Susan H. Farbstein

Susan H. Farbstein

Clinical Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Co-Director, International Human Rights Clinic
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Susan Farbstein is the Co-Director of the International Human Rights Clinic and a Clinical Professor at Harvard Law School, where she has taught since 2008. Her current work focuses on Southern Africa, transitional justice, accountability litigation, community lawyering, and economic, social, and cultural rights. She is an expert on South Africa, having worked on a variety of human rights and transitional justice issues in that country for more than fifteen years. Her writing has been published in scholarly journals including the Harvard Law Review and the Harvard International Law Journal, as well as popular media outlets including The New York Times and SCOTUSBlog. In 2015 she was selected by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as one of the Commonwealth’s "Top Women of Law." In 2018 she was selected by the Harvard Women’s Law Association as a "Woman Inspiring Change."
 
Farbstein serves as co-counsel in Mamani v. Sanchez de Lozada, a landmark case in which a federal jury found the former Bolivia president and minister of defense liable for extrajudicial killings carried out by the Bolivian military in 2003. She also participated in litigating Wiwa v. Shell, which charged Shell with complicity in the torture and killing of non-violent Nigerian activists in the 1990s and successfully settled in 2009. For her work as a member of the Wiwa legal team, Farbstein was honored as finalist for the 2010 Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year Award. She was also co-counsel in In re South African Apartheid Litigation, a suit against major multinational corporations for aiding and abetting human rights violations committed by the apartheid state.

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