Training & Human Rights Promotion

Human Rights of Older and Aging Persons

The Academy has been invited by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to implement the research project to develop a comparative analysis of the international and regional human rights of older and aging persons including the recommendations for the way forward at global and regional levels. The Academy Co-directors Claudia Martin and Diego Rodríguez Pinzón lead the project as principal investigators. The project also enables them to continue the research efforts that began with the study on international human rights status of elderly persons that was supported by the grant from the Borchard Foundation and published in the American University International Law Review in 2003. 

The research focuses on identifying key instruments and jurisprudence of international and regional human rights law, emerging legal standards in the regions, and the works of the specialized agencies including but not limited to World Health Organization, Pan-American Health Organization, and International Labor Organization.  In the first phase of the project  research activities focus on identifying instruments and jurisprudence within the universal human rights systems as well as a number of regions including Africa, the Arab States, Asia and the Pacific, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. In the following phase the project team will analyze and compare the research findings and formulate recommendations for the way forward to further advance the protection and realization of the identified rights.

During the research activities and comparative analysis, the project team at the Academy also takes into account the objectives and principles of strategy and policy documents issued by the UNFPA, in particular its 2008-2011 Strategic Plan. Additionally, by implementing the project the Academy intends to provide the UNFPA staff with additional tools for the programs that support the national institutions and civil society in their efforts to implement strategies and actions of the International Conference on Population and Development.

The Academy plans to organize a high-level expert meeting as a part of the Human Rights Month in June 2010. At the meeting a group of senior practitioners and academics will review and comment on the research findings, legal analysis and recommendations.


Legal Education Partnerships

The Academy coordinates and develops Legal Education Partnership projects with academic institutions in countries in Latin America and Europe. It has developed projects in Ecuador, Venezuela, Colombia, Central America, Argentina and Mexico, carried out under the sponsorship of the National Endowment for Democracy, the Swedish NGO Foundation, Netherlands' Cooperation Ministry and USAID, to support local capacity development in the area of International Human Rights Protection within university structures.

Cooperation Agreements

The Academy is continuously negotiating agreements with universities and government agencies throughout the world, especially within the Americas and Europe, to strengthen their knowledge of international human rights law. The main goal of the university agreements is for the Academy to complement the universities’ programs of study. With the government agencies, the agreements allow training opportunities for those public officials involved. These agreements include provisions regarding the participation of visiting professors and the attendance of international students and governmental officials in the Academy Summer Program, the participation of student teams in the Academy’s Inter-American Moot Court Competition, the organization of human rights training courses abroad, and the preparation and publication of training materials, among other publications.