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The purpose of this page is to establish and maintain a communication space between all the Inter American Human Rights Moot Court Competition Participants Society members and related persons.

Our goal is to continue to develop relationships with Competition participants long after they have written their memorials and presented their oral arguments. Competition alumni have gone on to start non-profit organizations, work at newly-created State-level human rights commissions, and teach international human rights law to future human rights activist throughout the region.

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Join us as we begin a new decade of stimulating law students throughout the world to question the status quo and to use the law to redress human rights violations.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2019-2020

The Board of Directors 2019-2020 of the Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition Participant Association:

David Guerra Restrepo- President - Presidente
Abogado, magister en Migraciones Internacionales y Derechos Humanos. Judicante Consulado General Central de Colombia en Nueva York, 2011. Ha sido profesor en Derecho Internacional de los Derechos Humanos (DIDH y Derecho Internacional Humanitario (DIH). Ha realizado trabajos con organizaciones migratorias como Catholic Charities y el concejo Distrital de la ciudad de Washington DC.US. Participante del International Human Right Moot Court Competition de American University en el año 2010, y consecutivamente como juez. Es egresado del “Programa de Estudios Avanzados en Derechos Humanos y Derecho Internacional Humanitario”, y del programa “Inglés Legal para Abogados Extranjeros”, ambos de American University Washington College of Law. Participante en calidad de juez del “Jessup international Moot Court Competition” en Washington, DC. US. 

Annagrazia Fiorella Cotrina - Vice-President - Vicepresidenta
Abogada especialista en Gestión Pública por la Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad de San Martín de Porres; Diplomada en Estrategia y Política para la Defensa por la National Defense University; y, co-fundadora e integrante de Behavioral Economics & Data Science Team. Cuenta con experiencia nacional e internacional tanto en el ámbito académico como profesional. Ha trabajado más de 4 años en el Aeropuerto Internacional Jorge Chávez, ha sido consultora de la Organización de los Estados Americanos, y actualmente labora en la oficina de Vida Universitaria de la Facultad de Derecho de la USMP. Ha participado en el Moot Court de American University como Jueza en los años 2016 y 2019. 

Juan Carlos Guzmán - Vocal
Abogado especializado en Derecho Empresarial y Derecho Comercial. Director Jurídico de la Fundación For everyone y la organización we are more.

Diana Arevalo - Secretary - Secretaria
Lic en Humanidades y especialista en literatura de la, estudiante de octavo semestre de derecho de la Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia. Miembro del Comité Ambiental en Defensa de la vida.  Investigadora, categoria B Colciencias.

Lizeth Charris - Treasurer - Tesorera
Abogada, con énfasis en derecho laboral, investigación y docencia en comunidades LGBT.  Abogada Corporación de derechos Humanos para personas LGBT Caribe Afirmativo.

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 2018-2019
President: Jimena Rodríguez
Vice President: Federico Ariel Vaschetto
Secretary: Luz León
Spokesman: Shaneel Myles 
Spokesman: Mariana Scolaro 
Treasurer: Paula Danesse

Board of Directors 2017-2018
President: Miguel Barboza
Vice President: Jimena Rodríguez
Secretary: Gabriel Cejas
Spokesman: Jorge Guillermo Olveda
Spokesman: Ezequiel Altamirano
Treasurer: Zoraida Lucia Becerra

Board of Directors 2016-2017
President: Mariel Ortega
First Vice President: Miguel Barboza
Second Vice President: Jimena Rodríguez
Secretary: Gabriel Cejas
Spokesman: Jorge Guillermo Olveda
Spokesman: Ezequiel Altamirano
Treasurer: Zoraida Lucia Becerra

Board of Directors 2014-2015
President: Felix Humberto Paz Moreno
Vice President: Santiago Medina Villareal
Secretary: Jose Antonio Morales Notario
Treasurer: Felipe Franco Gutierrez

Board of Directors 2013-2014

President: Andrea Rodriguez Zavala

First Vice-President: Eduardo Brito

Second Vice-President: Marcelo Alberto Lopez Alfonsin

Secretary: Andres Gonzalez Serrano

Treasurer: Raul Fernando Núñez Marín

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 Caribbean Commonwealth, 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)