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Human Rights Case in Supreme Court: Vermont Law School Expert Available to Comment

February 28, 2012

SOUTH ROYALTON, Vt. -- Vermont Law School Professor Stephanie Farrior, an international human rights expert and former legal director of Amnesty International, is available to comment on today's U.S. Supreme Court case involving Royal Dutch Shell Oil, which is accused of aiding and abetting the Nigerian government in committing atrocities in the 1990s.

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"This is one of the most important human rights cases before the Supreme Court in years," said Farrior, who oversaw Amnesty International's legal work during the Pinochet extradition hearings and helped to found the Center for Justice and Accountability, which helps survivors of torture and other severe human rights abuses hold their persecutors accountable.

At issue in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum is whether foreign nationals in the United States can sue corporations or other entities in U.S. courts under the Alien Tort Statute for alleged violations of human rights committed abroad. The case has potential ramifications for American and international law and for corporate responsibility for human rights around the globe.

CONTACT: John Cramer, Associate Director of Media Relations, Vermont Law School
Office: 802.831.1106, cell: 540.798.7099, home: 802.649.2235,

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