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Celebrating 25 Years of the Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition

Celebrating 25 Years of the Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition

18 May, 2020

The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law is proud to celebrate 25 years of the Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition. The Competition is a unique trilingual (English, Spanish and Portuguese) event designed to enlighten and instruct students and legal practitioners on how to utilize the Inter-American system to tackle human rights abuses. From its inception in 1996 to date, the Competition has evolved to become a global forum for scholarly engagement on frontline human rights issues in the Americas and beyond.

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2020 Academy Programs and Initiatives

2020 Summer Programs and Fall Activities with the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

12 May, 2020

This year, the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law’s 2020 summer programs and initiatives hoped to enhance and increase communication in the human rights community. Over the past 25 years the Academy has developed key initiatives and programs that offer relevant, empowering training for scholars, practitioners, and students interested in the international human rights system and created key spaces for discussions of the most relevant issues in the human rights field. During this complex time, the Academy is determined to fulfill its mission for the promotion and awareness of human rights.

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International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims

International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims

24 Mar, 2020

On March 24th, we commemorate the International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims. The purpose of this day is to promote the importance of the right to truth and justice by paying tribute to those who have devoted their lives to, and lost their lives in, the struggle to promote and protect human rights for all.

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The Academy's International Approach

The Academy's International Approach

23 Mar, 2020

The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law is proud to share that American University Washington College of Law, is ranked #4 in International Law Programs amongst all U.S. universities by the 2021 U.S. News and World Report ranking! Every year the U.S. News & World Report 2021 ranks law schools across the country based on specialty programs. For over 40 years, AUWCL has led the way in international legal education. Our innovative international programs have been consistently recognized as the top programs in the U.S. AUWCL shares the highest rank with New York University, Harvard, and Georgetown and tied with Columbia and Yale.

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Professor Claudia Martin Leads the Effort to Submit an Amicus Brief to the Constitutional Court of Peru in the Case of Former Minister of Health of Peru Charged with Gross Human Rights Violations in the Implementation of a Policy of Forced Sterilization

Professor Claudia Martin Leads the Effort to Submit an Amicus Brief to the Constitutional Court of Peru in the Case of Former Minister of Health of Peru Charged with Gross Human Rights Violations in the Implementation of a Policy of Forced Sterilization

09 Mar, 2020

Co-Director of the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Professor Claudia Martin, and three other professors and lawyers specializing in international human rights law, filed an Amicus Curiae to the Constitutional Court of Peru related to the case of former Minister of Health Marino Costa Bauer and the right to be tried within a reasonable time.

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Professor Diego Rodríguez-Pinzón Participates in the 68th Session of the UN Committee Against Torture

Professor Diego Rodríguez-Pinzón Participates in the 68th Session of the UN Committee Against Torture

26 Nov, 2019

Professor Diego Rodríguez-Pinzón, co-director of the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law participates in the 68th session of the United Nations Committee against Torture in Geneva, Switzerland from November 11 to December 6, 2019.  

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The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, War Crimes Research Office, and the Women and the Law Program Partner with UN Women to Document the Sepur Zarco Case

The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, War Crimes Research Office, and the Women and the Law Program Partner with UN Women to Document the Sepur Zarco Case

17 Sep, 2019

The War Crimes Research Office, Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, and Women and the Program Law are thrilled to partner with UN Women on the “Documenting Good Practice on Accountability for Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in Guatemala” Project.

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Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law Claudio Grossman Elected Associate Member of the Institut de Droit International

Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law Claudio Grossman Elected Associate Member of the Institut de Droit International

29 Aug, 2019

American University Washington College of Law Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law Claudio Grossman was elected associate member of the Institut de Droit International on Monday, August 26, 2019. This honor is a further tribute to Grossman’s impact on international legal scholarship in the Americas and around the world.

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Professor Diego Rodríguez-Pinzón Participates in the 67th Session of the UN Committee Against Torture

Professor Diego Rodríguez-Pinzón Participates in the 67th Session of the UN Committee Against Torture

01 Aug, 2019

During the 67th session of the UN Committee against Torture (CAT), Professor Diego Rodríguez-Pinzón, co-director of the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, participated in the seventh periodic report of Greece on State party efforts to comply with provisions in the Convention against Torture.

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AUWCL Professors Participate in Release of Report Evaluating the Work of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace in Colombia

AUWCL Professors Participate in Release of Report Evaluating the Work of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace in Colombia

15 Jul, 2019

The oldest international human rights organization, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), recently published its evaluation of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP, by its initials in Spanish), the transitional justice court created by the Peace Agreement between the National Government and the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC-EP).

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Academy Co-Sponsors 11th Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition

Academy Co-Sponsors 11th Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition

11 Jul, 2019

The 11th Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition will take place from July 15-19, 2019, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Celebrates its 20th Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights

Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Celebrates its 20th Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights

27 Jun, 2019

American University Washington College of Law’s Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law hosted its 20th Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law May 28-June 14, welcoming participants from over 20 different countries.

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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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Human Rights Events

September 30 12:00PM-1:00PM Online via Zoom International Suite Talk Series presents "Changes in the U.S. Trade Regime and Related Opportunities & Strategies for Young Lawyers" with John Magnus September 30 5:00PM-6:00PM TikTok and Tech Export Restrictions: How Our Favorite App Got Caught Up in the Us-China Trade War October 02 12:00PM-1:00PM Online via Zoom American University Law Review Federal Circuit Fridays Series: Veteran's Law Keynote Address October 06 12:00PM-1:00PM Book Talk- Migration and Integration: The Case for Liberalism with Borders October 06 12:00PM-1:00PM Online via Zoom Films Across Borders Opening Night: “For Sama” Panel Discussion October 07 12:00PM-1:00PM Online via Zoom "High-Stakes Contracting Around the World: Being an International In-house Attorney" with Asari Aniagolu October 09 12:00PM-1:00PM Online via Zoom American University Law Review Federal Circuit Fridays Series: Patent Law Panel Discussion May Offer Continuing Legal Education Credit CLE October 13 4:00PM-7:00PM Day 1- 22nd Annual Hispanic Law Conference (HLC): What's at Stake for Latino/a/x Communities in 2020? COVID-19, Census, Elections, and Social Justice Movements October 14 12:00PM-1:00PM Online via Zoom International Suite Talks Series October 14 4:00PM-7:00PM Day 2- 22nd Annual Hispanic Law Conference (HLC): What's at Stake for Latino/a/x Communities in 2020? COVID-19, Census, Elections, and Social Justice Movements October 15 4:00PM-7:00PM Day 3 - 22nd Annual Hispanic Law Conference (HLC): What's at Stake for Latino/a/x Communities in 2020? COVID-19, Census, Elections, and Social Justice Movements October 15 5:30PM-7:30PM Zoom The American University International Law Review Sypmosium Part I: The Future of International Environmental Law - Global Agreements & Climate Change Events Calendar ... Find more events in our events calendar
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