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Roxanna Altholz

Title: Assistant Clinical Professor of Law; Associate Director, International Human Rights Law Clinic
Tel: 510-643-8781
Fax: 510-643-4625
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FSU Contact: Olivia Layug

Roxanna Altholz '99 has a distinguished record as a human rights attorney that encompasses a wealth of experience in the Americas and Europe. She served as a legal advisor for the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (1999-2000) and a staff attorney at the Center for Justice and International Law in Washington, D.C. (2000-2005). At CEJIL, Altholz represented hundreds of victims in human rights litigation before the Inter-American system. As legal counsel, she obtained several ground-breaking judgments from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights holding governments accountable for paramilitary activity in Colombia, state-sanctioned murder in Guatemala, torture and arbitrary detention in Ecuador and discriminatory policies and practices in the Dominican Republic.

As the Clinic's associate director, she has developed and directed advocacy initiatives to draft a code of conduct for companies in the information and communication sector, to address the impact of Hurricane Katrina on immigrant communities, to expose human rights violations suffered by immigrant communities in California's Central Valley, and to ensure government compliance with the Inter-American Court ruling on behalf of Dominican-born children of Haitian ancestry.

Altholz was one of the Clinic's first students when it opened in 1998.


B.A., Brown University (1995)
J.D., UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall) (1999)

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