Thomas Antkowiak

Associate Professor and Director, Latin America Program

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Biography

Professor Antkowiak teaches international human rights law and public international law. His research focuses upon the Inter-American human rights system, reparations for rights violations, indigenous rights, and transitional justice.

Antkowiak has also directed our International Human Rights Clinic since 2008.  In that capacity, he and his students have handled matters before the Inter-American Commission and Court of Human Rights, the African Commission and Court of Human and Peoples' Rights, UN human rights institutions, and foreign jurisdictions.  Through direct representation and other forms of advocacy, the Clinic has worked for persons around the globe.  These individuals and groups have suffered torture, wrongful conviction, arbitrary detention, discrimination, and illegal intrusion into ancestral lands.

Prior to his arrival in Seattle, Antkowiak held a variety of positions in the field of human rights: Senior Attorney at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights of the Organization of American States; Special Assistant to Oscar Arias, Nobel Peace Laureate and President of Costa Rica; and Director of the Access to Justice Program at the Due Process of Law Foundation, among others.

Articles and Book Chapters:

A Dark Side of Virtue: The Inter-American Court and Reparations for Indigenous Peoples, Vol. 25, No. 1 of THE DUKE JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE & INTERNATIONAL LAW (forthcoming 2014)

Social, Economic, and Cultural Rights: The Inter-American Court at a Crossroads, in 35 YEARS OF THE INTER-AMERICAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS, Intersentia Press (forthcoming 2014)

El Principio de Legalidad y de Retroactividad ("The Legality and Retroactivity Principles") and El Derecho a Indemnización ("The Right to Compensation") in LA CONVENCIÓN AMERICANA COMENTADA ("Commentary on the American Convention on Human Rights"), Konrad-Adenauer Foundation (2014) [download]

Rights, Resources and Rhetoric: Indigenous Peoples and The Inter-American Court, Vol. 35, No. 1 of UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW (2013) [download]

La Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos y sus reparaciones centradas en la victima ("The Inter-American Court of Human Rights and Victim-Centered Reparations"), in PERSPECTIVA IBEROAMERICANA SOBRE LA JUSTICIA PENAL INTERNACIONAL ("An Iberoamerican Perspective on International Criminal Justice") (Olásolo-Alonso & Cuenca-Curbelo eds., 2012) [download]

An Emerging Mandate for International Courts: Victim-Centered Remedies and Restorative Justice, Vol. 47, No. 2 of Stanford Journal of International Law (2011) [download]

El derecho a la consulta en las Américas: marco legal internacional ("The [Indigenous] Right to Be Consulted in the Americas: International Legal Framework"), APORTES, the triannual publication of the Due Process of Law Foundation (Sept. 2010) (with Alejandra Gonza) [download]

Un modelo innovador en materia de reparaciones: El esquema de la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos ("An Innovative Reparations Model: The Scheme of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights"), Edition 233 of EL DERECHO, the legal journal of the Catholic University of Argentina (2009)

Remedial Approaches to Human Rights Violations: The Inter-American Court of Human Rights and Beyond, Vol. 46, No. 2 of The Columbia Journal of Transnational Law (2008) [download]

Moiwana Village v. Suriname: A Portal into Recent Jurisprudential Developments of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, Vol. 25, No. 2 of The Berkeley Journal of International Law (2007) [download] 

Truth as Right and Remedy in International Human Rights Experience, Vol. 23, No. 4 of The Michigan Journal of International Law (2002)

Books:

VICTIMS UNSILENCED: THE INTER-AMERICAN HUMAN RIGHTS SYSTEM AND TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE IN LATIN AMERICA, United States Institute of Peace and The Due Process of Law Foundation (2007) (Co-Editor)

Contact

Seattle University School of Law
Location: LSAX-140I
Phone: (206) 398-4111
E-mail: antkowit@seattleu.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • B.A., Harvard University; Sheldon Prize Fellowship 
  • J.D., Columbia University; James Kent Scholar 

Courses

  • International Human Rights
  • International Human Rights Clinic
  • International Law

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