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    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 2020 Hypothetical Case  focuses on the topic of "Rule of Law and Human Rights: Strengthening Democratic Institutions."

    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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