James Freda is an attorney and human rights officer in the United Nations Office of the Special Representative to the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict. His work aims at increasing UN Member States' capacity to provide rule of law responses to conflict-related sexual violence. He also advises the Office on its interactions with international tribunals.
Prior to his entry into public service, James was a senior associate in the international arbitration group of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP where he provided legal counsel in both investor-state and commercial disputes under the ICSID, UNCITRAL, ICC and AAA (ICDR) Rules and litigated cases before the European Court of Human Rights. His legal experience includes representing sovereigns, multinational corporations and global humanitarian organizations in over US$ 20 billion worth of disputes in cases involving five continents. He is a graduate of Cornell University Law School and Boston College and is admitted to practice law in the State of New York.