Hypothetical Case

The Competition is based on a hypothetical case written by experts in the Inter-American human rights legal system and reflects a cutting-edge legal issue currently being debated in the region. The 2016 Hypothetical Case will focus on the topic of "Extractive Industries and Human Rights " and will be written by Katya Salazar and Daniel Cerqueira, from the Due Process of Law Foundation (DPLF). The case will be published on December 9, 2015. You can read biographies of the authors below.

The 2016 Hypothetical Case is available here.

Katya Salazar

Katya Salazar is a Peruvian attorney and has worked at the DPLF since 2004. After having worked as Programs Director, she assumed the direction of the organization in 2009. Since then, she has promoted a greater involvement of DPLF in the new challenges presented in the region. Under her leadership, DPLF created the human rights and extractive industries program and became involved in the defense of the inter-American system of human rights. Katya has authored various articles and has lead several conferences on the topics in which she specializes, representing DPLF in many Latin American countries and the world. The central topics on which she works at DPLF are: judicial independence, inter-American law, the rights of indigenous peoples, access to justice, and transitional justice.

Before joining the DPLF team, Katya was the Adjunct Coordinator of the Special Investigations Unit of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Peru, where she was in charge of investigating grave human rights violations that occurred during the armed conflict in that country. She was also part of the legal team of the Coalition Against Impunity (Nuremberg, Germany) that prepared the denunciation and promoted the criminal procedure in Germany against members of the Argentinian military for the disappearance of German citizens during the Argentinian dictatorship.

Katya studied law at the Catholic University of Peru and has a Masters in German Law and International Public Law from the University of Heidelberg, Germany. In 1997, she was the Latin American Legal Fellow for the International Human Rights Law Group (currently Global Rights), where she carried out investigations and human rights-related activities before the Organization of American States (OAS).

Daniel Cerqueira

Daniel Cerqueira is a Brazilian lawyer that joined the DPLF team in January of 2014 to work on our Human Rights and Extractive Industries Program. As Senior Program Officer of our Human Rights and Extractive Industries Program Daniel carries out research, advocacy and outreach activities on human rights violations related to extractive activities and the international responsibilities of States involved in this industry. Daniel also assists our Executive Director in monitoring deliberations at the OAS and civil society discussions on the functioning of the Inter-American Human Rights System.

Daniel has a Masters in International Law with Honors from Georgetown University (USA) and is currently completing a Masters Degree with the Global Rights and Constitutional Democracy Program at the Universitá degli Studi di Genova in Italy. He obtained his law degree from the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais and a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the Pontificia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais in Brazil. Before joining DPLF, he worked for 8 years as a lawyer at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) where he worked with the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, the Protection Division and the Andean II (Bolivia and Peru) Regional Section. Daniel was also part of the team responsible for extending technical advice to the Commissioners during the IACHR’s 2012-2013 reform process. He has given presentations and trainings on various issues related to the Inter-American Human Rights System to judicial officials, indigenous groups, human rights defenders and academics. Daniel has also written articles and opinion columns on international relations, international public rights and international human rights.

The 2015 Hypothetical Case is available here.

Previous topics have addressed:

  • Transitional Justice, International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
  • Rights of Persons with Disabilities and International Human Rights Law
  • LGBTI Rights
  • state of emergency
  • freedom of speech
  • gender discrimination & rape
  • freedom of press
  • right to life
  • torture
  • fair trial
  • labor unions
  • indigenous rights
  • terrorism
  • environment and human rights
  • migration
  • freedom of expression
  • Transitional Justice, International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

Previous authors have included:

  • Inter-American Commission on Human Rights attorneys
  • Former Indigenous Rights Rapporteur to the OAS
  • Leaders of prominent NGOs

To read past hypothetical cases, please visit the Past Competitions page and click on the title of the case you would like to read.

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