Part-time Professor of Practice

Biographical Information

Najwa Nabti specializes in international criminal law and pursuing accountability and redress for gender-based violence. She has served for more than eight years as an international prosecutor in The Hague, Netherlands, at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and UN Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals. She has advocated for the recognition of harm to female victims of conflict-related atrocities, including serious bodily and mental harm to survivors of the Srebrenica genocide, and establishing responsibility for sexual violence as a foreseeable consequence of ethnic cleansing in Kosovo. Her international criminal practice builds on prior experience in seeking redress for victims of sexual and domestic violence in the United States and Thailand. She has lectured, participated in practitioner trainings, and authored articles and book chapters on sexual violence as acts of ethnic cleansing and genocide, and pursuing redress through civil and criminal means. Nabti graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law, and clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Stephen McNamee and Judges Hisashi Owada and Peter Tomka at the International Court of Justice.

Select Publications

  • Policies and Institutional Strategies for Successful Sexual Violence Prosecutions, in Prosecuting Conflict-Related Sexual Violence at the ICTY 73 (Serge Brammertz & Michelle Jarvis eds., 2016) (co-author, with Michelle Jarvis).
  • Legacy of Impunity:  Sexual Violence Against Armenian Women and Girls During the Genocide, in The Armenian Genocide Legacy 118 (Alexis Demirdjioan ed. 2015).
  • Increasing the Cost of Rape:  Using Targeted Sanctions to Deter Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict, in Economic Sanctions under International Law:  Unilateralism, Multilateralism, Legitimacy and Consequences 43 (Ali Z. Marossi & Marisa R. Bassett eds. 2015).


University of Virginia School of Law
University of Virginia

Graduated with Distinction

Work Experience

Part-time Professor of Practice
2016 - present
Appeals Counsel/Legal Officer
Office of the Prosecutor, UN Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals, The Hague, Netherlands
2016 - present
Director, Undergraduate Law & Master of Legal Studies Programs
James E. Rogers College of Law, The University of Arizona
2014 - 2016
Appeals Counsel
Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, The Hague, Netherlands
2008 - 2014
Associate Legal Officer
Registry, International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, The Hague, Netherlands
Law Clerk
International Court of Justice, The Hague, Netherlands
2006 - 2007
Attorney Advisor
U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals, Falls Church, Virginia
2005 - 2006
Litigation Associate
Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, LLP, Boston, Massachusetts
2003 - 2005
Law Clerk
Honorable Stephen M. McNamee, U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona
2002 - 2003

Public & Institutional Service

Coordinator, Prosecuting Conflict-Related Sexual Violence Network, International Association of Prosecutors