Carolyn Edgerton is a Canadian lawyer with three decades of experience in domestic and international criminal investigations and prosecutions, the greatest part within the service of the United Nations as a Legal Officer and Trial Attorney at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Carolyn was the component team leader responsible for all aspects of the investigation, pre-trial preparation and courtroom presentation of evidence in the trial of former Bosnian Serb president Radovan Karadžić for crimes related to the shelling and sniping of civilians in Sarajevo. She was a member of the investigations and trial teams in cases against leading political and military figures for crimes related to the conflict in the former Yugoslavia, including Galić, Krajišnik, Slobodan Milošević, Dragomir Milošević, Perišić, Milutinović et al., and Mladić.
Her hands-on field experience began in early 1991 with the investigation of allegations of mass atrocities in post-Soviet Lithuania, as a lawyer with the Canadian Justice Department’s Crimes Against Humanities and War Crimes Unit. Carolyn has since worked extensively in the Balkans, Rwanda, throughout much of the European Union and North America, and most recently, in The Gambia. She has interviewed, examined and cross-examined scores of victims and other witnesses.
Driven by a commitment to justice and building the rule of law through education, training and mentorship, Carolyn now focusses on sharing her knowledge and expertise on international criminal, humanitarian and human rights law and best practice with national and local criminal justice and human rights actors, to strengthen their responses to violence. Despite being home-based as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, she has recently completed projects with and for beneficiaries in the Republic of Georgia, Afghanistan, and Gambia.