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. The 2019 Hypothetical Case will focus on the topic of "The Protection of Migrants Under International Human Rights Law" and will be written by Álvaro Botero Navarro , member of the United Nations Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families (CMW). The case will be published on December 7, 2018. You can read a biography of the author below.

Alvaro botero navarro

Alvaro Botero Navarro is a member of the United Nations Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families (CMW) and Coordinator for Human Rights Monitoring and for the Rapporteurship on the Rights of Migrants at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). His work has focused on protecting the human rights of migrant persons, asylum seekers, stateless persons, victims of human trafficking and internally displaced people, and he has prepared several publications and reports on these issues. In his work at the IACHR he has organized or participated in country visits to Mexico, the Dominican Republic, the United States, Colombia, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Honduras, to monitor reception conditions at the border, conditions at immigration detention centers, living conditions for migrant workers and their families in bateyes, and displaced communities, among others. Currently, he also serves as an adjunct professor on the Rights of Refugees of the Academy’s LL.M. in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. He has provided legal counsel to internally displaced persons in Colombia, to migrant and refugee organizations in Mexico, and worked for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB). He was a panelist in numerous conferences and taught several courses in universities in Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala and Mexico. He received his law degree from the Universidad del Norte in Colombia, and his Masters in advanced legal studies from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid in Spain. He has taken specialized courses at the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford and the University of Essex in the United Kingdom, Georgetown University in the United States, the Åbo Akademi University in Finland, the European University Institute in Italy, the Institut International des Droits de L’Homme in France, the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and the Centro de Estudios Políticos y Constitucionales in Spain

Previous topics have addressed:

  • 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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