Kathy Roberts has spent more than a decade representing victims and survivors of human rights violations and international atrocity crimes in litigation. As Deputy Director of the Transitional Justice Clinic (TJC) in The Hague, she centers her practice on providing respectful support to local practitioners seeking accountability for international justice crimes in their own country’s courts. With support from UN Women, Justice Rapid Response, and the Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA), and in partnership with the Transitional Justice Clinic, Dr. Roberts has assisted local practitioners in international crimes investigation and prosecution in Chile, Guatemala, Kosovo, and Tunisia.
Dr. Roberts also serves as Senior Legal Advisor to the Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA) in San Francisco. CJA is a non-profit law firm dedicated to deterring torture, war crimes, crimes against humanity and other severe human rights abuses around the world through litigation, policy advocacy and outreach in pursuit of truth, justice and redress for victims and survivors. She previously served as CJA’s Legal Director in which role she led or supervised investigation and litigation of impact cases on behalf of victims and survivors of atrocities from twelve countries spanning five continents. She led CJA’s trial teams in Yousuf v. Samantar, Ahmed v. Magan, and Jara v. Barrientos.
Dr. Roberts received her PhD in Philosophy from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2001, and her JD from the University of California, Berkeley in 2004.