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2014 Human Rights Month  

 

 

Human Rights Month is an annual event that features conferences, workshops, a film festival, and a discussion of recent publications in the human rights sector. Through Human Rights Month, the Academy provides a forum for the education and discussion of human rights theory. Participants have the opportunity to share first hand experiences, as well as network with fellow practitioners, scholars, and activists in the field.

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2014 Human Rights Month Panels

Wednesday, May 28
CLE Institute Course Series on Human Rights, co-sponsored with
The Struggle to Uphold the Prohibition of Torture in Modern Times: A Conversation with the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and the Chair of the UN Committee Against Torture.

Thursday, May 29
Commissions of Inquiry: their history, impact and relevance for human rights and humanitarian law

Tuesday, June 3
Peace Process and Human Rights in Colombia

Thursday, June 5
The interaction between the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights: What will change after the accession of the EU to the European Convention on Human Rights

Thursday, June 5
CLE Institute Course Series on Human Rights, co-sponsored with
The Post-2015 Development Agenda: where are we in the discussions to achieve a successful framework?

Tuesday, June 10
The Belo Monte Case: Challenges and Opportunities for the Protection of Human Rights and the Environment in the Inter-American Human Rights System

Wednesday, June 11
CLE Institute Course Series on Human Rights, co-sponsored with
International Courts and their Role in Ensuring the Effectiveness of International Law: An Assessment from the Bench

Thursday, June 12
Current debate on the ‘strengthening’ of the Inter-American System

FILM FESTIVAL

 

For all panels held at WCL, CLE Accreditation will be applied for upon request. American University Washington College of Law is an accredited CLE provider for Virginia and Pennsylvania, with reciprocity for New York and New Jersey, and with accreditation for all other states applied for as requested.

 

XIV Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition

  • Monday, May 19 - Wednesday, May 21, 8:30 am - 6:30 pm, Preliminary Oral Rounds
  • Thursday, May 22, 9:00 am - 11:30 pm, Semifinal Oral Round
  • Friday, May 23, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm, Final Oral Round

CLE Institute Course Series on Human Rights, Co-sponsored with 

Wednesday, May 28

The Struggle to Uphold the Prohibition of Torture in Modern Times: A Conversation with the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and the Chair of the UN Committee Against Torture

 

Claudio Grossman, Chair, Committee Against Torture, United Nations and Dean, American University Washington College of Law, Washington DC

Juan Mendez, Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, United Nations and Visiting Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law, Washington DC

Moderator:

Michael O’Flaherty, Established Professor and Director, Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland

Also co-sponsored by ASIL’s New Professionals Interest Group (NPIG)

6:00-7:30pm, ASIL, Tillar House, 2223 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington DC

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Thursday, May 29
Commissions of Inquiry: their history, impact and relevance for human rights and humanitarian law

 

Jamie Williamson, Legal Adviser, International Committee of the Red Cross, Geneva, Switzerland

Jared Genser, Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington DC

Christen Broecker, Associate Director, Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights, New York

Moderator:

Roberta Cohen, Senior Advisor, Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement, Brookings Institution, Washington DC

12:30-2pm, Washington College of Law, 4801 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Rm. 603

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Tuesday, June 3
Peace Process and Human Rights in Colombia

 

Gimena Sanchez-Garzoli, Senior Associate for the Andes, Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), Washington DC

Rodrigo Uprimny, Director, Research Center for Law, Justice and Society (DeJusticia), Bogota, Colombia

Julissa Mantilla, International Consultant, Gender and Transitional Justice, UN Women, Peru

Moderator:

Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Professorial Lecturer in Residence and Co-Director, Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, American University Washington College of Law, Washington DC

12:30-2pm, Washington College of Law, 4801 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Rm. 603

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Thursday, June 5
The interaction between the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights: What will change after the accession of the EU to the European Convention on Human Rights

 

Gisella Gori, Senior Political Advisor, Delegation of the European Union to the United States, Washington DC

Laurence Burgorgue-Larsen, Professor of law, Ecole de droit de la Sorbonne, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris, France

Leonardus Zwaak, Retired Associate Professor, Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM), Utrecht University, Maarsen, The Netherlands

Billy Davies, Assistant Professor, Department of Justice, Law & Criminology, School of Public Affairs, American University, Washington DC

Moderator:

Fernanda Nicola, Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law, Washington DC

12:30-2pm, Washington College of Law, 4801 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Rm. 603

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CLE Institute Course Series on Human Rights, Co-sponsored with 

Thursday, June 5

The Post-2015 Development Agenda: where are we in the discussions to achieve a successful framework?

 

Olivier de Schutter, Special Rapporteur on the right to food, United Nations

Siobhan McInerney-Lankford, Senior Counsel, World Bank, Washington DC

Moderator:

Sarah Joseph, Professor and Director, Castan Centre for Human Rights law, Monash University, Australia

6:00-7:30pm, ASIL, Tillar House, 2223 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington DC

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Tuesday, June 10
The Belo Monte Case: Challenges and Opportunities for the Protection of Human Rights and the Environment in the Inter-American Human Rights System

Breno Dias da Costa, Interim Representative of Brazil, Organization of American States (OAS), Washington DC (invited)

Marcos A. Orellana, Senior Attorney and Director, Human Rights and Environment Program, The Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), Washington DC

Katya Salazar, Executive Director, Due Process of Law Foundation, Washington DC

Astrid Puentes Riaño, Co-Executive Director, Asociación Interamericana para la Defensa del Ambiente (AIDA), Mexico

Moderator:

David Hunter, Director and Professor of Law, International Legal Studies Program, American University Washington College of Law, Washington DC

12:30-2pm, Washington College of Law, 4801 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Rm. 603

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CLE Institute Course Series on Human Rights, Co-sponsored with 

Wednesday, June 11

International Courts and their Role in Ensuring the Effectiveness of International Law: An Assessment from the Bench

 

Antônio Cançado Trindade, Judge, International Court of Justice, United Nations, The Hague, The Netherlands

Sylvia Steiner, Judge, International Criminal Court, United Nations, The Hague, The Netherlands

Fausto Pocar, Judge, International Criminal Tribunal of the former Yugoslavia, United Nations, The Hague, The Netherlands

Moderator:

Elizabeth Andersen, Executive Vice President and Executive Director, American Society of International Law (ASIL), Washington DC

6:00-7:30pm, ASIL, Tillar House, 2223 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington DC

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Thursday, June 12
Current debate on the ‘strengthening’ of the Inter-American System

 

Carlos Ayala Corao, Former President, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Organization of American States (OAS)

Emilio Álvarez Icaza, Executive Secretary, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Organization of American States (OAS), Washington DC

Pablo Saavedra Alessandri, Secretary, Inter-American Court of Human Rights, Organization of American States (OAS), San José, Costa Rica

Viviana Krsticevic, Executive Director, Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), Washington DC

Moderator:

Claudia Martin, Professorial Lecturer in Residence and Co-Director, Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, American University Washington College of Law, Washington DC

12:30-2pm, Washington College of Law, 4801 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Rm. 603

RSVP HERE


     
Film Festival

Wednesday, May 28

Saving Face

Time: 12:30
Rm. 603

English Only


Wednesday, June 4

Sons of the Clouds: the last colony

Time: 12:30
Rm. 603

Spanish with English Subtitles

Wednesday, June 11

Documentary on the Current Situation in Venezuela

Time: 12:30
Rm. 603

English and Spanish