Academy Co-Director Diego Rodríguez-Pinzón introduces Alumni Association President Juan Pablo Albán at the 2006 Awards Luncheon

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Board of Directors 2013-2014 of the Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition Participant Association:

President: Andrea Rodríguez Zavala

Andrea Rodriguez Zavala, is an attorney who graduated from the University of Monterrey (UDEM) in December of 2012, with a thesis titled "The Crime of Forced Disappearance of Persons in the Light of International Law of Human Rights. Proposal for Implementation in the Federal and State System."

She participated as Team Member in the Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition organized by American University Washington College of Law, in the fourteenth edition (2009) and as Observer and Co-advisor of the team that represented the University of Monterrey (UDEM) during the fifteenth edition (2010).

She wrote an Amicus Curiae with the University of Monterrey (UDEM) in 2009. She has been a member of the International Legal Honor Society Phi Delta Phi since April 2010, where she served as vice president in Chapter Santos-Theriot at the University of Monterrey (UDEM) in 2012. She has been participating in various UN models, parliamentary simulations and speech contests, at the state, national and international level. Additionally, she participated in the Model UN UNITESO 2010, organized by the Technological Institute of Higher Studies (ITESO) in Jalisco, Mexico, where she participated in the International Criminal Court area.

She has been a Judge for the Inter-American Human Rights Competition hosted by American University Washington College of Law  since 2011. Sshe dedicated all her university period to the competition, sitting on the Honor Panel in the final round of the 2013 edition of the Competition. Moreover, she was selected to be a judge in the Ibero-American Human Rights Competition "Francisco Suarez" in 2012 and 2013.

She has been constantly active in all matters concerning research and strategic litigation in Human Rights since 2009, together with the NGO "Litiga Olé" in Mexico City. Additonally, she worked with the State Human Rights Commission of Nuevo Leon in 2011 and early 2012.

Her passion for Human Rights, specifically in the area of ​​strategic litigation, allowed her to apply for and obtain an internship at the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) in Washington DC for the period of January to April 2013.

Currently, she is co-founder of the firm Rodriguez Salinas Lawyers in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Her main focus is giving legal support through the full implementation of Human Rights in particular matters.

First Vicepresident: Dr. Eduardo Brito

Dr. Eduardo Brito is a lawyer with 24 years of professional experience. He has worked in private, public and international settings. He practices in Brazilian, Ecuadorian and US jurisdictions. He is on leave of absence from the Ecuadorean Foreign Service, and recently left the World Bank’s Legal Vice-Presidency in Washington, D.C. to become a partner at Brito, Moran, O’Brien & Ponce.

Doctor Brito has legal degrees from Harvard Law School, the University of Brasilia and the Catholic University of Ecuador.

His doctoral dissertation “The Diplomatic Asylum: a Latin-American Human Right” has guided Ecuador’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs with its traditional humanitarian practice of granting asylum to worldwide known political figures. 

As an expert in human rights, Dr. Brito has represented human rights victims in different courts, including but not limited to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Washington, D.C. and the Inter-American Court on Human Rights in Costa Rica.

He has served several times as a Judge in the Washington College of Law’s Human Rights Moot Court Competition.   

Doctor Eduardo Brito is a native speaker of both Spanish and Portuguese, fluent in English and has working knowledge of the French language.

Second Vicepresident: Marcelo Alberto Lopez Alfonsin

Marcelo graduated as a lawyer from the Faculty of Law and social Sciences of the University of Buenos Aires in 1986. He also obtained his Master’s Degree in Human Environment from the Faculty of Law of the National University of Lomas de Zamora in 2001 and his Doctor’s degree in Law from the University of Buenos Aires in 2012. He is an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Law of the University of Buenos Aires and teaches courses such as “Legal Regime of Natural Resources” and “Human Rights and Guarantees”. He is an adjunct professor as well in the Social Sciences Department of the National University of Lujan. He is a graduate professor in the Master of Magistracy, in the Master of Environmental Law, in both the specialization program of Natural Resources and Environment and in the Specialization Program of Constitutional Law of the University of Buenos Aires Law School. He is the co-director at the University of Buenos Aires Law School of the Refresher Program in Defense of Anti-trust Rules, Consumer and User Rights.

