Information for Volunteers

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition. The Competition could not exist without the valued contributions of individuals like you. In return, the Competition promises to give you unequaled exposure to the Inter-American Human Rights system, valuable experience in event planning, moot court, and international education, and exposure to leading legal professionals, academics and human rights activists from around the world.

Who Can Volunteer

Volunteer opportunities are open to anyone interested in assisting in the competition and willing to commit their time to its successful organization, including high school, university or graduate students, working professionals, and retirees. As this is a tri-lingual competition (English, Spanish and Portuguese), individuals with experience in at least two of the Competition languages are highly desirable.

Volunteer Opportunities

The bulk of the volunteer opportunities for the 2018 Competition will occur leading up to and during the week of the Competition, May 20-25, 2018. Depending on your skills and interests, you can donate your time to the Competition in the following ways:

Bailiffs: Students and professionals interested in receiving a front-row seat to the Competition’s oral rounds are invited to volunteer as bailiffs. Bailiffs are responsible for preparing score sheets, setting up their assigned room, communicating any problems with the Competition staff, keeping time during the oral rounds, enforcing the rules, overseeing all documents, and returning completed score sheets to Competition staff. Serving as a bailiff is a wonderful opportunity to network with the Competition judges, as well as learn the ins and outs of the moot court. The Technical Committee will select as many as 20 bailiffs through a competitive application process until all positions are filled. We ask that bailiffs attend a training session and oversee at least three oral rounds per day during the course of the Competition, arrive at least 30 minutes early for those rounds, and adhere to all written instructions provided by the Competition Coordinator. Interested parties may apply online by April 16, 2018; however once all positions have been filled the application process will close. Students who attend universities that are participating in the competition CANNOT participate as bailiffs.

Organizational Staff: A variety of opportunities are available to students looking to enhance their portfolio in event planning or international education. Volunteers must be available May 20 - 25 for training and Competition organization and administration.  Volunteers will assist a variety of Competition tasks, including score-keeping and recording, the preparation and dissemination of certificates, managing bailiffs, answering questions, relaying information, leading field trips to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and overseeing the set-up and tear-down of the various Competition events. Interested parties must send their CV/resume and a letter of interested by email to the Competition Coordinator, Amanda Caldeira, by April 16, 2018.

Benefits of Volunteering

Volunteers will find themselves as part of a premier network of human rights activists and legal professionals from around the world. They will gain precious exposure to cutting-edge dialogues in human rights, as well as the systems that guarantee their protection. Moreover, volunteers will be able to put on their resume that they assisted with one of the most important and well-respected competitions in the Western Hemisphere.

Additionally, all volunteers will receive a certificate of appreciation for their contribution to the Competition, and are eligible for a partial scholarship to the Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, immediately following the Competition.

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Wechsler First Amendment Moot Court Competition October 20 9:00AM-5:00PM Yuma Building - YT01 Fall Sports Law Symposium October 21 7:45AM-5:00PM Washington College of Law Burton D. Wechsler First Amendment Moot Court Competition October 23 12:00PM-1:00PM Washington College of Law Mindfulness Mondays October 25 4:00PM-5:00PM Washington College of Law Yoga Class October 26 12:30PM-5:00PM Yuma Building - YT01-01 Next Steps in Health Reform 2017 October 26 6:00PM-7:30PM Warren Building - NT01 Sixth Annual Peter A. 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