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.
Check back here often as the alumni group expands. We intend to highlight alumni and connect past and future participants.
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.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Board of Directors 2016-2017 of the Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition Participant Association:
MARIEL ORTEGA (PRESIDENT)
MIGUEL BARBOZA (FIRST VICE-PRESIDENT)
Miguel Barboza earned his law degree from the Universidad Católica de Santa Maria, Arequipa, Peru, in 2013. In 2011, he became Director of International Affairs at the Foreign Affairs Institute in Colombia. In 2013 he participated as an oralist in the Inter-American Moot Court Competition on Human Rights in the American University Washington College of Law and ,since then, he has actively participated as a judge in the same competition. In 2014 he was appointed as a member of the Advisory Council of the Institute of Human Rights and Development Universidad de San Martín de Porres. Since 2015, he has been working as a lawyer at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in the Registry Section. And Mr. Barboza is currently a LL.M. candidate in International Human Rights Law of the University of Notre Dame.
JIMENA RODRÍGUEZ (SECOND VICE-PRESIDENT)
Jimena Rodríguez has passages at UNICEF in the Madrid Committee and at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. She has worked as a senior lawyer for the Specialized Supranational Public Prosecutor of the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights of Peru. Professor Rodriguez has a Master in Fundamental Rights by the Carlos III University of Madrid. She is a visiting lecturer at the Master program of Constitutional Law and Human Rights of the Catholic University of Santa María (Arequipa). She has participated as a judge in various national and international competitions such as: Yachay (Peru); CEJA (Costa Rica); and the Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition (United States). She also directs the Research Group on Human Rights at the University La Salle. She has both national and international publications.
GABRIEL CEJAS (SECRETARY)
Gabriel Cejas received his law degree from the Universidade Nacional de Tucumán, Argentina. Currently he is working in the Department of Human Rights and Guarantees of the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences of said University. He participated in the Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition as an orator, and then as a judge for oral and written rounds. He completed his advanced post-graduate studies in the area of Human Rights in the U.N.T., and in the Program for Advanced Studies in Human Rights, by the American University in Washington D.C. He served as adviser to the Honorable Council of the City of Tucuman in the preparation of regulation drafts related to the protection of the rights of persons with disabilities and public participation. Since 2014 he is a member of the Judiciary of Tucuman, currently being Secretary-Rapporteur on the Family and Probate Court.
JORGE GUILLERMO OLVEDA (SPOKESMAN)
In 1999 he obtained the title of lawyer from the University of Guadalajara and attended the Masters at Law at the same university, obtaining the prize Jorge Fernández Ruiz for the best master's thesis in the 2009-2010 cycle. Currently he completed his doctoral studies administered by the Institute of International Law and State. Since 2011 Mr. Olveda is a law professor of Public International Law at the University of Guadalajara. He is a partner of the firm Olveda García Abogados. In 2007, he was a member of the National Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites, ICOMOS, an UNESCO auxiliary body. He has participated as coach of the team from the University of Guadalajara in the Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition, organized by the American University Washington College of Law, during the years 2012-2016 and has been a judge in the competition Sergio García Ramírez organized by the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México during the years 2014- 2016.
EZEQUIEL ALTAMIRANO (SPOKESMAN)
Ezequiel Altamirano is a Doctor of Law by the National institute of Legal Development. He is a member of the American Association of Jurists. – an UN consultative NGO. Altamirano has been a judge for several years in the Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition organized by the American University Washington College of Law. He has been also a prosecutor and human rights advisor to the Attorney General of the State of Mexico. He teaches at the graduate and post-graduate level for Laureate Universities (Technological University of Mexico and Mexico Valley College). And he also has several national and international publications
ZORAIDA LUCIA BECERRA (TREASURER)
Zoraida Lucia Becerra is a Colombian lawyer graduated from the Nueva Granada Military University in Bogota, Colombia and accredited licensed attorney in Spain. She obtained a Master in International Studies from the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain and currently is a Doctoral Candidate at the same University; Her research focus is on the theoretical framework of the limits and challenges of reparations in the Regional and Universal Systems of Human Rights Protection. She has also conducted research on subjects as "Few considerations to the model of reparation from the Inter-American System of Human Rights." Besides her research activities, Ms. Becerra has been a participant in Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition as Bailiff and Judge in 2015 and 2016, respectively.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also keep updated on the Association on their facebook page.
Previous Board of Directors
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 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
"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)