Tyler Giannini

Tyler Giannini


Website: http://www.law.harvard.edu/faculty/directory/index.html?id=671

Tyler Giannini is the Clinical Director of HRP and a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School. Prior to joining HLS, he was a founder and director of EarthRights International (ERI), an organization at the forefront of efforts to link human rights and environmental protection. Giannini spent a decade in Thailand with ERI conducting fact-finding investigations and groundbreaking corporate accountability litigation. He served as co-counsel in the landmark Doe v. Unocal case, a precedent-setting Alien Tort Statute (ATS) suit about the Yadana gas pipeline in Burma, which successfully settled in 2005. He is currently co-counsel in In re South African Apartheid Litigation, a major ATS case that seeks to hold multinationals liable for their support of human rights violations committed by the apartheid state. He is also co-counsel in Mamani v. Sánchez de Lozada, which brings claims against the former Bolivian president and defense minister related to a 2003 civilian massacre. Giannini has authored numerous amicus curiae briefs including, in 2010, two to the United States Supreme Court in Samantar v. Yousuf and Presbyterian Church of Sudan v. Talisman. He has authored numerous publications and reports including Prosecuting Apartheid-Era Crimes? A South African Dialogue on Justice (Harvard University Press, 2009) (with Susan Farbstein, et al.); “Confronting a Rising Tide: A Proposal for a Convention on Climate Change Refugees,” 33 Harv. Env. L. Rev. 349 (2009) (with Bonnie Docherty); Crimes in Burma (2009) (with Julianne Stevenson, et al.); Down River: The Consequences of Vietnam’s Se San River Dams on Life in Cambodia and Their Meaning in International Law (2005) (with Eric Rutkow and Cori Crider); and Earth Rights: Linking the Quests for Human Rights and Environmental Protection (1999) (with Jed Greer). Giannini holds graduate degrees in law and foreign policy from the University of Virginia, where he was a member of the law review. He is a member of the Virginia State Bar and speaks Thai.

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Did Kiobel Get Nuremberg Wrong?

This post was jointly authored with Susan Farbstein, a fellow contributor at The Cockle Bur. Can a corporation be held civilly liable under international law for supplying poison gas to the modern equivalent of the Nazis to commit crimes against humanity?  According to a federal appeals court in New York, the answer is no—a deeply [...]

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