LLM, Harvard Law School;
JD, American University;
MA, University of Pennsylvania;
LHD (honoris causa), Macalester College;
BA, Macalester College
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. She also writes on using international human rights standards in advocacy for racial and economic justice in the United States, a subject on which the NAACP invited her to speak at its 2004 annual convention.
A Counsellor and member of the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law (ASIL), 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. She also delivered the fourth annual Owen M. Kupferschmid Lecture at Boston College Law School, on “International Human Rights Mechanisms to Combat Racial Discrimination: An Assessment,” and the Roger S. Aaron Endowed Lecture at Dartmouth College, on "The Role of Law in International Human Rights Advocacy."
Professor Farrior has conducted human rights visits 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 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.