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

Students participate int the inter-american moot court competition

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 competition is a unique trilingual (English, Portuguese, and Spanish) event established to train attorneys and law students on how to use the Inter-American legal system as a legitimate forum for redressing human rights violations, and promote cutting-edge discussions on current human rights issues. As one of the largest human rights competitions in the world, every year the Moot Court brings hundreds of participants to Washington, D.C., and has trained over 3,000 students and faculty over the last two decades.

Judges for the 2018 competition

The topic for the 2019 competition is "The Protection of Migrants under International Human Rights Law." The hypothetical case was written by Alvaro Botero Navarro, who is a member of the United Nations Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families and Coordinator for the Rapporteurship on the Rights of Migrants at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

This year's competition will welcome 86 teams from 23 different countries, including Belgium, Singapore, France, India, and from all over the Americas! Additionally, over 250 law professors, diplomats, human rights advocates, and attorneys from a number of different organizations —such as the United Nations, the Pan-American Development Foundation, Amnesty International, CEJIL, Women’s Link Worldwide, and the Organization of American States, as well as government agencies and judicial bodies from several different countries — are acting as judges for the competition. More information, including a full Calendar of Events can be found here.