Naomi Roht-Arriaza


Naomi Roht-Arriaza is an U.S. attorney who has received global recognition for her expertise in transitional justice, international human rights law, and international humanitarian law, as well as her extensive knowledge of and experience in post-conflict procedures in Latin America and Africa.

Throughout her lengthy career, Roht-Arrianza has contributed to the defense of human rights through legal and social counseling, serving in top-tier academic positions, and through published academic works. Some of her noted publications include Impunity and Human Rights in Law and International Practice (1995), The Pinochet Effect: Transnational Justice in the Age of Human Rights (2005), Transitional Justice in the Twenty-First Century: Beyond Truth versus Justice (co-editor) (2006) and The International Legal System: Cases and Materials (co-autor with Mary Ellen O’Connell and Dick Scott) (2009).

Roht-Arriaza has a bachelor's and law degrees from the University of California and continues to work on issues regarding state responsibility for human rights violations, international criminal law, reparations, environment and corporate responsibility.

Naomi Roht-Arriaza is part of DPLF's board since November 2012 and President since May 2013.