Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition

The 21st Annual Inter-American Human Rights Moot

Court Competition will take place May 22-27, 2016

The 20th Anniversary Competition was made possible with the generous support of the Ford Foundation

The Competition was established to train attorneys on how to use the Inter-American human rights legal system as a legitimate forum for redressing human rights violations. The Competition requires students to argue the merits of a hypothetical case written on a cutting-edge topic currently being debated within the Inter-American human rights legal system. All student team members must be enrolled in a Juris Doctor (JD) degree program or its international equivalent to participate as a team. The oral round sessions occur in May, in Washington, DC.

In the past 20 years, we have:

  • Trained 2800+ student and faculty participants from 270+ universities from 40+ countries on the Inter-American human rights legal system (map)
  • Expanded to a trilingual Competition (English, Spanish, Portuguese)
  • Created a network of alumni who currently work at local, national and international NGOs, human rights governmental offices, and the Inter-American Court and Commission of Human Rights.
  • Involved private attorneys, human rights practitioners, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights attorneys and diplomatic corps members as volunteer judges
  • Increased yearly participation of teams and countries represented
  • Inspired law schools to create courses and clinics based on the Inter-American system

CONTACT US

Amanda Caldeira
Competition Coordinator
Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition
Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
American University Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016
Phone: 202-274-4215
Fax: 202-274-4198
iamoot@wcl.american.edu