He is the author of more than 90 publications such as books, contributions in collective works and doctrine articles about themes such as constitutional rights, human rights and environmental rights.

He is the former adviser of the National Constituent Assembly in 1994. He is also the former adviser of the Constituent Assembly of the city of Buenos Aires (1996), the Constituent Assembly of the Province of Neuquén (2005/6) and of the Constituent Assembly of the Province Entre Rios (2008).

Currently, he is the Technical Adviser for the Commission for the Rights and Guarantees of the Honorable Senate.

He was the President of the National Forests Administration during 2001.

Secretary: Dr. Andrés González Serrano

Andrés González Serrano is a Colombian lawyer. He graduated Magna cum Laude from the Nueva Granada Military University. He specialized in the Teaching Methodology for University students Program in the same university. He also obtained a master’s degree in Administrative law there. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in International Protection of Human Rights in the University of Alcalá in Spain where he is also working on a PhD on Human Rights.

He published 3 of his articles  in the Revista Prolegómenos Derechos y Valores de la Universidad Militar Nueva Granada. He’s also the autor of a book called “Agotamiento de Recursos Internos ¿Mecanismo de Defensa Estatal ante la Corte Interamericana?” and of 2 different chapters in other books. He wrote several papers about Human Rights.

Furthermore, he’s the founding member of the Network of Schools and Faculties of Law in favor of a human rights and humanitarian law culture, and of the Academic Network on International Human rights and Humanitarian Law and its protection mechanisms.

Finally, he’s a professor in the following courses: Inter-American system of protection for Human Rights, Theory of Human Rights, Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and Analysis of the case law of the Inter-American Court on Human Rights.

Treasurer: Raúl Fernando Núñez Marín

Raúl Núñez Marín is a Colombian lawyer. He obtained his law degree from the Pontificial Javerian  University in Cali where he graduated with honors. After that, he pursued a specialization in Commercial Law at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogota. He received a diploma from American University Washington College of Law for his participation in the Special Program about Human Rights and Humanitarian law in 2011. At the moment, he’s pursuing a Master’s Degree in Law at the Sergio Arboleda University in Bogota.

He’s currently working as a consulting lawyer and the deputy manager at Consultoría y Asesoría Empresarial LTDA. Besides that, he’s also an adjunct professor at the Pontificial Javerian University in Cali where he teaches courses such as International Arbitration, International Jurisprudence and Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. He has taught General Trade law in 2008. Furthermore, he has been a tutor/coach for International Competitions about Human Rights since 2009. Finally, he has been a professor in the Specialization “Culture of Peace and Humanitarian law program” for which he has taught about the Inter-American system on Human Rights. He’s also taught the course Legal Framework of the Organization in the High Management Program.

 

The incoming Board of Directors wishes to welcome the new members of the Participant Association and also invite all the ex participants of the competition to register as members.

If you have any question or suggestion that will contribute to improve the work of the Participant Association and the Competition don’t hesitate to contact us at the email: participantassociation@gmail.com.

You can also keep updated on the Association on their facebook page.

 

Previous Board of Directors

Board of Directors 2011-2012

President: Namiko Matzumoto
First Vice President: Laura Alicia Camarillo
Second Vice President: Mildred Lissette Hernandez
Secretary: Jose Lemus
Treasurer: Javier Galindo

Board of Directors 2010-2011
President: Daniel Andrés Salamanca Pérez
First Vice President: Ana Priscilla Ortíz Saborío
Second Vice President: Chacel Colorado Piña
Secretary: Santiago Medina
Treasurer: Marianna Belalba

Board of Directors 2009-2010
President: María José Veramendi Villa
First Vice-president: Juan Carlos Arjona Estévez
Second Vice-president: Jorge Calderón Gamboa
Secretary: David Cordero Heredia
Treasurer: María Daniela Rivero K

Board of Directors 2008-2009
President: Ángela Ramírez
First Vice-president: Carlos Bernal
Second Vice-president: David Cordero
Secretary: Santiago Pérez Calderón
Treasurers: Karlos Castilla and Adolfo Sánchez Alegre*
*For the period 2008-2009, the Board of Directors had two treasurers, due to the fact that there was a tie between two candidates and the Draft Bylaws do not establish what process to follow in case of ties.

