- Associate Professor of Law
Associate Professor Jennifer M. Green joined the faculty in the fall of 2009 from her positions as senior staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and adjunct professor at the International Women’s Human Rights Law Clinic, City University of New York School of Law. She specializes in international and international human rights law, and in litigation in U.S. courts and the international legal systems.
Previously, she was clinical project supervisor and administrative director of Harvard Law School’s Human Rights Program (HRP), where she supervised summer internships and students’ clinical and research projects on human rights advocacy, wrote and edited HRP publications, and served as an adviser in the visiting fellows program and for the Harvard Human Rights Journal.
Professor Green received the Yale Law School Orville Schell Center for International Human Rights fellowship and the Mark DeWolfe Howe fellowship and served as editor of the Harvard Human Rights Journal at Harvard Law School, where she completed her J.D. in 1991. She received her B.A. in political science, international relations, and women’s studies with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1984.
She has worked on human rights cases in U.S. courts since 1990, including the groundbreaking Doe v. Karadzic, which found the leader of the Bosnian Serbs civilly liable for sexual violence, genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. Another important case, Doe v. Unocal, established the principle that U.S. corporations could be sued under the Alien Tort Claims Act for complicity in human rights violations. Other cases have included Doe v. Constant for Haitian women and successful actions against former leaders and officials from Ethiopia, Guatemala, Haiti, and Indonesia. Recently, a case that she initiated in 1996 in her capacity with CCR, Wiwa v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, was concluded with a $15.5 million settlement for the families of activists murdered in Nigeria.
She has also worked on international human rights claims, in particular, gender claims, in international fora, including amicus curiae briefs in cases before the International Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. She has done additional advocacy work before the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, other U.N. bodies, and the Inter-American human rights system.
Professor Green has worked or volunteered with numerous organizations, including providing counseling at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, representing prisoners in the Harvard Prison Legal Assistance Project, and offering legal services at the Cambridge-area Refugee and Immigration Clinic and Harvard’s Mediation Project. She drafted appeals for victims of human rights abuses through the International Commission of Jurists, Geneva, and wrote and spoke on human rights through the Free Legal Assistance Group and the Church Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines. She is a long-time member of Amnesty International and currently a legal advisor to the Center for Justice and Accountability.
- International Human Rights Litigation in U.S. Courts (Martinus Nijhoff, 2d ed., 2008)
- Against War with Iraq: An Anti-war Primer (Seven Stories Press, 2003)
- Guide to Human Rights Research (Harvard Human Rights Program, Harvard Law School, 1994)
- Litigating International Human Rights Claims of Sexual Violence in the United States Courts: A Brief Overview of Cases Brought Under the Alien Tort Statute and Torture Victim Protection Act, in Violence and Gender in the Globalized World: the Intimate and the Extimate (Sanja Bahun-Radunovic & V.G. Julie Rajan, eds., Ashgate, 2008)
- Suing for Genocide in the United States: The Case of Jane Doe v. Radovan Karadzic, in War Crimes: The Legacy of Nuremberg (Belinda Cooper, ed., TV Books, 1999)
- The Rule of Law at a Crossroad: Enforcing Corporate Responsibility in International Investment Through the Alien Tort Statute, 35 University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law 1085 (2014)
- Nuremberg-Era Jurisprudence Redux: The Supreme Court in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co. and the Legal Legacy of Nuremberg, 7 Charleston Law Review 23 (2012)
- Holding Human Rights Violators Accountable by Using International Law in U.S. Courts: Advocacy Efforts and Complementary Strategies, 19 Emory International Law Review 169 (2005)
- Seeking Recourse for Human Rights Violations in Domestic Courts, 10 INTERIGHTS Bulletin 108 (1996)
- Affecting the Rules for the Prosecution of Rape and Other Gender-Based Violence before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia: A Feminist Proposal and Critique 5 Hastings Women’s Law Journal 171 (1994)
- The Philippines: United States Policy and Allegations of Human Rights Abuses under Aquino, 2 Harvard Human Rights Journal 187 (1989) (note)
Editorials, Commentary & Letters
- Hold Corporations Accountable: Nuremberg-era Jurisprudence Offers a Compelling Precedent for Imposing Sanctions on Companies for Human Rights Violations, as in the Kiobel Case before the High Court, National Law Journal, Feb. 20, 2012
- Litigation Update, ACLU International Civil Liberties Report (annual) (1998-2003)
- Developments in the Enforcement of Claims Against Violence Against Women in International Tribunals and the United States, 94 Proceedings of the American Society of International Law 289 (2000)
- United States: Civil Suits Move Forward, Tribunal (Institute of War and Peace Reporting) (Jan./Feb. 1996)
- Not Just Victims, Balkan War Report: Bulletin of the Institute for War & Peace Reporting (Sept. 1995)
- A Call to Action: Governmental Failure to Investigate and Prosecute Rape: A Violation of Women’s Human Rights (Center for Constitutional Rights, in collaboration with the Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic, revised Aug. 1995) (draft position paper highlighting case of Naimat Farhat in the Kuwaiti courts) (editor)
- Memorandum Prepared by the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic of CUNY Law School re: Gender Justice and the Constitution of the War Crimes Tribunal Pursuant to Security Council Resolution 808 (March 31, 1993) (submitted to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, The United Nations Commission of Experts, the United Nations Security Council, and the United Nations Office of Legal Counsel), reprinted in 2 An Insider’s Guide to the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia: A Documentary History and Analysis 399 (Virginia Morris & Michael P. Scharf, eds., Transnational Publishers, 1995), and in 5 Hastings Women’s Law Journal 235 (1995)
- An Activist’s Guide: Bringing International Human Rights Claims in the United States (Center for Constitutional Rights, 1992)
- Attacks on Justice: The Harassment and Persecution of Judges and Lawyers, July 1989 - June 1990 (Reed Brody, ed., Centre for the Independence of Judges and Lawyers of the International Commission of Jurists, 1990) (asst. ed.)