Ken Roth

Executive Director at Human Rights Watch, Inc.

Ken Roth

Ken Roth

Executive Director at Human Rights Watch, Inc.


Kenneth Roth is 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.

Career Highlights

Human Rights Watch, Inc.

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Director, Netherlands at Human Rights Watch, Inc.

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Director, Europe & Central Asia Division at Human Rights Watch, Inc.

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General Counsel at Global Network for Public Interest Law

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Chief Programs Officer at Human Rights Watch, Inc.

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Legal Advisor, Asia Division at Human Rights Watch, Inc.

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Former General Counsel at Human Rights Watch, Inc.

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Founder at The Joan and Lewis Platt Foundation

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Senior Counsel, Children's Rights Division at Human Rights Watch, Inc.

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Co-Founder at Human Rights Watch, Inc.

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Former Communications Director at Human Rights Watch, Inc.

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Undergraduate Degree

Brown University is located in historic Providence, Rhode Island and was founded in 1764. It is the seventh-oldest college in the United States. Brown is an independent, coeducational Ivy League institution comprising undergraduate and graduate programs, plus the Alpert Medical School, School of Public Health, School of Engineering, and the School of Professional Studies.

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Located in New Haven, Connecticut, Yale Law School is one of the world’s premier law schools. It offers an unmatched environment of excellence and educational intimacy in the form of world renowned faculty, small classes, limitless opportunities for clinical training, and strong encouragement of public service. The Law School is small by design; its impact on the world is measured by its accomplished graduates and its ongoing scholarship and outreach through numerous centers and projects. For students, the experience is unparalleled. The faculty-student ratio supports a vast array of courses and opportunities for independent research and student-organized seminars. Students get practical training by representing real clients in clinics starting in their first year. Throughout, a spirit of collaboration reigns. All first-term courses are ungraded, and subsequent classes are graded honors/pass/low pass. Yale Law School is unique among law schools in that it produces leaders in all walks of life: distinguished deans and faculty members at law schools across the country and the world; industry CEOs and corporate counsels; founders of nongovernmental organizations and other nonprofit entities; entrepreneurs; government servants in federal, state, and local offices and the judiciary--just a few areas in which our alumni's talent and passion and dedication have made a difference. Among the School’s graduates are U.S. Presidents and Supreme Court Justices; and among its far-reaching projects, the Information Society Project and the China Center.

Career History
Executive Director
1987 - Current

Human Rights Watch is one of the world's leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. By focusing international attention where human rights are violated, they give voice to the oppressed and hold oppressors accountable for their crimes.Their rigorous, objective investigations and strategic, targeted advocacy build intense pressure for action and raise the cost of human rights abuse. For 30 years, Human Rights Watch has worked tenaciously to lay the legal and moral groundwork for deep-rooted change and has fought to bring greater justice and security to people around the world.

Federal Prosecutor, US Attorney's Office, Southern District of New York

The Department of Justice enforces the law and defends the interests of the United States according to the law; ensures public safety against threats foreign and domestic; provides federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; seeks just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior; and ensures fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.

Boards & Committees
Member, Advisory Board

Save Darfur Coalition is an American nonprofit company located in Washington, DC, that provides humanitarian services.

Awards & Honors
Brown University
University of Ottawa
Bowdoin College
Washington, DC, United States
President Barack Obama's State Dinner for President Hu Jintao of China

Dinner thrown by President Barack Obama in honor of the Chinese President's visit to the United States. Guests included Barbra Streisand, musician Yo-Yo Ma, ice skating champion Michelle Kwan, Vera Wang, and architect Maya Lin.

2018 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting

2013 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting

The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2013 continues the mission of the World Economic Forum. It is committed to improving the state of the world and has driven the design and development of the Annual Meeting programme. The Annual Meeting remains the foremost creative force for engaging leaders in collaborative activities focused on shaping the global, regional and industry agendas.

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