Thomas Antkowiak

Thomas Antkowiak

Professor of Law

 Sullivan Hall 118


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  • International Human Rights
  • International Law


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


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.