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Academy Hosts the 24th Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition

Academy Hosts the 24th Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition

21 May, 2019

The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law proudly hosts the 24th Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition at the WCL Tenley Campus from May 19 – 24. The topic for this year's competition is "The Protection of Migrants under International Human Rights Law." 

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Diego Rodríguez-Pinzón Participates in Review of Mexico during the 66th Session of the UN Committee against Torture

Diego Rodríguez-Pinzón Participates in Review of Mexico during the 66th Session of the UN Committee against Torture

30 Apr, 2019

During the 66th session of the UN Committee against Torture, Professor Diego Rodríguez-Pinzón participated in a two-day review of Mexico regarding the torture and mistreatment of detainees by the state. The meeting was held from April 25-26, 2019, in Geneva.

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Professor Robert K. Goldman speaks at the ICJ's 18th World Congress

Professor Robert K. Goldman speaks at ICJ's 18th World Congress

28 Mar, 2019

Professor Robert K. Goldman, President of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) and Co-Chair of the Academy on International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, gave the opening speech of the ICJ’s 18th World Congress that took place on March 23 and 24 in Tunis, Tunisia.

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International Women's Day 2019

International Women's Day 2019

08 Mar, 2019

The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law is proud to highlight the distinguished group of women professors and guest lecturers that enrich our courses with diverse experiences and provide a critical gender perspective essential to the advancement of human rights.

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Expert Opinion co-authored by Professor Claudia Martin quoted in recent judgment

Expert Opinion Co-Authored by Professor Claudia Martin Quoted in Judgment of Women of Atenco Case

07 Mar, 2019

Professor Claudia Martin, Co-Director of the Academy on International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, and Professor Susana SáCouto, Director of the War Crimes Research Office, co-authored the Expert Opinion before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACtHR) for the case of Women Victims of Sexual Torture in Atenco v. Mexico, previously known as the the case of Selvas Gomez et al. v. Mexico.

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Professor Diego Rodríguez-Pinzón participated in high level regional seminar hosted by the Government of the Republic of Fiji

Professor Diego Rodríguez-Pinzón participates in high level regional seminar hosted by the Government of the Republic of Fiji

08 Feb, 2019

Professor Diego Rodríguez-Pinzón, Member of the UN Committee Against Torture (CAT), participated in the seminar, Ratification and implementation of the UN Convention against Torture in the Pacific: Supporting Pacific States with processes of legislative review and drafting anti-torture laws or amendments, convened by the Convention Against Torture Initiative (CTI), in partnership with the Universal Rights Group and the Regional Rights Resource Team of the Pacific Community.

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The Dire Human Rights Situation in Venezuela & Nicaragua

The Dire Human Rights Situation in Venezuela & Nicaragua

31 Dec, 2018

In follow up to the round table "Hemisphere in Crisis? The Dire Human Rights Situation in Venezuela and Nicaragua" the Academy recorded a series of interviews with some of the panelists who attended the event. In these interviews our speakers address some important questions such as actions that can be taken at the international level, the role that the OAS can play in these situations, and what has been the role of civil society both at the domestic and international levels.

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Celebrating International Migrants Day

Celebrating International Migrants Day

18 Dec, 2018

On December 18 the United Nations celebrates International Migrants Day. The purpose of the day is to remember people who have been displaced due to armed conflict, famine and other natural and man-made disasters. Given the growing importance of the issue, the Academy has elected “The Protection of Migrants under International Human Rights Law” as the topic for two of our programs in 2019: the 24th Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition and the Human Rights Essay Award.

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Professor Claudio Grossman Honored by Chilean President and the Senate of Chile

Professor Claudio Grossman Honored by Chilean President and the Senate of Chile

14 Dec, 2018

Last week, Academy’s Co-Chair, Dean Emeritus and Professor Claudio Grossman was honored by Chilean President Sebastián Piñera, and the Jewish community of Chile with the “Espíritu Maccabí Award”. The award was given in recognition for his work in defense of human rights. The Senate of Chile also recognized Professor Grossman’s work at the ICJ during a plenary session held on December 11.

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16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence: Reaffirming Our Commitment to End Impunity for Sexual Violence

16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence: Reaffirming Our Commitment to End Impunity for Sexual Violence

11 Dec, 2018

As part of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign, the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and the War Crimes Research Office of American University Washington College of Law reaffirm their commitment to end impunity for sexual violence through the project “Ending Impunity for Conflict-Related Sexual and Gender-based Violence in Latin America.”

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The Academy Celebrates Human Rights Day 2018

The Academy Celebrates Human Rights Day 2018

10 Dec, 2018

On the occasion of 2018 Human Rights Day, AUWCL's Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law would like to highlight what our Co-Directors, Co-Chairs, and the diverse faculty of our programs have done in 2018 to promote international human rights worldwide. We look forward to continue the work in 2019, and invite you to join us in advancing this worthy cause!

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Professor Robert K. Goldman to be Honored at the Second Inter-American System on Human Rights (IASHR) Forum

Professor Robert K. Goldman to be Honored at the Second Inter-American System on Human Rights (IASHR) Forum

10 Dec, 2018

The Academy is proud to announce that our Co-Chair, Professor Robert K. Goldman, will be honored at the second Inter-American System on Human Rights (IASHR) Forum, organized by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in Bogotá, Colombia.

