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Stephanie Farrior

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Professor of Law, Director of International and Comparative Law Programs and the Center for Applied Human Rights

LLM, Harvard Law School;
JD, American University;
MA, University of Pennsylvania;
LHD (honoris causa), Macalester College;
BA, Macalester College


Professor Farrior is on sabbatical leave from July 2014 to June 2015 and is spending part of this time as a Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford.

Professor Stephanie Farrior is a prominent academic and activist in the field of international human rights. She is former legal director and general counsel of Amnesty International, the worldwide human rights organization. Based at its International Secretariat in London, she oversaw Amnesty International's legal work during the Pinochet extradition hearings, met with then-U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan on a range of issues, and worked closely with numerous United Nations human rights bodies.

Professor Farrior's scholarly research focuses on the role and functioning of international organizations in protecting human rights, issues relating to identity-based discrimination, and state accountability for human rights abuses by non-state actors. Her work has been published in Oxford, Harvard, Columbia, and Berkeley law journals and has been cited by several U.N. special experts in their studies and reports to the United Nations.

Professor Farrior is a Counsellor and member of the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law (ASIL) and Chair of the Section on International Law of the American Association of Law Schools. She has been a visiting scholar at Georgetown University Law Center and has taught international law courses at Oxford, George Washington, American, and Pennsylvania State universities.

Professor Farrior delivered the Roger S. Aaron Endowed Lecture at Dartmouth College, and the 4th Annual Owen M. Kupferschmid Lecture at Boston College Law School.  She has also presented at Chatham House; Harvard, Columbia, New York University, Virginia, Michigan, Cornell and Georgetown law schools;  the Institute for Advanced Legal Study at the University of London; Maastricht University, Ryukoku University, the Japan Federation of Bar Associations, and the Osaka Bar Association.

She has served as a mission delegate on Amnesty missions to India, Malawi, Pakistan, and Yemen and has participated in policy-making conferences on international human rights in Cape Town, Ljubljana, London, Oslo, Paris, and Yokohama. She also works on using international human rights standards in advocacy for racial and economic justice in the United States. She co-founded the Amnesty International Lawyers Network and served on the founding board of directors of the Center for Justice and Accountability, which helps survivors of torture and other severe human rights abuses hold the perpetrators accountable.

Born in Bangkok, Professor Farrior grew up there and in Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo and Washington D.C. She has also lived in Athens, Avignon, and London. She speaks French, Greek, Japanese and some Spanish.