Hypothetical Case

The Competition is based on a hypothetical case written by experts in the Inter-American human rights legal system and reflects a cutting-edge legal issue currently being debated in the region. 

2022 Theme: Climate change and Human Rights: Impacts, Responsibilities, and Opportunities.

The 2022 hypothetical case will be available on December 10th, 2021!

2021 Hypothetical Case: ¨Human Rights and States of Emergency: Unexpected Crisis and New Challenges¨

Previous topics have addressed:

  • Human Rights and States of Emergency: Unexpected Crisis and New Challenges
  • Rule of Law and Human Rights: Strengthening Democratic Institutions
  • Gender Violence and International Human Rights Law
  • Emerging Challenges in the Relationship Between International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law
  • Extractive Industries and Human Rights
  • Transitional Justice, International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
  • Rights of Persons with Disabilities and International Human Rights Law
  • LGBTI Rights
  • State of emergency
  • Freedom of speech
  • Gender discrimination & rape
  • Freedom of press
  • Right to life
  • Torture
  • Fair trial
  • Labor unions
  • Indigenous rights
  • Terrorism
  • Environment and human rights
  • Migration
  • Freedom of expression
  • Transitional Justice, International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

Previous authors have included:

  • Inter-American Commission on Human Rights attorneys
  • Former Indigenous Rights Rapporteur to the OAS
  • Leaders of prominent NGOs

To read past hypothetical cases, please visit the Past Competitions page and click on the title of the case you would like to read.

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