Roza Pati

Roza Pati

Professor of Law &
Executive Director, Graduate Program in Intercultural Human Rights &
Founding Director, Human Trafficking Academy


Phone: 305.474.2447


St. Thomas University College of Law
Human Rights Suite (206)
16401 NW 37th Ave
Miami Gardens, FL 33054


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


Human Rights
Human Trafficking
International Law
New Haven School of Thought

Roza Pati

Professor Pati is a tenured Professor of Law at St. Thomas University College of Law, where she also co-directs the programs of Master of Laws and the Doctorate of the Science of Law in Intercultural Human Rights. She teaches International Law, Human Rights Law, Human Trafficking Law, and Comparative Law. Inspired by her work against human trafficking since the early 1990s, Dr. Pati founded in 2010 the John J. Brunetti Human Trafficking Academy, an institute she continues to direct.

She is Faculty Adviser of the Intercultural Human Rights Law Review and member of the Editorial Board of the international series: Studies in Intercultural Human Rights, published by BRILL/ Martinus Nijhoff.

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 wealth of experience in public service and academia. In 2012, Dr. Pati was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to serve as Member of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace at the Vatican, and in 2020 she was appointed by the Holy Father Pope Francis to serve as Member of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, The Vatican.

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.

Dr. Pati was the Commencement Speaker at the Luarasi University School of Law, Tirana, Albania (2010), and at Carlos Albizu University, Miami (2014). For several years she was Visiting Professor of Law at the Romanian-American University in Bucharest, Romania. In 2017, Dr. Pati was awarded the “Voice of Freedom Award” by two community organizations, A Voice in the Wilderness and The Woman’s Table. 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. Dr. Pati is a prolific scholar who has written extensively in the field of international law, human rights, human trafficking and international criminal law. She is a globally published author of books, book chapters and law review articles in multiple languages and she lectures at academic, governmental and inter-governmental institutions around the world.

Scholarship & Research


Books and Book Chapters:

Roza Pati, Trafficking in Human Beings: The Convergence of Criminal Law and Human Rights Law, in the SAGE Handbook of Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery (2018, SAGE Publications).

Roza Pati, People on the Move: The Vulnerability of Migrants and Human Trafficking, in Refugiados, Imigrantes e Igualdade dos Povos – Estudos em Homenagem a António Guterres (Pinto, Perazzolo et al, 2017, Quartier Latin Do Brasil).

Roza Pati, The OSCE and the Conflict Cycle through the Prism of the Ukraine Crisis: What Went Wrong?, in Forty Years Since the Signing of the Helsinki Final Act (Institute for Comparative Law & INTERMEX, 2015, Belgrade, Serbia).

Roza Pati, Wilhelm Kirch & Siegfried Wiessner, Handbook on Human Trafficking, Public Health and the Law: A Spring School from the New Haven Perspective (2014, George Thieme Verlag).

Roza Pati, Trafficking in Persons and Transnational Organized Crime: A Policy-Oriented Perspective, in Handbook on Human Traficking, Public Health and the Law: A Spring School from the New Haven Perspective 27 (2014, George Thieme Verlag).

Roza Pati, The Categorical Imperative to End Modern-Day Slavery: Subsidiarity, Privatization, and the State’s Duty to Protect, in Der Staat Im Recht. Festschrift für Eckart Klein zum 70. Geburtstag, 1219 (M. Breuer et al., eds., 2013, Duncker & Humblot).

Roza Pati, 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).

Roza Pati, 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, Columbia).

Roza Pati, 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).

Roza Pati, Due Process and International Terrorism (2009, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers).

Roza Pati, 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).

Roza Pati, Information About the UN Dialogue of Civilizations, in The New Dialogue of Civilizations 16 (Roza Pati & Joe Holland eds., 2005, Xlibris Press).

Roza Pati & Joe Holland, eds., The New Dialogue of Civilizations (2005, Xlibris).


Roza Pati, Global Regulation of Corporate Conduct:  Effective Pursuit of a Slave-Free Supply Chain, 68 American U. L. Rev. 1821 (2019), available at American University Law Review.

Roza Pati, From the Graceful Sari to the Scourge of Dowry: Indian Women in the Crucible of Tradition, 8 Kerala U. J. of Legal Studies (2015).

Roza Pati, Marshalling the Forces of Good: Religion and the Fight Against Human Trafficking, 9 Intercultural Hum. Rts. L. Rev. 1 (2014). Also published as Blueprint, by Caritas in Veritate Foundation, Geneva, (September 2014), available at Intercultural Human Rights Law Review.

Roza Pati, Human Trafficking: An Issue of Human and National Security, 4 Nat’l Security and Armed Conflict L. Rev. 29 (2014), a journal published by the University of Miami School of Law.

Roza Pati, Trading in Humans: A New Haven Perspective, 20 Asia Pacific L. Rev. 135 (2012).

Roza Pati, Domestic Servitude: a Contemporary Form of Slavery, 7 Intercultural Hum. Rts. L. Rev. 9 (2012), available at Intercultural Human Rights Law Review.

