Roxanna Altholz

  • Clinical Professor of Law
    Co-Director, International Human Rights Law Clinic
  • Tel: 510-643-8781 | Fax: 510-643-4625
  • 489 Simon Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720 MC:7200

Roxanna Altholz ’99 is an international human rights lawyer and scholar with extensive experience in international and national fora. Altholz has won several ground-breaking judgments from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, provided expert testimony before UN human rights groups, and initiated legal actions on behalf of human rights victims in U.S. federal courts. She has also developed advocacy and research initiatives to address human rights violations suffered by immigrant communities in California’s Central Valley, to understand accountability mechanisms for private companies receiving international financing, and to improve the effectiveness of the Inter-American human rights system.  

Prior to teaching at Berkeley, Altholz 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 (CEJIL) in Washington, D.C. (2000-2005). At CEJIL, Altholz handled a docket comprised of approximately 40 cases involving massacres, extrajudicial killings, torture, disappearances and discrimination in Colombia, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, and Ecuador before the Inter-American human rights system.

Altholz’s most recent publication, “Chronicle of A Death Foretold: The Future of U.S. Human Rights Litigation Post-Kiobel,” appeared in the California Law Review (2014). She is the recipient of the 2013 UC Berkeley Law Young Alumni Award and the 2013 UC Berkeley’s Foundation for Change Thomas I. Yamashita Prize.


B.A., Brown University (1995)
J.D., UC Berkeley School of Law (1999)

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