Judith Armatta is a human rights lawyer and author of the forthcoming Twilight of Impunity: The War Crimes Trial of Slobodan Milosevic. Her lengthy career as a human rights activist landed her in The Hague, where she monitored and wrote nearly 300 articles on the Milosevic trial for the Coalition for International Justice (CIJ). Armatta became the on-site legal and trial expert for journalists and academics from around the world and has presented at conferences in Europe, the United States, and the Balkans. Her articles on the trial have also appeared in the Institute for War and Peace Reporting's Tribunal Update; Monitor, a monthly magazine of political commentary published in Montenegro; the International Herald Tribune; and the Chicago Tribune.
Prior to her work in The Hague, Armatta engaged in law reform for the American Bar Association's Central and East European Law Initiative (ABA/CEELI), opening their first office in Belgrade, Serbia, in 1997 and another in Podgorica, Montenegro, in 1999. During the Kosova War, she headed a War Crimes Documentation Project among Kosovar Albanian refugees in Skopje, Macedonia.
For 20 years, Armatta was a leader on issues of violence against women and children at both the grassroots and policymaking levels. While living in Oregon, she was recognized by the Oregon Women's Commission as a Woman of Achievement and was presented the Award of Merit by the Multnomah Bar Association. She currently consults on international humanitarian, human rights, and other rule-of-law issues, most recently in the Middle East.