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 2015 Hypothetical Case will focus on the topic of "Transitional Justice, International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law" and will be written by Rodrigo Uprimny Yepes and Nelson Camilo Sanchez Leon. The case will be published on December 10, 2014. You can read biographies of the authors below.
Rodrigo Uprimny Yepes
Lawyer, Ph.D. in Political Economy from the University of Amiens Picardie, DSU (Master’s Degree) in Sociology of Law at the University of Paris II, and DEA (Master’s Degree) in Socio-Economics of Development from the University of Paris I (IEDES). Currently, he serves as Director of the Research Center for Law, Justice, and Society (DEJUSTICIA), and professor of Constitutional Law, Human Rights and Theory of the States at the National University of Bogota. He is the Director of the Master’s Program in Law at the National Universidad. He is the author of numerous articles on human rights, constitutional law, the tensions between law and economics, drug trafficking, and the administration of justice. Among these publications are “ The Colombian Laboratory: Drugs and Administration of Justice in Colombia”; Legitimacy and Convenience of the Constitutional Control of the Economy”; "Violence, Power and Collective Action: A Comparison Between Bolivia and Colombia" and “ Constitutional Court and Social Emancipation in Colombia”
Nelson Camilo Sánchez León
Investigative coordinator of transitional justice at the Research Center for Law, Justice, and Society (DEJUSTICIA) and associate professor at the National University of Colombia. He received his law degree from University of Colombia and his Master in International Law from the University of Harvard. He has been a Romulo Gallegos Fellow at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (Washington DC) and was a researcher at the Colombian Commission of Justice (CCJ).
Nelson’stopics of interest are transitional justice, human rights, armed conflict and economic, social, and cultural rights. His most recently publications are: Justice for Peace: Atrocious Crimes, the Right to Justice and Negotiated Peace” (2003) (Co-authored with Uprimny, R. and Sanchez, L); “Corporate Accountability, Reparations, and Distributive Justice in Post-Conflict Societies (2013) (en: Michalowski, S., Corporate Accountability in the Context of Transitional Justice); and “Action for Restitution in the Context of Transitional Justice” (2002) (co-authored with A. Bolivar).
The 2014 Hypothetical Case is available here.
Previous topics have addressed:
- 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
- fair trial
- labor unions
- indigenous rights
- environment and human rights
- freedom of expression
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.
OAS & OAS-related information
Organization of American States (OAS)
Rules of Procedure of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
Inter-American Court of Human Rights
American Convention on Human Rights:
Additional Protocol to the American Convention on Human Rights in the Area of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights "Protocol Of San Salvador"
American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man:
Inter-American Human Rights Digest Project
Cases Published By the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
Cases Published By the Inter-American Court on Human Rights
Inter-American Human Rights Database