The Initiative on Transparency and Election Monitoring in the Inter-American Human Rights System

The Initiative on Transparency and Election Monitoring seeks to strengthen the standards, transparency, and engagement of civil society in the election of judges and commissioners in the Inter-American Human Rights System. The project advances civil society's efforts to improve the nomination/election process of commissioners and judges, and strengthens the ability of these institutions to promote and protect peoples’ rights by supporting a Independent Panel for the Election of Inter-American Human Rights Judges.

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. 

2019 Upcoming Events

Between May and June 2019, the Project will host three events in which the Independent Panel of Experts will present its final report.  The first two events will take place in Washington, D.C., and the third event will take place during the OAS General Assembly in Medellin, Colombia.  Details related to these events will be published soon.   

The 2019 panel is composed of internationally renowned human rights expert listed below: 

Meet the Panel of Experts

Current and Previous Reports

Reports and Articles on Elections and Transparency

Relevant Resolutions and Guidelines

Comparative Approaches to Nomination and Election