Irwin P. Stotzky

Professor of Law

J.D. 1974, University of Chicago Law School

Phone: (305)284-2549
Office: G465

Irwin P. Stotzky is currently Professor of Law at the University of Miami School of Law. He received his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 1974. In 1986-87, he was a Visiting Scholar at the Yale Law School. In 1991-1992, he was a Fulbright Scholar in Argentina. In 2001, he was a Distinguished Visiting Professor and Scholar at the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law. In 2007, he was a Distinguished Visiting Professor and Scholar at Emory University School of Law.

For the past 31 years, he has represented Haitian and other refugees on constitutional and human rights issues in many cases, including several cases in the United States Supreme Court.

He has served as an advisor to the Alfonsin regime in Argentina on what steps to take, including human rights trials, against those who committed massive human rights abuses during the so-called "dirty war." He has served as an attorney and adviser to Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, and as an adviser to President Renè Preval's administration.

In this capacity, he organized and directed the investigations into the massive human rights violations committed in Haiti during the illegal military regime's reign, between 1991 and 1994. This led to the first conviction for human rights crimes in the 200-year history of Haiti.

Since 2000, he has served as the chairman of an international presidential commission to help Haiti confront its drug problems. He has published numerous articles and books on democracy and human rights, criminal law and procedure, and the role of the judiciary in the transition to democracy.

He is the author of The Theory and Craft of American Law: Elements (with Soia Mentschikoff) (1981). He is the editor of Transition to Democracy in Latin America: Role of the Judiciary (1993). His detailed analysis of Haiti, Silencing the guns in Haiti: The Promise of Deliberative Democracy, which has received national and international acclaim, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 1998.

He is currently in the process of completing three books, one of which, titled America's Unwanted Burden, analyzes 30 years of Haitian refugee litigation. The second book is an analysis of the scholarship of a renowned constitutional theorist and is titled Fiss's Way: The Scholarship of Owen Fiss. The third book is concerned with the burgeoning field of immigration law. The book is titled: Immigration Law: Cases and Materials. He teaches in the areas of constitutional law and theory, criminal procedure, and philosophy.

For his representation of refugees in a series of cases before the United States Supreme Court and his human rights work abroad, he received human rights awards from the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Haitian Refugee Center.

For his work in investigating human rights abuses worldwide and his scholarship, he received the Inter-American Law Review's 1997 Lawyer of the Americas award. He has recently been nominated for the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) Human Rights Award for career achievements.

He is the founder and Director of the University of Miami Center for the Study of Human Rights and Acting Director of the James Weldon Johnson/Robert H. Waters Summer Institute. He is a founding member of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, a human rights institute that researches and distributes objective and accurate information on the human rights conditions in Haiti.


Send Them Back (2018).

Rights Without Remedies: Do We Have a Successful Remedy for Police Violations of the Fourth Amendment?, 33 Civil Rights Litigation and Attorney Fees Handbook 163 (2018).

Affirmative Action in Action, 32 Civil Rights Litigation and Attorney Fees Handbook 283 (2017).

Constitutional Adjudication and the Fourth Amendment, 28 Civil Rights Litigation and Attorney Fees Annual Handbook 67 (2013).

The New Surveillance State: From Dog Sniffs to DNA and Beyond, Civil Rights Litigation and Attorney Fees Annual Handbook, with Steven Saltzman, 87 (2013).

Democracy and Sustainability in Reconstructing Haiti: A Possibility or a Mirage?, with Brian Concannon Jr. , 44 U. Miami Inter-Am. L. Rev. 1 (2012).

The Truth About Haiti, 26 Conn. J. Int'l L. 1 (2010).

Law As Justice: The Moral Imperative of Owen Fiss’s Scholarship (2009).

Immigration Law: Cases and Materials, Aspen (2009).

America's Unwanted Burden: Refugees And The Rule Of Law , Twelve Tables Press (2009).

In Memoriam: John T. Gaubatz , 62 U. Miami L. Rev. 705 (2008).

Constitutionalism and Democracy: An Essay In Honor of Stanley N. Katz, 62 U. Miami L. Rev. 83 (2008).

Haiti Human Rights Investigation: 2007, Center For the Study of Human Rights (2008).

Haiti Human Rights Investigation: March 11-16 2006, with Anna Mance, Center For the Study of Human Rights (2006).

Haiti Human Rights Investigation: November 11-21, 2004, with Thomas Griffin, Center For the Study of Human Rights (2005).

Tareas para las tropas Argentinas en Haiti, Clarin (2004).

Haitian Refugees and the Rule of Law, 61 Guild Prac. 151 (2004).

Democratic Theory, the Courts and the Press, 11 Democratization 111 (2004).

U.S. Dollars Spent in Haiti Inadequate For Nation-Building, Miami Herald (2004).

Aristide's Haiti: An Exchange, N.Y. Rev. Books (2003).

The Constitutional Scholar, 58 U. Miami L. Rev. 1 (2003).

The Indispensable State, 58 U. Miami L. Rev. 201 (2003).

Haiti's Problem Isn't Aristide, Miami Herald (2003).

Tribute to Professor Robert H. Waters, Sr., A.A.L.S. (2003).

The Role of a Free Press and Freedom of Expression in Developing Democracies , 56 U. Miami L. Rev. 255 (2002).

Book Review (reviewing Carlos Santiago Nino, The Constitution Of Deliberative Democracy), 569 Annals Of The Am. Academy Pol. & Soc. Sci. 179 (2000).

Book Review (reviewing David M. Malone, Decision-Making In The UN Security Council: The Case Of Haiti), 42 J. Interam. Stud. & World Aff. 184 (2000).

A Different Vision, The Princeton Prog. Latin Amer. Stud. J. (PLAS) (2000).

Suppressing the Beast, 53 Array U. Miami L. Rev. 883 (1999).

Establishing Deliberative Democracy: Moving from Misery to Poverty with Dignity, 21 UALR L. Rev. 79 (1998).

Silencing The Guns In Haiti: The Promise Of Deliberative Democracy (1998).

On the Promise and Perils of Democracy in Haiti, 29 U. Miami Inter-Am. L. Rev. 1 (1998).

Phone: (305)284-2549
Office: G465
Faculty Assistant

Demmings, Sue

Phone: (305) 284-4442
Office: G463