Founding Board of Directors 2006-2008
President: Juan Pablo Albán
Vice-president: Julio José Rojas
Secretary: Nelson Camilo Sánchez

 

AWARDS

"Outstanding Contributions to the Competition" Award 2011: Adolfo Sanchez Alegre

Previous "Outstanding Contributions to the Competition" winners:

“Outstanding Contributions to the Competition” Award 2010: Namiko Mazumoto Benitez

Namiko Matzumoto Benítez, is probably one of the people that you can see more frequently in the competition since 1998 when she represented the Universidad Veracruzana where she is currently a professor. Mrs Matzumoto is a technician in accountancy, graduated from the Centro de Estudio Tecnológicos number 13 in Xalapa, Veracruz and is also a Lawyer from the Universidad Veracruzana. She has a Masters degree in Juridical Psychology and Criminology from the Instituto Universitario de Puebla and has a Ph.D. degree from the same institution at Xalapa’s Campus. She was the coach of her university’s team in 2002 and 2003, and she has been a judge since 2004. Currently, she is the Chief of the Communications of the Administrative Tribunal Unit of the State of Veracruz, full time researcher at the General Direction of Research of the Universidad Veracruzana and teaches Interamerican Human Rights System and International Humanitarian Law courses at the Law Faculty of the same university. Every participant that has ever been judged by her remarks on her outstanding knowledge of the Universal and Inter-American Systems as well of International Humanitarian Law. Out of the audiences, Namiko has become an endearing friend for coaches and participants, as well as judges and directors of the Academy.

“Outstanding Contributions to the Competition” Award 2009: Dr. David S. Berry

Dr. David S. Berry is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill Campus, in Barbados. He teaches the general course in Public International Law, specialized courses in Caribbean Integration Law, Law of International Organizations, and International Mooting. He practices in the areas of Inter-American human rights, Caribbean Community law, investment arbitration law and the law of the sea.

Dr. Berry has been participating in the Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court competition every year since 1999 (with the exception of two years when he was overseas). He first attended the competition as an observer, and was immediately convinced to bring teams of students. The University of the West Indies sends two (2) teams each year because it represents the entire Caribbean region. At this time, the University serves 16 different countries or territories in the West Indies: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts/Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. UWI’s teams are competitively selected, on the basis of both written and oral arguments, with all second and third year law students being eligible. Depending upon the composition of the two teams, one team tends to represent the Eastern Caribbean regions and the other the Western. Although the UWI team members are given basic training through their participation in the International Mooting course, they are faced with the challenge of learning the Inter-American jurisprudence pretty much on their own, and without the luxury of many English language textbooks. But the participation by UWI students in the moot court competition has had a ripple effect for knowledge of Inter-American law and human rights law generally in the Caribbean. Past participants have been so excited by the Inter-American jurisprudence that they have gone on to dedicate a substantial portion of their legal practice to human rights law. This is tremendously important for the CaribbeanCommonwealth, where even though there is a strong jurisprudence of constitutional rights, there is not as great an awareness of international human rights or of the Inter-American system of human rights. Dr. Berry has himself been profoundly influenced by his experience in the competition. Many years of coaching has increased his awareness of the complexities of Inter-American human rights law, and he has had the privilege of putting some of this knowledge to use in litigation before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

“Rookie of the Year” Award 2011: Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina

Previous “Rookie of the Year” Awards:

"Rookie of the Year" Award 2010: Universidad Icesi de Cali (Valle) Colombia
"Rookie of the Year" Award 2009:
Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
“Rookie of the Year” Award 2008: Universidad Católica de Colombia
“Rookie of the Year” Award 2007: Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico
“Rookie of the Year” Award 2006: Universidad de La Sabana (Colombia)