Thomas Antkowiak

Professor of Law and Director, Latin America Program
Curriculum Vitae


Sullivan Hall 118
(206) 398-4111


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


International Human Rights
International Law


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.


·   A "Dignified Life" and the Resurgence of Social Rights, Vol. 18, No. 1 of  Northwestern Journal of Human Rights (2020)

·   The American Convention on Human Rights: Essential Rights, Oxford Univ. Press (2017) (with Alejandra Gonza)

·   The Americas, in International Human Rights Law , Oxford Univ. Press (2017)

·   Nicaragua's Canal Initiative Endangers the Rights of Indigenous and Afro-Caribbean Communities, Vol. 47, No. 2, Symposium Issue, The University of the Pacific Law Review (2016)

·    Social, Economic, and Cultural Rights: The Inter-American Court at a Crossroads, in The Inter-American Court of Human Rights: Theory and Practice, Present and Future, Intersentia Press (2015)

 ·     A Dark Side of Virtue: The Inter-American Court and Reparations for Indigenous Peoples, Vol. 25, No. 1 of Duke Journal of Comparative & International Law (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 Sobre Derechos Humanos Comentada (“Commentary on the American Convention on Human Rights”), Konrad-Adenauer Foundation (2014). Translated into Italian and published by Editoriale Scientifica (2017).

·    Rights, Resources, and Rhetoric: Indigenous Peoples and The Inter-American Court, Vol. 35, No. 1 of University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law (2013)

·     La Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos y sus reparaciones centradas en la víctima (“The Inter-American Court of Human Rights and its Victim-Centered Reparations”), in Perspectiva Iberoamericana sobre la Justicia Penal Internacional (“An Ibero-American Perspective on International Criminal Justice”), European Union / Tirant Lo Blanch  (2012)

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

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

·    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 scholarship 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)

·  Co-editor of 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)

·    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) 

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