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Remembering International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists

Remembering International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists

04 Dec, 2018

 In observance of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, the Academy is proud to bring you another episode of our "Human Rights Voices" podcast series that brings you prominent human right advocates sharing their experiences and insights about the most relevant and recent human rights topics and issues.

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Professor Diego Rodríguez-Pinzón Participates in the 65th Session of the UN Committee Against Torture

Professor Diego Rodríguez-Pinzón Participates in the 65th Session of the UN Committee Against Torture

04 Dec, 2018

Professor Diego Rodríguez-Pinzón, co-director of the Academy on International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, participated in the 65th session of the UN Committee against Torture in Geneva.

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Dean Emeritus and Professor Claudio Grossman to participate in event celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Organization of the American States (OAS).

Professor and Dean Emeritus Claudio Grossman to participate in event celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Organization of the American States (OAS)

30 Nov, 2018

Professor and Dean Emeritus Claudio Grossman will participate in a conference celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Organization of the American States (OAS)

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Professor Claudia Martin Submits Amicus Brief before the Supreme Court of Peru

Professor Claudia Martin Submits Amicus Brief before the Supreme Court of Peru

21 Nov, 2018

Professor Claudia Martin, Co-Director of the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, with the cooperation of American University Washington College of Law students Santiago Martínez Neira and Zuleika Rivera submitted an amicus brief before the Supreme Court of Peru, Sala Penal Especial, in the appeal to review the pardon granted to Alberto Fujimori by former President Pedro Kuczynski.

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Professor Claudia Martin to attend the ArbitralWomen Full–Day Conference and Launch of AW Diversity Toolkit

Professor Claudia Martin to speak at the ArbitralWomen Full–Day Conference and Launch of AW Diversity Toolkit

08 Nov, 2018

Join Claudia Martin, Co-Director of the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, at the ArbitralWomen Full–Day Conference and Launch of AW Diversity Toolkit! The event will take place on Thursday, November 8, and will feature multiple panel discussions and a networking reception.  

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Dean Emeritus Claudio Grossman Leads the Delegation of Chile at ICJ

Dean Emeritus Claudio Grossman Leads the Delegation of Chile at ICJ

04 Oct, 2018

Claudio Grossman, Dean Emeritus of American University Washington College of Law and Co-Chair of the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, led the delegation of Chile as an agent before the International Court of Justice to hear the ruling on the dispute between Chile and Bolivia regarding access to the sea.

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Universidad de los Andes - Visita - Diego Rodriguez Pinzon

Universidad de los Andes - Visita - Diego Rodriguez Pinzon

20 Sep, 2018

December 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Professor Diego Rodríguez-Pinzón, Co-director of the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and member of the UN Committee Against Torture, spoke at the conference, “70 years after the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and American Declaration on the Rights and Duties of Man, how have human rights evolved?," which was held in conjunction with the 50-year anniversary of the Universidad de los Andes School of Law in Bogotá, Colombia.

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Commemorating International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances

Commemorating International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances

10 Sep, 2018

August 30 marks the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances. In light of that date, the Academy would like to recognize Professor Maria Clara Galvis, Vice-Chair of the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED).

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Human Rights Events

May 23 8:00AM-8:00PM Washington College of Law 24th Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition May 24 8:00AM-8:00PM Washington College of Law 24th Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition May 28 12:30PM-2:00PM Tenley Campus - Warren NT01 Ceremonial Classroom A Human Right to Reproductive Health the Human Rights Committee’s General Comment on the Right to Life//El Derecho Humano a la Salud Reproductiva: La Observación General del Comité de Derechos Humanos sobre el Derecho a la Vida May 28 12:30PM-2:00PM Tenley Campus - Warren NT01 Ceremonial Classroom A Human Right to Reproductive Health: The Human Rights Committee’s General Comment on the Right to Life May 30 12:30PM-2:00PM Tenley Campus - Warren NT01 Ceremonial Classroom The Shrinking of Democratic Spaces: Corruption, Criminalization of Protest and Repression// La Contracción de los Espacios Democráticos: Corrupción, Criminalización de la Protesta y Represión June 04 12:30PM-2:00PM Tenley Campus - Warren NT01 Ceremonial Classroom Justice and the Colombian Peace Process June 06 12:30PM-2:00PM Tenley Campus - Warren NT01 Ceremonial Classroom The Human Rights Council: Current Challenges June 07 12:30PM-2:00PM Tenley Campus - Warren NT01 Ceremonial Classroom Elections at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights: The Independent Panel of Experts Presents its Final Report on the Candidates June 11 12:30PM-2:00PM Tenley Campus - Warren NT01 Ceremonial Classroom Fact-finding in the Inter-American System: The Powers of the Commission to Monitor Human Rights Violations in Real Time June 13 12:30PM-2:00PM Tenley Campus - Warren NT01 Ceremonial Classroom The American Convention on Human Rights: 50 Years After its Adoption September 04 4:00PM-6:00PM Room Y360 International and Abroad Opportunities at WCL Open House
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