Distinguished Professor of Law


Professor Naomi Roht-Arriaza grew up in New York and Latin America, including stints in Chile, Guatemala and Costa Rica. She earned a B.A. from UC Berkeley, a M.A. from the UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy (formerly the Graduate School of Public Policy), and a J.D. from the UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). Professor Roht-Arriaza has worked as an immigration paralegal, an organizer, and a teacher for a nonprofit focused on corporate accountability. 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. She is a coauthor on The International Legal System: Cases and Materials (6th Ed.) with Mary Ellen O’Connell and Dick Scott (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.



  1. University of California, Boalt Hall

    J.D., Law

  2. University of California, Berkeley

    M.P.P., Public Policy

  3. University of California, Berkeley

    B.A., Undergraduate Studies

Selected Scholarship

  1. Principle 1. General Obligations of States to Take Effective Action to Combat Impunity 2018

    The United Nations Principles to Combat Impunity: A Commentary

  2. Guatemala: Lessons for Transitional Justice 2017

    Research Handbook on Transitional Justice (Edward Elgar Pub.)

  3. After Amnesties are Gone: Latin American National Courts and the New Contours of the Fight Against Impunity 2015

    Human Rights Quarterly

  4. Making the State Do Justice: Transnational Prosecutions and International Support for Criminal Investigations in Post-Armed Conflict Guatemala 2008

    Chicago Journal of International Law

  5. Reparations Decisions and Dilemmas 2004

    Hastings International and Comparative Law Review

  6. The Pinochet Precedent and Universal Jurisdiction 2001

    New England Law Review

  7. Truth as Justice Investigatory Commissions in Latin America 1995

    Law & Social Inquiry

  8. Of Seeds and Shamans: The Appropriation of the Scientific and Technical Knowledge of Indigenous and Local Communities 1996

    Michigan Journal of International Law


  1. International Law
  2. Food Justice
  3. International Human Rights
  4. Torts
  5. Practice of International Law