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. 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 issues of discrimination based on race, sex, and sexual orientation or gender identity; state responsibility for human rights abuses by non-state actors; the work of international human rights monitoring bodies; and issues at the intersection of human rights and the environment. Her work has been published in Oxford, Harvard, Columbia, and Berkeley law journals and has been cited by several U.N. experts in their studies and reports to the United Nations.
Professor Farrior was a Visiting Fellow, University of Oxford, Kellogg College in 2014-2015. She was a Visiting Scholar at Georgetown University Law Center, and has taught international law courses at Oxford, George Washington, American, and Pennsylvania State universities. She has served as Chair of the Section on International Law of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS), and as Counsellor and member of the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law (ASIL).
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.
- Volume I: Development of International Human Rights Law (David Weissbrodt, Fionnuala D. Ní Aoláin and Mary Rumsey, eds.)
- Volume II: Equality and Non-Discrimination Under International Law (Stephanie Farrior, ed.,)
- Volume III: Challenges to Human Rights Law (Menno Kamminga, ed.)
- Volume IV: The United Nations System for Protecting Human Rights (Dinah Shelton, ed.)
- Volume V: Regional Human Rights Systems (Christina Cerna, ed.)
US Strategies for Eliminating Sexual Violence against Women, 6 TEXAS JOURNAL OF WOMEN AND THE LAW 273 (1997) (invited paper; symposium issue)
Landmark Hate Speech Case Decided by European Court of Human Rights, 1995 ACLU INTERNATIONAL CIVIL LIBERTIES REPORT 1
Vermont Law School. From Then to Now: The Early Years in International Advocacy for LGBTI Rights and the Evolution to Today, at conference "Global Activism on LGBTI Issues." South Royalton VT, April 2012
Vermont Law School. International Advocacy for LGBTI Rights: The Early Years, and the Evolution to Today, at conference Global Activism on LGBTI Issues. South Royalton, VT, April 2012
Awards & Accomplishments
Awards, Honors or Grants
Elected a Visiting Fellow of the University of Oxford, Kellogg College for the 2014-2015 academic year
- the prohibited bases of discrimination in international law
- the international law against impunity
- the domestic effect of treaty provisions
- analysis of reservations to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
- US ratification of ICCPR and CERD
- international law on incitement to racial or religious hatred