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Thursday, March 06, 2014

International Human Rights Scholar Naomi Roht-Arriaza Named Thomas E. Miller Distinguished Professor of Law

Funds from the Thomas E. Miller Chair will support Professor Roht-Arriaza’s professional activities.
Naomi Roht-Arriaza

Naomi Roht-Arriaza

The Thomas E. Miller Distinguished Professor of Law Chair was created in 1999 by Mr. Thomas E. Miller ’73. Funds from the endowment will support Professor Roht-Arriaza’s research and scholarship for a five-year term. The immediate past Thomas E. Miller Distinguished Professor of Law was Geoffrey Hazard, who retired in 2013.

An expert in International Human Rights Law, Professor Naomi Roht-Arriaza was promoted to the rank of Distinguished Professor in December 2013. Distinguished Professorships are awarded to faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship over their careers; it is the highest academic rank at UC Hastings.

“UC Hastings professors as a whole exemplify engaged scholarship,” said Chancellor & Dean Frank H. Wu. "The corpus of work that Naomi Roht-Arriaza has produced over her career is a stellar example of the careful study, rigorous scholarship, and practical application of ideas that sets UC Hastings professors apart."

“Professor Roht-Arriaza is a scholar of the first order in the rapidly maturing field of international human rights law,” said Provost and Academic Dean Elizabeth L. Hillman. “Her work has revealed the uneven landscape of justice in the aftermath of repressive regimes and articulated legal frameworks for accountability. Professor Roht-Arriaza's tremendous energy and dedication has inspired students and scholars alike, here at UC Hastings and around the world."

"I was deeply honored to be selected for the Thomas E. Miller Chair,” said Professor Roht-Arriaza. "I have spent my career working hard to achieve some justice for disenfranchised and marginalized groups internationally, and it is extremely rewarding to see that work acknowledged and rewarded."

About Thomas E. Miller ‘73


A member of the UC Hastings Board of Trustees, Thomas E. Miller has been a distinguished construction defect attorney for over 38 years. During his first eight years of practice he represented developers and their insurance companies. Since 1981, Miller has exclusively represented homeowners and associations in construction defects claims. A nationally recognized expert and pioneer in his field, he has recovered over $550 million for his association clients. Miller is AV rated (highest possible rating in both legal quality and ethical standards) by Martindale-Hubbell and has been voted by his peers a "Super Lawyer" from 2008 through 2013.

Mr. Miller is the co-author of the definitive consumer handbook on the subject, "Home and Condo Defects: A Consumer Guide to Faulty Construction." He is also the author of the only legal textbook and treatise on the subject, "California Construction Defect Litigation: Residential and Commercial” (1986 & 1993), which has been cited by several courts, and "Handling Construction Defect Claims: Western States” (3rd Edition, 1999; Annual Supplement 2009-10). Mr. Miller is the author and instructor of several university extension courses specifically tailored to educate association managers and homeowner association boards.

About Professor Naomi Roht-Arriaza

Professor Naomi Roht-Arriaza grew up in New York and Latin America, including stints in Chile, Guatemala, and Costa Rica. She earned a BA from UC Berkeley, a 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. During 1991 to 1992, Professor Roht-Arriaza was the first Riesenfeld Fellow in International Law and Organizations at UC Berkeley School of Law.

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 coeditor of Transitional Justice in the Twenty-First Century: Beyond Truth versus Justice (2006). She is a coauthor of The International Legal System: Cases and Materials (Foundation Press 2010). She continues to write on accountability, both state and corporate, for human rights violations as well as on other human rights, international criminal law and global environmental issues. 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.

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