Gregory Townsend teaches UCLA Law in The Hague, an externship program in The Hague, the Netherlands.

A practitioner with 20 years’ experience in international criminal law, Townsend is currently a Lecturer at The Hague University of Applied Sciences, and Professor of Practice at Brandeis University, based in The Hague. He also serves on the International Criminal Court’s Advisory Committee on Legal Texts.

He was previously Chief of the Court Support Section and Senior Legal Officer for the UN International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT) and UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). He also served as Senior Legal Officer for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, and Special Court for Sierra Leone. He was also a Trial Attorney for the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and for the UN Interim Administration in Kosovo.

Townsend received his B.A. from UCLA, his M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University, his D.E.S. from IUHEI, Université de Genève, and his J.D. from Loyola Law School where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Loyola Los Angeles International & Comparative Law Review.

Townsend’s publications include a book chapter in International Prosecutors (Oxford University Press, 2012) and his articles have appeared in the Loyola Los Angeles International Law ReviewHague Justice JournalAmerican Society International Law Insight, and International Criminal Law Review among others.


  • B.A. UCLA, 1988
  • M.A.L.D. Fletcher School, Tufts University, 1992
  • D.E.S. IUHEI, Université de Genève, 1993
  • J.D. Loyola Law School, 1996