Naomi Roht-Arriaza (@roht_naomi) is Albert Abramson ’54 Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California, Hastings Law in San Francisco. Professor Roht-Arriaza is the author of The Pinochet Effect: Transnational Justice in the Age of Human Rights (2005) and Impunity and Human Rights in International Law and Practice (1995), and co-editor of Transitional Justice in the Twenty-First Century: Beyond Truth versus Justice (2006). She is a co-author of The International Legal System: Cases and Materials (Foundation Press 2010, 2015) and of numerous articles on international human rights and international criminal law. Her work focuses on the intersection of international, comparative and domestic law in Latin American mass atrocity cases.
She earned a BA from UC Berkeley, an MA from the UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy, and a JD from the UC Berkeley School of Law. After graduating from law school, she clerked for Judge James Browning of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. In 2011, she was a Democracy Fellow at the U.S. Agency for International Development, and in 2012 she was a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Botswana.
Professor Roht-Arriaza is the president of the Board of the Due Process of Law Foundation and a legal advisor to the Center for Justice and Accountability. Her work was featured in the film Granito. She has conducted numerous trainings on international criminal law for prosecutors, judges and civil society groups in El Salvador.