Kenneth Roth

Kenneth Roth is a Senior Fellow at the Carr Center and the Charles and Marie Robertson Visiting Professor at the Princeton School for Public and International Affairs. 

Until August 2022, he served for nearly three decades as the executive director of Human Rights Watch, one of the world's leading international human rights organizations, which operates in more than 90 countries. Prior to joining Human Rights Watch in 1987, Roth served as a federal prosecutor in New York and for the Iran-Contra investigation in Washington, DC. A graduate of Yale Law School and Brown University, Roth has conducted numerous human rights investigations and missions around the world. He has written extensively on a wide range of human rights abuses, devoting special attention to issues of international justice, counterterrorism, the foreign policies of the major powers, and the work of the United Nations.

Roth is currently writing a book, Righting Wrongs, to be published by Knopf in 2024, about the strategies used by Human Rights Watch to defend human rights, drawing on his years of experience.

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