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Roza Pati
Professor of Law & Executive Director
Graduate Program in Intercultural Human Rights
Director, Human Trafficking Academy
Member of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, The Vatican
B.A., University of Tirana, Faculty of History and Philology, highest honors
J.D. (equivalent) University of Tirana, Faculty of Law, honors
LL.M., St. Thomas University School of Law, summa cum laude
Dr. iur., University of Potsdam, Faculty of Law, summa cum laude
Phone: (305) 474-2447
Fax: (305) 474-2413
Office: Human Rights Suite, Room 206-C

Professor Pati is a tenured Professor Law and teaches International Law, Human Rights Law and Human Trafficking Law. Formerly a Member of Parliament and a Cabinet Member serving as the Secretary of State for Youth and Women of Albania, Dr. Pati has a rich experience in public service and academia.

In August 2012, the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Professor Pati to be a Member of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, at the Vatican. She is the only Council member representing the United States.

In 2009, her doctoral dissertation was awarded the Wolf Rüdiger Bub Prize for the Promotion of the New Generation of Legal Scholars, by the University of Potsdam School of Law, Potsdam, Germany.

In 2010, she was the Commencement Speaker at the Luarasi University School of Law, Tirana, Albania, and also Visiting Professor of Law At the Romanian-American University in Bucharest, Romania.

In 2005, Professor Pati facilitated the preparation of The Miami Declaration of Principles on Human Trafficking, a set of law and policy recommendations, and she has made presentations on human trafficking in the capacity of an expert in several national and international symposia, conferences and seminars. She has lectured on issues of international law, human rights law, international criminal law, human trafficking law as well as democracy and the rule of law at several universities worldwide.

She is Executive Director of the LL.M./ J.S.D. Program in Intercultural Human Rights and she also directs the Human Trafficking Academy, a project that started with the sponsorship of a Congressional grant administered through the Department of Justice.



  • DUE PROCESS AND INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers 2009); (reviewed in: The American Journal of International Law 2011 & The Yale Journal of International Law, 2011)
  • THE NEW DIALOGUE OF CIVILIZATIONS, (Roza Pati & Joe Holland, eds., 2005).

Book Chapters

  • Trafficking in Persons and Transnational Organized Crime: A Policy-Oriented Perspective, in Handbook on Human Trafficking, Public Health and the Law: A Spring School from the New Haven Perspective (Kirch, Pati & Wiessner eds. forthcoming 2013, Georg Thieme Verlag).
  • The Categorical Imperative to End Modern-Day Slavery: Subsidiarity, Privatization, and the State's Duty to Protect, in Der Staat im Recht (The State in Its Legal Dimension) (2013, Duncker & Humblot).
  • Combating Human Trafficking Through Transnational Law Enforcement Cooperation: The Case of South Eastern Europe, in Policing Across Borders: The Role of Law Enforcement in Global Governance (2012, Springer).
  • No Cierre Sus Ojos: La Trata Existe--The Global Effort to Combat Human Trafficking: Its Strengths & Weaknesses, in Libro de Derecho Penal Especial (2012, Universidad Libre, Colombia).
  • Beyond the Duty to Protect: Expanding Accountability and Responsibilities of the State in Combating Human Trafficking, in The Diversity of International Law: Essays in Honour of Kalliopi Koufa 319 (Aristotle Constantinides, Nikos Zaikos, eds., 2009, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers).
  • Fair Trial Standards under Human Rights Treaty Law and the ICTY: A Process of Cross-Fertilization?, in ICTY: Towards a Fair Trial? 147 (Thomas Kruessmann ed., 2008, Intersentia).
  • Information About the UN Dialogue of Civilizations, in The New Dialogue of Civilizations 16 (Roza Pati & Joe Holland eds., 2005, Xlibris Press).


  • Domestic Servitude: A Contemporary Form of Slavery, 7 Intercultural Hum. Rts. L. Rev. (2012).
  • Trading in Humans: A New Haven Perspective, 21 Asia Pac. L. Rev. 135 (2012).
  • States’ Positive Obligations with Respect to Human Trafficking: The European Court of Human Rights Breaks New Ground in Rantsev v. Cyprus & Russia, 29 B.U. Int'l L.J. 79 (2011). HeinOnline
  • Der Schutz der EMRK bei Menschenhandel: Rantsev v. Zypern und Russland, 2011 Neue Juristische Wochenschrift 128(2011).
  • US Immigration Detention: Policy and Procedure from a Human Rights Perspective—Introductory Remarks, 5 Intercultural Hum. Rts. L. Rev. 5 (2010). HeinOnline
  • Schwierige Gratwanderung: Die international Terrorismus ist fuer die Demokratie eine grosse Herausforderung, Portal--Das Potsdamer Universitaetsmagazin, Jan.-Mar. 2009, at 28.
  • The ICC and the Case of Sudan's Omar Al Bashir: Is Plea-Bargaining a Valid Option?, 15 U.C. Davis J. Int'l L. & Pol'y 265(2009). HeinOnline
  • Addressing the Scourge of Human Trafficking: The Challenge Ahead, 1 Intercultural Hum. Rts. L. Rev. 75 (2006). HeinOnline
  • The Miami Declaration of Principles on Human Trafficking: Its Genesis and Purpose, 1 Intercultural Hum. Rts. L. Rev. 5 (2006). HeinOnline
  • Rights and Their Limits: the Constitution for Europe in International and Comparative Legal Perspective, 23 Berkeley J. Int'l L.223 (2005). HeinOnline
  • Intercultural Human Rights: A 21st Century Challenge, Int'l Graduate, Vol. 6, at 38.

Research Interests

International Criminal Law

Human Trafficking Law

Human Rights Law

International Law

New Haven School of Thought

Courses taught

International Law

Human Trafficking Law & Policy

Introduction to Human Rights Law

Health and Human Rights

Policy-Oriented Jurisprudence