WCL Celebrates Human Rights Month with Conferences, Workshops


WASHINGTON, DC, May 15, 2009 – American University Washington College of Law (WCL) is celebrating Human Rights Month, an annual event that features conferences, workshops, a film festival, and a discussion of recent publications in the human rights field.  The program is presented by the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, and this will be the ninth year of the celebration. 

The Human Rights Month celebration provides a forum for education on and discussion of human rights theory. Participants have the opportunity to share first hand experiences, as well as network with fellow practitioners, scholars, and activists in the field.  The celebration takes place from May 18 – June 12, coinciding with the Academy’s Specialized Summer Program and Inter-American Moot Court Competition.

The events include the 4th Annual Meeting on Human Rights: The 50th Anniversary of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, co-sponsored with the Center for Justice and International Law.

“Human Rights Month features impressive academic activities that bring together more than 700 participants from around the world as well as the Washington, DC community,” said Prof. Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Co-Director of the Academy.  “It is a fascinating meeting of experts, advocates, human rights defenders, scholars, students, government officials and many others interested in human rights law.”

All events are free and open to the public.  Online registration, as well as a full schedule of events is available at the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law website.

Panels will be in Spanish and English, with simultaneous translation provided.  Panels will be transmitted live on our website.  All events will take place from 12:30 – 2:30 pm in WCL Room 603, unless otherwise noted.

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Full Schedule of Events