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Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum: Vermont Law Expert Available to Comment

October 1, 2012

SOUTH ROYALTON, Vt.—Human rights expert Stephanie Farrior, a Vermont Law School professor and former legal director of Amnesty International, is available to comment on today's arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum.Image of Stephanie Farrior

The case, which tests whether U.S. courts can hold accountable those accused of violating human rights in foreign countries, involves a lawsuit filed by Nigerian nationals against European oil companies for aiding the Nigerian military in killing and torturing civilians who protested oil exploration in Nigeria.

Farrior is director of Vermont Law's International and Comparative Law Programs and a co-founder of the Center for Justice and Accountability, which helps survivors of torture and other severe human rights abuses hold the perpetrators accountable through the Alien Tort Statute and other laws. Her faculty bio: http://www.vermontlaw.edu/Our_Faculty/Faculty_Directory/Stephanie_Farrior.htm

CONTACT:   John Cramer, Associate Director of Media Relations, Vermont Law School

Office: 802-831-1106, cell: 540-798-7099, home: 802-649-2235, jcramer@vermontlaw.edu

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