New Appointments: Farbstein and Konschnik
Farbstein named assistant clinical professor of law
Susan Farbstein ’04, a leading practitioner in the field of human rights, has been appointed assistant clinical professor and co-director of the International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School.
Recognized as a national figure in Alien Tort Statute litigation, an expert on South Africa, and a leader on transitional justice and its relationship to human rights, Farbstein is a co-author, with HLS Clinical Professor Tyler Giannini, of several books, including “Prosecuting Apartheid-Era Crimes? A South African Dialogue on Justice” (Harvard University Press, 2009), “The Alien Tort Statute and Corporate Liability” (University of Pennsylvania Law Review, 2011), and “Corporate Accountability in Conflict Zones” (Harvard International Law Journal Online, 2010).
A lecturer on law at the clinic since 2009, Farbstein was named associate clinical director in 2011. Her current clinical practice includes an examination of the social and political tensions in Thailand that erupted into violence in 2010, and an investigation into human rights abuses committed by the Burmese military.
Prior to joining the clinic, Farbstein clerked for the Honorable Morris E. Lasker of the Southern District of New York. She also worked at the Cape Town, South Africa, office of the International Center for Transitional Justice.
In addition to her J.D., she holds an M.Phil. in international relations from the University of Cambridge, where she was a fellow of the Cambridge Overseas Trust. She received her A.B. in international affairs and public policy from Princeton University, where she was a Woodrow Wilson Scholar and a member of the President’s Standing Committee on the Status of Women.
A new policy director for the Environmental Law Program
Kate Konschnik, chief environmental counsel to U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), will join HLS on Aug. 1 as policy director for the Environmental Law and Policy Program. She currently serves as staff director for the Oversight Subcommittee on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. For seven years, she worked in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division as an environmental enforcement trial attorney, representing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and other federal agencies in litigation involving the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the federal Superfund program, and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. She holds a B.A. in political science from Tufts University and a J.D. from UC Hastings College of the Law.