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

 

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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. Over the past 25 years, the Competition has featured more than 4800 participants from over 50 countries, across 360 Universities. The experiences of faculty at the Washington College of Law about their own involvement and role in the Inter-American System; and the start of the Moot Court Competition are closely connected. Four of the Washington College of Law’s current faculty were former Presidents of the Inter-American Human Rights Commission. A number of other faculty members are engaged with the Inter-American System as former Assistant Secretary’s, ad-hoc Judges, lawyers, and in a number of other roles within the Inter-American Human Rights Commission.

Despite the fact that during this 25th celebration some aspects of the Competition have changed to take form virtually, our commitment to encouraging opportunities for law students from across the Americas and the globe to gain expertise in the Inter-American human rights legal system continues during the ongoing crisis. The commitment of all participants: team members, coaches, judges, observers, and bailiffs to make the 2020 Competition and 25th Anniversary of the Competition a truly special event, continues even in uncertain circumstances. Now is the time more than ever to use new platforms and to bring together students and human rights advocates to continue to discuss the most pressing human rights issues for our time.

The theme for the 25th celebration of the Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition is "Rule of Law and Human Rights: Strengthening Democratic Institutions" and speaks to the challenges democratic institutions in Latin American face as a result of authoritarian policies and practices and how International law can address these issues using the human rights system. The hypothetical case was written by Katya Salazar and Ursula Indacochea, Executive Director and Head of the Judicial Independence Program respectively, at the Due Process of Law Foundation.

Over the past 25 years, the Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition has brought together human rights advocates from the United Nations, Amnesty International, Inter-American Human Rights Commission, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the Center for Justice and International Law amongst other notable organizations as judges, observers, and hypothetical case authors. Throughout the Competition’s history, noted jurists as U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer and the former President of Honduras Carlos Reina have headed the Honor Panel of the Final Round.

See below a list of the past 25 Competitions from 1996 to 2020 including the various cases that were created for the Competition, hypothetical case authors, the honor panel of judges, as well as the winning university teams from each year.

Congratulations and thank you to all! Through your commitment, you have helped this Competition to truly become an inspiration for future lawyers to be better members of the legal profession and committed citizens in the local and global communities to which they belong.

HISTORY OF THE INTER-AMERICAN MOOT COURT COMPETITION 

Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition 2019

Dates:

May 19 – 24, 2019

Theme:

The Protection of Migrants under International Human Rights Law

Hypo Case title

Case of Gonzalo Belano and 807 Other Wairan Persons  v. Republic of Arcadia

Hypo Case Author(s):

Álvaro Botero Navarro, The Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers (CMW) and the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR)

1st Place Winners:

FGV Direito SP - Estéfany Rocha Monteiro and Luíza Castelo Vieira

2nd Place Winners:

Universidade Estadual do Norte do Paraná - Mikael de Oliveira Waiss and Júlia Dinah Vaz Gonçalves

Link to Hypo Case:

https://www.wcl.american.edu/impact/initiatives-programs/hracademy/moot/2019/hypothetical-case/hypo-2019-eng/

Link to Final Round Video:

https://youtu.be/DXrNNg613hg

Final Round Honor Panel

Paulo Abrão, Álvaro Botero, Claudia Martin, Jimena Rodriguez, Anita Sinha

Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition 2018

Dates:

May 20-25, 2018

Theme:

Gender Violence and International Human Rights Law

Hypo Case title

María Elena Quispe and Mónica Quispe v. Republic of Naira

Hypo Case Author(s):

Julissa Mantilla Falcón, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

1st Place Winners:

Universidad Católica de Santa María, Adriana Martínez Carrasco and Paola Andrea Macedo Leiva

2nd Place Winners:

Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario - Angélica Suárez Torres and Angie Daniela Yepes García

Link to Hypo Case:

https://www.wcl.american.edu/impact/initiatives-programs/hracademy/moot/2018/hypothetical-case-eng/

Final Round Honor Panel

Diego Rodríguez-Pinzón, Joy-Dee Davis Lake, Julissa Mantilla Falcón, Miguel Barboza Lopez, Nienke Grossman

Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition 2017

Dates:

May 21-26, 2017

Theme:

Emerging Challenges in the Relationship between International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law

Hypo Case title

Ricardo Madeira et al. v. Republic of Zircondia

Hypo Case Author(s):

Eric Tardif, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

1st Place Winners:

Universidad Externado de Colombia - Andrea Yulieth Lloreda Flores and María Camila Vega Salazar

2nd Place Winners:

Universidad de San Martín de Porres, Sarah Fernanda Meneses Pajuelo and Jheimy Leonardo Ubillús Segura

Link to Hypo Case:

https://www.wcl.american.edu/impact/initiatives-programs/hracademy/moot/2017/hypothetical-case-eng/

