Frigaard headed this institution until 2014. Prior to this, she was the Deputy Director of the National Investigation Service.

In 1990, Frigaard was appointed Senior Prosecutor and in 1993, she became the Deputy Director for the regional prosecution office in Oslo. Moreover, she served as Assistant Chief of Police and prosecutor with the Oslo Police Department, where she focused on the investigation of the organised trafficking of drugs.

Siri Frigaard served as the Deputy General Prosecutor for Serious Crimes in East Timor with the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) and United Nations Mission of Support in East Timer (UNMISET). There, she was in charge of the investigation and prosecution of serious crimes committed in the country prior to 24 October 1999. In the period of June 1999 to October 2001, she served as a prosecutor and legal adviser to the General Prosecutor of Albania.

Siri Frigaard is an internationally recognised criminal law expert and specialist in investigating and prosecuting special international crimes. She is dedicated to strengthening justice and the rule of law, and fighting impunity for the most serious crimes. She has experience with teaching and has trained judges and prosecutors from Turkey and Kazakhstan in investigating and prosecuting cases of torture.

During her career, she represented Norway in different committees in the European Council in Strasbourg and in the Baltic Sea Cooperation and served as member of different international organisations. From January 2002 until May 2003, she was deputy general prosecutor for serious crimes in East Timor, in charge of the investigation and prosecution of the crimes committed in 1999. She also served as a prosecutor and special legal adviser to the general prosecutor of Albania from June 1999 to October 2001. From 2008 to 2014 she was a member of the Norwegian Parliament’s Accountability Select Committee.

Currently, she is a member of the International Criminal Law Services (ICLS), the International Association of Prosecutors (IAP), as well as of the advisory committee of the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ).