2003 Founders' Celebration Events

First Annual Indigenous Rights Training Institute

(Developed in collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank;
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights; and the Inter-American Institute for Human Rights
March 3-4, 2003

English | Spanish

Summary of Event
The bi-lingual Institute brought together 35 Indigenous rights leaders and experts from 14 countries to discuss emerging issues in international law. The IRTI provided participants with a unique opportunity to learn about cutting-edge international law issues.

The Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law offers a unique opportunity to analyze the complex issues surrounding Indigenous Rights and Public International Law with members of WCL’s internationally renowned faculty. Designed for Indigenous lawyers and experts on the rights of Indigenous Peoples, this intensive bilingual course provided an overview of relevant issues as they relate to Indigenous Rights nationally and internationally:

  • Self-Determination
  • International Financial Institutions
  • Environmental Law
  • Land Rights and Natural Resources
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Human Rights

The Institute was held immediately following the Special Session of the O.A.S. Permanent Council Working Group on Indigenous Rights (February 24-28, 2003) allowing Indigenous lawyers, diplomats, and independent experts attending that Special Session to enroll and participate in this unique training opportunity.

The Institute was created as an initiative of the Project on Indian Law and Indigenous Rights under the direction of Dr. Osvaldo Kreimer and Hadar Harris, Esq. All sessions were simultaneously interpreted between English and Spanish.



8:30 - 9:00
Opening, Dean Claudio Grossman, Dr. Osvaldo Kreimer

9:00 - 10:30
Introduction to Public International Law, Prof. Richard Wilson

11:00 - 12:45
Self-Determination, Prof. Celina Romany

1:00 - 3:30
Luncheon: Human Rights Speaker, Amb. Santiago Cantón, OAS, Commentator, Dean Claudio Grossman

4:00 - 6:00
Land Rights and Natural Resources, Prof. Barlow Burke

6:30 - 8:00

8:30 - 9:30
Remarks, Dr. Osvaldo Kreimer


8:30 - 9:00
Overview, Dr. Osvaldo Kreimer

9:00 - 10:30
Environmental Law, Prof. Durwood Zaelke / Prof. David Hunter*

10:45 - 11:45
International Financial Institutions, Prof. Daniel Bradlow

12:00 - 1:45
Luncheon Discussion

2:00 - 4:00
Intellectual Property, Prof. Peter Jaszi

4:15 - 5:30
Closing Remarks, Dr. Osvaldo Kreimer

5:30 - 7:00

SPECIAL PROGRAM~Wednesday, March 5, 2003
(Took place at the IDB)
Participants were invited to a presentation on a new reference tool on Latin-American legislation and jurisprudence on Indigenous Rights created by the Inter-American Development Bank.