Human Rights Month: Democracy, Human Rights and Judicial Power in Ecuador

Monday, June 6, 2013
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
American University Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington DC
Room 528




Osvaldo Hurtado Former President of Ecuador

Jorge Zavala Egas, Director of Post Graduate Studies in Law at UEES University

Pedro Nikken, Former President of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

In the last six years, Ecuador has had a government that follows Venezuela in the political line denominated “21st century socialism,” which Nicaragua and Bolivia later also adopted. The Venezuelan government, together with Presidents Correa, Ortega and Morales intend to turn their countries into the antithesis of the liberal model by establishing states based on Constitutions in which their dogmatic parts appear generous in the proclamation of people’s rights. However, at the same time, they have designed the organic structure of these constitutions to limit those rights and to regulate the particular interests in strict adherence to public policy that considers those rights as secondary or residual.

Ecuador and its current political affairs will be the central topic of this panel and will be approached from three different thematic perspectives: democracy, human rights, and judicial power. These three concepts contain new content in Ecuador. The panelists, experts on the situation of Ecuador, will analyze the following questions: is the exercise of the absolute power of the executive legitimated by ample popular support democratic?  Should human rights be sacrificed on behalf of the public interest as defined by the government? Moreover,  does the judicial power, in a state based on the rule of law, require independence of the Executive branch as a condition to fulfill its role as guarantor of subjective rights?



Presented by the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law




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