Judith Armatta


Judith Armatta, Photo by Ron Titus Judith Armatta is a lawyer, journalist, and human-rights advocate who monitored the trial of Slobodan Milošević on behalf of the Coalition for International Justice. Her dispatches from The Hague appeared in national and international newspapers. Joining efforts to promote the rule of law, Armatta worked for the American Bar Association’s Central and East European Law Initiative, opening offices in Belgrade, Serbia (in 1997) and Montenegro (in 1999). In this role she collaborated with women lawyers in the former Yugoslavia and supported the work of an independent judiciary. During the Kosova War, she headed a War Crimes Documentation Project among Kosovar Albanian refugees in Macedonia. Finally, Armatta assisted the Justice Ministry of Montenegro on sweeping law reform.

For over two decades, she has worked to increase awareness of and response to violence against women and children—in her home state of Oregon, as well as at the national and international level. Celebrated for her efforts in Oregon, she moved into International Law and Justice in the late 1990's.

Armatta currently consults and writes on international humanitarian, human rights, and U.S. Criminal Justice issues

Armatta’s book, Twilight of Impunity: the War Crimes Trial of Slobodan Milošević, was published in 2010 by Duke University Press. An eyewitness account of the first major international war-crimes tribunal since the Nuremberg trials, Twilight of Impunity is a gripping guide to the prosecution of Slobodan Milošević for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide.

Click here  to read Judith Armatta's blog post on the American Constitution Society website, "An Eyewitness' Reflections on the Trial of Slobodan Milošević." To read a text version of this document please click on this link.