Final Round Honor Panel

Robert K. Goldman, Claudia Martin, Mariel Ortega, Susana SáCouto, Eric Tardiff

Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition 2016

Dates:

May 22-27, 2016

Theme:

Extractive Industries and Human Rights

Hypo Case title:

Edmundo Camana et al., Pichicha and Orífuna peoples v. Santa Clara

Hypo Case Author(s):

Katya Salazar Luzula and Daniel Cerqueira, Due Process Foundation Law (DPFL)

1st Place Winners:

Universidad Sergio Arboleda, Silvana Puccini Montoya and Yessika Morales

2nd Place Winners:

Faculdade de Direito da Fundação Escola Superior do Ministério Público - Ana Carolina Campara Brittes and Fernanda Madalosso Guimarães

Link to Hypo Case:

https://www.wcl.american.edu/impact/initiatives-programs/hracademy/moot/2016/hypothetical-case-eng/

Final Round Honor Panel

Elizabeth Abi-Mershed, Daniel Cerqueira, David Hunter, Claudio Grossman, Diego Rodríguez-Pinzón, Katya Salazar

Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition 2015

Dates:

May 17-22, 2015

Theme:

Transitional Justice, International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

Hypo Case title:

Bolt et al. v. the Cardenal Republic

Hypo Case Author(s):

Nelson Camilo Sánchez León and Rodrigo Uprimny Yepes, Dejustici

1st Place Winners:

Universidade de São Paulo - Luisa Weichert and Bernardo de Souza Dantas Fico

2nd Place Winners:

Pontifícia Universidade Católica - Rio de Janeiro, Maria Luisa Saboya and Felipe Salathé Rogoginsky

Link to Hypo Case:

https://www.wcl.american.edu/impact/initiatives-programs/hracademy/moot/2015/hypothetical-case-eng/

Final Round Honor Panel

Iris Yassmin Barrios Aguilar, Robert Goldman, Claudio Grossman, Viviana Krsticevic, Claudia Martin, Juan Mendez, Felix Paz Moreno, Rodrigo Uprimmy Yepes, Jose Miguel Vivanco

Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition 2014

Dates:

May 18-23, 2014

Theme:

Persons with Disabilities and International Human Rights Law

Hypo Case title:

Cristal Tovar v. Democratic Republic of Exclutia

Hypo Case Author(s):

Emilio Álvarez, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR)

1st Place Winners:

University of the West Indies, Cave Hill - Amanda Montague and Ori Kublalsingh

2nd Place Winners:

Universidade Federal da Paraíba - Centro de Ciências Jurídicas - Marcella Ribeiro d'Avila Lins and Daniel de Macedo Soares

Link to Hypo Case:

https://www.wcl.american.edu/impact/initiatives-programs/hracademy/moot/2014/hypothetical-case-eng/

Final Round Honor Panel

Emilio Álvarez Icaza Longoria, Breno Dias da Costa, Robert Dinerstein, Alison A. Hillman, Maria Soledad Perez Tello, Diego Rodríguez-Pinzón, Eric Rosenthal, Stephen Vasciannie

Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition 2013

Dates:

May 19-24, 2013

Theme:

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) Rights

Hypo Case title:

Serafina Conejo Gallo and Adriana Timor v. Elizabetia

Hypo Case Author(s):

Víctor Madrigal-Borloz and Silvia Serrano, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR)

1st Place Winners:

Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) - Bernardo Kaiser and Paulo Henrique Tavares

2nd Place Winners:

Universidad De San Martin de Porres, Alexandra Cabrera Sánchez and Apodemio Paul Salcedo Paulino

Link to Hypo Case:

https://www.wcl.american.edu/impact/initiatives-programs/hracademy/moot/2013/hypothetical-case-eng/

Final Round Honor Panel

Hunter T. Carter, Ciro Colombara, Breno Dias da Costa, Robert K. Goldman, Victor Madrigal, Claudia Martin, José de Jesús Orozco Henriquez, Andrea Rodriguez-Zavala, Macarena Saez

Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition 2012

Dates:

May 20-25, 2012

Theme:

Indigenous Rights

Hypo Case title:

Chupanky Community et al. v. LA Atlantis

Hypo Case Author(s):

Jorge Calderón, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR)

1st Place Winners:

Universidad Marista de Merida A.C., Montserrat Peniche Hijuelos and Maria Fernanda Fitzmaurice Cahluni

2nd Place Winners:

Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario, Natalia Suárez Sánchez and Natalia Mora-Arbelaez

Link to Hypo Case:

https://www.wcl.american.edu/impact/initiatives-programs/hracademy/moot/2012/hypothetical-case-eng/

Final Round Honor Panel

Diego García Sayán, José de Jesús Orozco Henriquez, Robert K. Goldman, Viviana Krsticevic, Fergus MacKay, Jorge Calderón, Namiko Matzumoto, Diego Rodríguez-Pinzón

Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition 2011

Dates:

May 22-27, 2011

Hypo Case title:

Richardson, Unzué et al. v. Juvenlandia

Hypo Case Author(s):

Mary Beloff, Universidad de Buenos Aires

1st Place Winners:

Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, Rolando Ignacio Seijas and Manuel Andrés Casas

2nd Place Winners:

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Argentina, Karina Graciela Carpintero and Belen Eliana Donzelli

Link to Hypo Case:

https://www.wcl.american.edu/impact/initiatives-programs/hracademy/moot/2011/hypothetical-case-eng/

Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition 2010

Dates:

May 23-28, 2010

Hypo Case title:

Radical Radio et al. v. Chirilagua

Hypo Case Author(s):

Nelson Camilo Sánchez León, Dejusticia; and Catalina Botero Marino, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR)

1st Place Winners:

Universidad Diego Portales, Valentina Maturana and Sylvana Mariangel

2nd Place Winners:

Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo, Freddy Elias Cabrera and José Angel Alcántara

Link to Hypo Case:

https://www.wcl.american.edu/impact/initiatives-programs/hracademy/moot/2010/hypothetical-case-eng/

Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition 2009

Dates:

May 17-22, 2009

Hypo Case title:

Rosalie Fournier and Bruno Tamba v. Tynalandia

Hypo Case Author(s):

Santiago Cantón and Daniela Salazar, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR)

1st Place Winners:

Universidad Veracruzana (Mexico), Luis Eliud Tapia Olivares & Gabriela Carreón Lee

2nd Place Winners:

Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (Venezuela), Eduardo Trujillo & Manuel Polanco H.

Link to Hypo Case:

https://www.wcl.american.edu/impact/initiatives-programs/hracademy/moot/2009/hypothetical-case-eng/

Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition 2008

Dates:

May 18-23, 2008

Hypo Case title:

Arizmendi et al. v. Chuqui

Hypo Case Author(s):

Pablo Saavedra Alessandri, Inter-American Court of Human Rights

1st Place Winners:

Universidad San Martin de Porres (Peru), Hugo Torres Armas & Jenny Isabel Vento Curi.

2nd Place Winners:

Universidad de la Sabana Facultad de Derecho (Colombia), María del Pilar Gutierrez & Jose Emilio Lemus Mesa. 

Link to Hypo Case:

https://www.wcl.american.edu/impact/initiatives-programs/hracademy/moot/2008/hypothetical-case-eng/

Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition 2007

Dates:

May 20-25, 2007

Hypo Case title:

Rosa Luna v. Republic of Azar

Hypo Case Author(s):

Viviana Krsticevic, Centre for Justice & International Law

1st Place Winners:

Universidad Nacional de Cuyo (Argentina); Romina Laura Ronda & Analía Laura Zanessi

2nd Place Winners:

Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario (Colombia); Ana Maria Navarrete Frias & Carlos Mauricio Lopez Cardenas.

Link to Hypo Case:

https://www.wcl.american.edu/impact/initiatives-programs/hracademy/moot/2007/hypothetical-case-eng/

Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition 2006

Dates:

May 21-26, 2006

Hypo Case title:

Juana Olin vs. Iberoland

Hypo Case Author(s):

Ariel Dulitzky,

1st Place Winners:

Universidad Nacional de Cuyo (Argentina); Andrés Javier Rousset Siri & Daniel Enrique Rodríguez Infante

2nd Place Winners:

Universidad de los Andes (Colombia); Alejandro Jiménez & Polonia Forero

Link to Hypo Case:

https://www.wcl.american.edu/impact/initiatives-programs/hracademy/moot/2006/hypothetical-case-eng/

Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition 2005

Dates:

May 22-27, 2005

Hypo Case title:

Blanco et al v. Republic of Belor

Hypo Case Author(s):

Brian Tittemore, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

1st Place Winners:

Pontificia Universidad Javariana; Alberto Mario Páez Bastidas & María Alejandra Brijaldo Acosta

2nd Place Winners:

Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais; Daniel Lopes Cerqueira & Fabrício Araújo Prado

Link to Hypo Case:

https://www.wcl.american.edu/impact/initiatives-programs/hracademy/moot/2005/hypothetical-case-eng/

Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition 2004

Dates:

May 23-28, 2004

Hypo Case title:

Cine, Felanuma, et al vs. the State of Esmeralda

Hypo Case Author(s):

Osvaldo Kreimer, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

1st Place Winners:

University of West Indies; Ky-Ann Lee & Conway Blake

2nd Place Winners:

Universidad de los Andes; María José Veramendi Villa & Paula Andrea Avila Guillén

Link to Hypo Case:

https://www.wcl.american.edu/impact/initiatives-programs/hracademy/moot/2004/hypothetical-case-eng/

Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition 2003

Dates:

May 18-23, 2003

Hypo Case title:

Valencia et al v. Liberté

Hypo Case Author(s):

Juan Pablo Alban Alencastro and Elizabeth Abi-Mershed, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

1st Place Winners:

Universidad Externado de Colombia; Nicolás Carrillo Santarelli & Manuel Yasser Paez Ramirez

2nd Place Winners:

Pontificia Universidad Javeriana; Mónica Inés Hernández Gómez & Juana Inés Acosta López

Link to Hypo Case:

https://www.wcl.american.edu/impact/initiatives-programs/hracademy/moot/2003/hypothetical-case-eng/

Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition 2002

Dates:

May 19-24, 2002

Hypo Case title:

Williams et al. V. State of Buenaventura

Hypo Case Author(s):

Elizabeth Abi-Mershed, Mario López, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

1st Place Winners:

Universidad Nacional de Colombia

2nd Place Winners:

Universidad La Salle, AC

Link to Hypo Case:

https://www.wcl.american.edu/impact/initiatives-programs/hracademy/moot/2002/hypothetical-case-eng/

Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition 2001

Dates:

May 20-25, 2001

Hypo Case title:

Pagura Workers’ Union et al. v. Alta Caledonia

Hypo Case Author(s):

Victor Abramovich, Center for Legal and Social Studies, Argentina

1st Place Winners:

Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Facultad de Derecho, Ciencias Políticas y Sociales; Jomary Liz Ortegón Osorio & Oscar Javier Parra Vera

2nd Place Winners:

Universidad Católica de Santiago de Guayaquil, Facultad de Jurisprudencia; Oswaldo Zavala-Giler & Xavier Flores Aguirre

Link to Hypo Case:

https://www.wcl.american.edu/impact/initiatives-programs/hracademy/moot/2001/hypothetical-case-eng/

Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition 2000

Dates:

May 22-26, 2000

Hypo Case title:

Victoria Riel Guevara et al. v. Alboria

Hypo Case Author(s):

Brian Tittemore and Veronica Gómez, Inter-American Human Rights Commission

1st Place Winners:

Universidad Externado de Colombia; Julia María Rubiano de la Cruz & Carolina Duque Torres

2nd Place Winners:

Universidad Nacional de Tucumán; Valentina García Salemi & Fernanda Doz Costa

Link to Hypo Case:

https://www.wcl.american.edu/impact/initiatives-programs/hracademy/moot/2000/hypothetical-case-eng/

Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition 1999

Dates:

May 24-29, 1999

Hypo Case title:

Alejandro Pérez (“Alejandro Mayta”) v. the Republic of Miranda

Hypo Case Author(s):

Christina Cerna, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

1st Place Winners:

Universidad Nacional de Tucumán; Anibal Anaquin & Vanessa Isabel Lucero

2nd Place Winners:

Universidad de Buenos Aires; Vanesa Gabriela Borgoña & Julio Bacio Terracino

Link to Hypo Case:

https://www.wcl.american.edu/impact/initiatives-programs/hracademy/moot/1999/hypothetical-case-eng/

Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition 1998

Dates:

May 18-22, 1998

Hypo Case title:

Rómulo Estrada v. Ithaka

Hypo Case Author(s):

Isabel Ricupero, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

1st Place Winners:

Universidad de Buenos Aires; Leonardo G. Filippini & Maria Cecilia Piñeiro

2nd Place Winners:

University of Florida College of Law; Rusten Hurd & Cynthia Lee

Link to Hypo Case:

https://www.wcl.american.edu/impact/initiatives-programs/hracademy/moot/1998/hypothetical-case-eng/

Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition 1997

Dates:

May 19-24, 1997

Hypo Case title:

Cecilia Herold, et al. v. Pacifica

Hypo Case Author(s):

Elizabeth Abi-Mershed, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

1st Place Winners:

Universidad Nacional de Tucumán; Maria Elisa Gallo & Aldo Federico Caliari

2nd Place Winners:

Universidad Nacional de la Plata;

Link to Hypo Case:

https://www.wcl.american.edu/impact/initiatives-programs/hracademy/moot/1997/hypothetical-case-eng/    

Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition 1996

Dates:

May 28-June 1, 1996

Hypo Case title:

Sybille Olivera v. Marelle

Hypo Case Author(s):

Claudia Martin – Inter-American Human Rights Digest

1st Place Winners:

Universidad Diego Portales; Nicolas Espejo Yaksic & Alvaro Jana Linetzky

2nd Place Winners:

University of Maryland; Mike Stoghill & Fernando Carpio, and Hamline University; Colleen Beebe & Claudia Saavedra.

Link to Hypo Case:

https://www.wcl.american.edu/impact/initiatives-programs/hracademy/moot/1996/hypothetical-case-eng/

 

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