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Roza Pati named to Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace

St. Thomas University is once again recognized at a global level for its faculty leadership in the intercultural human rights arena. Professor Roza Pati has just been appointed by Pope Benedict XVI a member of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. The Council, a Vatican body dedicated to the promotion of social justice, has as its main goal advocating peace and justice around the world consistent with the Gospel and the Church’s social teaching. “This is a significant appointment and a recognition of the global impact Professor Pati has had through her writings and her speeches around the world on human rights issues such as human trafficking, a recognition of her status as a leader in global human rights,” said School of Law Dean Douglas Ray.

Professor Pati, who was born in Albania, was a member of parliament there and served in the cabinet as Secretary of State for youth and women. A public servant and a scholar, Professor Pati teaches at St. Thomas University Law School and serves as Executive Director of the Graduate Program in Intercultural Human Rights, and Director of the Human Trafficking Academy. “I am extremely proud of Professor Pati,” said St. Thomas University President Monsignor Franklyn M. Casale. “She has demonstrated to be a leader in so many areas of social justice.”