Roza Pati, 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

Roza Pati, Der Schutz der EMRK bei Menschenhandel: Rantsev v. Zypern und Russland, 2011 Neue Juristische Wochenschrift 128 (2011).

Roza Pati, US Immigration Detention: Policy and Procedure from a Human Rights Perspective-Introductory Remarks, 5 Intercultural Hum. Rts. L. Rev. 5 (2010), available at Intercultural Human Rights Law Review.

Roza Pati, Schwierige Gratwanderung: Die international Terrorismus ist fuer die Demokratie eine grosse Herausforderung, Portal–Das Potsdamer Universitaetsmagazin, Jan.-Mar. 2009, at 28.

Roza Pati, 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

Roza Pati, Addressing the Scourge of Human Trafficking: The Challenge Ahead, 1 Intercultural Hum. Rts. L. Rev. 75 (2006), available at Intercultural Human Rights Law Review.

Roza Pati, The Miami Declaration of Principles on Human Trafficking: Its Genesis and Purpose, 1 Intercultural Hum. Rts. L. Rev. 5 (2006), available at Intercultural Human Rights Law Review.

Roza Pati, Rights and Their Limits: the Constitution for Europe in International and Comparative Legal Perspective, 23 Berkeley J. Int’l L. 223 (2005). HeinOnline

Roza Pati, Intercultural Human Rights: A 21st Century Challenge, Int’l Graduate, Vol. 6, at 38.

Book Reviews:

Roza Pati, Responding to Modern Genocide: At the Confluence of Law and Politics. By Mark D. Kielsgard. London and New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis, 2016. Pp. 255. 10 Reprinted in Changing Dimensions of Legal Horizon, (Majaraja Agrassen University, India, 2017).

Roza Pati, Water: An Essential Element For Life. By Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. Vatican City. Vatican Press. 2013. 10 Intercultural Human Rights Law Review 291 (2015).

Additional Publications:

Rosa Pati, comment, With Pope’s Challenge Comes Call for Attorneys to Fight Climate Change, Daily Business Review (July 2, 2015); also featured at “insights” on the Vatican website on Laudato SI avaliable at:

Rosa Pati, Interview, Expert Predicts Pope Francis will mention human trafficking during U.S. stay: With talks to Congress and elsewhere, the pontiff will have several opportunities to discuss the “shameful plague,” Q&A with Roza Pati, The Florida Cathotlic (August 2015)

Rosa Pati, Interview, by Catholic News Service: In the US, many expect the pope to discuss the ‘shameful plague’ of trafficking August 10, 2015, also posted on: The Catholic Telegraph, The Monitor, or Catholic Crux (Boston Globe).

  • International Law
  • Human Trafficking Law & Policy
  • Introduction to Human Rights Law
  • Health and Human Rights
  • Policy-Oriented Jurisprudence
  • Comparative Law Seminar
News & Activities

STU Law News

Human Trafficking Academy Hosts Summer 2020 Academy
On July 27th- 31st, St. Thomas University School of Law hosts its online Summer 2020 Human Trafficking Academy on the state of labor trafficking domestically and abroad. This year’s theme focuses on a critical assessment of the 20th Anniversary of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act.
Professor Roza Pati Discusses Human Trafficking on Living Bread Radio Network
Human Trafficking Academy director, Dr. Roza Pati, was recently interviewed on Catholic Close-Up with Michael Roberts on the Living Bread Radio Network regarding the social phenomenon of human trafficking.
Professor Roza Pati Participates in Vatican Conference
Professor Roza Pati recently participated in the conference on Xenophobia, Racism, and Populist Nationalism in the Context of Global Migration.
Professor Roza Pati Presents at International Conference on Human Rights
Professor Roza Pati recently presented at an international conference on Human Rights in the 21st Century, organized by the University of Saskatchewan School of Law, in Canada. Her presentation was titled Slavery Then and Now: An Eternal Human Rights Problem.
Professor Roza Pati Delivers Human Trafficking Lecture to International Delegation
At the request of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program, St. Thomas Law and Professor Roza Pati recently welcomed a delegation of government officials from the Middle East and North Africa for a lecture on U.S. Human Trafficking Law and Policy.
Professor Roza Pati Calls for Attorneys to Join the Fight Against Climate Change
St. Thomas Law professor and member of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Dr. Roza Pati, recently published an opinion editorial in the July 2nd issue of the Daily Business Review. The piece, titled With Pope’s Challenge Comes Call for Attorneys to Fight Climate Change, lauds the recent landmark encyclical by Pope Francis which concludes that it can no longer be contested that human activity is one of the main causes of climate change.

Media Appearances

Professor Roza Pati, Interviewed & Featured in The Florida Catholic
St. Thomas Law Professor interviewed for article entitled Sex and the Super Bowl: St. Thomas University’s next Human Trafficking Academy to scrutinize sports-related predators
Professor Roza Pati, Interviewed on Living Bread Radio Network
Human Trafficking Academy director, Dr. Roza Pati, was recently interviewed on Catholic Close-Up with Michael Roberts on the Living Bread Radio Network regarding the social phenomenon of human trafficking.