The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences

VT Law School Professor to Discuss "The Role of Law in International Human Rights Advocacy" on 11/16 at 4:30 PM

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Survivors of torture seeking to hold a former head of state accountable; an investigation into deaths in police custody; a community surrounded by a toxic soup of chemical contaminants turning to international organizations for help; efforts to strengthen U.N. action on the rights of LGBT people. What role has international law played in these and other human rights initiatives? What have been some of the limits of this law? Professor Stephanie Farrior will share observations from more than 25 years of international human rights advocacy.


  • International law in action: Law and rights in Yemen / A death penalty dialogue in Malawi / Using “soft law” in India / The Pinochet Case
  • Invoking international standards in the U.S.: Domestic violence / Environmental justice
  • Challenges for advocates: Competing claims regarding religion, culture and tradition / Non-state actors and the Westphalian myth

Stephanie Farrior is Professor of Law and Director of International and Comparative Law Programs at Vermont Law School. She has taught international law courses at Oxford, George Washington, American, and Pennsylvania State universities, and was a Visiting Scholar at Georgetown and Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School.

Professor Farrior is former Legal Director and general counsel of Amnesty International (AI), based at its International Secretariat in London. She oversaw AI's legal work during the Pinochet extradition hearings, met with then-UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, and worked closely with numerous United Nations human rights bodies.

Her research focuses on issues of discrimination, state responsibility for human rights abuses by non-state actors, and the work of international human rights monitoring bodies. Her work has been published in Harvard, Columbia, and Berkeley law journals, and been cited by several UN experts in their reports to the United Nations.

We hope to see you on November 16, 2011 at 4:30 pm in Room 028, Silsby Hall, Dartmouth College for "The Role of Law in International Human Rights Advocacy" with Stephanie Farrior.  This program is the Roger S. Aaron '64 Lecture, and is co-sponsored by the Dartmouth Legal Studies Faculty Group and the Dartmouth Lawyers Association.

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