Since 2015, as part of an ongoing effort to increase the transparency and visibility of the nomination and elections process for regional human rights commissioners and judges, the Open Society Justice Initiative, the Due Process of Law Foundation, and the Center for Justice and International Law have convened an independent panel of experts to evaluate the qualifications of candidates who have applied to serve as commissioners and judges for the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. This year, the Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law will support the work of the Independent Panel by serving as its Secretariat. With the support of numerous NGOs, universities, and bar associations throughout the region, these organizations share a common commitment to strengthening the Inter-American Human Rights System through the principle of fair, transparent, and inclusive elections, and through the nomination of qualified and independent candidates.
During the next OAS General Assembly taking place in Medellin, Colombia, the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights will renew four of its seven members. The deadline to present candidates for the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights is 90 days before the day of election.