June 2012 - American University Washington College of Law


June 2012 - American University Washington College of Law
Volume 1, Issue 1
Inter-American Human
Rights Moot Court Newsletter
2012 Competition
The Seventeenth Annual InterAmerican Moot Court Competition
took place May 20-25 at American
University Washington College of
Law in Washington, DC.
The Competition included the participation of 280 attorneys from around
the world as judges for the written
and oral portions. In addition, the
Competition welcomed a prestigious
honor panel to judge the final round,
This year’s competition was the
which included Diego García Sayán
largest in its history, with a record - President, Inter-American Court
104 teams from 26 different coun- on Human Rights, and Jose de
tries worldwide, involving more
Jesús Orozco Henríquez- Presithan 300 students, professors,
dent, Inter-American Commission on
and human rights professionHuman Rights .
als. Teams largely came from the
Western Hemisphere, but the
The Final Round was held Friday,
competition also welcomed teams May 25 at 9:30, with the Universidad
from Australia, Belgium, Ghana,
Romania, Switzerland, and
Marista de Merida representing
the State, and Colegio Mayor de
Nuestra Señora del Rosario
representing the victims. After
much deliberation, the Honor
panel declared Universidad Marista de Merida the winners.
Following the final round, the
Competition held an awards ceremony. A complete list of the 2012
award recipients can be found on
the next page.
“We are proud to offer such a
prestigious and important competition that provides a direct way for
students around the world to
participate in the Inter-American
justice system,” says Claudio
Grossman, dean of American
University Washington College of
Law and chair of the United Nations Committee against Torture.
“As this unique initiative continues
to grow, it fuels the progress of
human rights legal education in
universities around the world.”
Participants of the 2012 Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition during the opening reception on May 20, 2012.
Preparing for 2013: LGBTI Rights
The theme for the 2013 InterAmerican Human Rights
Competition will focus on
LGBTI Rights. This theme
follows closely the recent
work of the Inter-American
System on Human Rights on
this issue, including the development of the Commis-
sion’s working group on
LGBTI rights.
Victor Madrigal, a senior
attorney with the InterAmerican Commission on
Human Rights, and head of
the newly formed LGBTI
Unit, will author the case,
along with a team of Com-
Inside this issue:
Meet the Winners
Outstanding Contribution 2012
Upcoming Participant Association Vote
Best Practices: How UBA chooses its team
Call for Entries: Academy Essay Contest
Recognition of 2012 Judges
Call for Stories!
mission attorneys. The case
will be published online in
early December, 2012.
The 2013 Competition will
take place May 19—24, 2013
at American University
Washington College of Law.
Registration will open online
on Nov. 1., 2012.
Winners of the 2012 Competition!
The Inter-American Human Rights Moot
Court Competition is proud to recognize the
winning teams and individuals of the 2012
Portuguese: João Victor Mendes de Oliveira ,
Faculdades Integradas Antônio Eufrásio de
Toledo - Presidente Prudente (Brazil)
Best Memorials for the State:
First Place Team: Universidad Marista de
Merida A.C.: Montserrat Peniche Hijuelos
and Maria Fernanda Fitzmaurice Cahluni
Second Place Team: Colegio Mayor de
Nuestra Señora del Rosario: Natalia Suárez
Sánchez and Natalia Mora-Arbelaez
English: University of San Diego (USA)
Spanish: Universidad Veracruzana (Mexico)
Portuguese: Universidad Federal de Minas
Gerais (Brazil)
Academy Co-Director Diego Rodriguez Pinzon (center) with the
team representing Universidad Marista de Merida A.C. (left) and
the Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario
Best Memorials for the Victims:
Best Oralists for the State:
Centro Universitario Toledo (Brazil)
English: Gabriel Zalazar, University of Lucerne (Switzerland)
Best Oralists for the Victims
Spanish: Universidad Pontifica Boliviariana
Spanish: Maria Fernanda Fitzmaurice
Cahluni, Universidad Marista de Merida A.C.
Portuguese: Moacyr Miguel de Oliveira,
English: Alexandra Bioc, West University of
Timisoara (Romania)
Spanish: Diana Marcela Torres Rojas, Universidad Libre, Seccional Bogota (Colombia)
English: Universiteit Gent (Belgium)
Portuguese: Universidade de São Paulo ( Brazil)
Rookie of the Year (Best New
Team):Universidade Federal do Pará (Brazil)
Congratulations to the 2012 winners!
Outstanding Contribution: 2012
Since 2009, the Participant Association of the
Competition has presented a special award to an
individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the moot court. This year, the Association
was pleased to present two such awards to Aldo
Caliari and Hilaire Sobers for their longtime roles
as judges and panel presidents for the Competition.
Aldo Caliari is the Director of the Rethinking Bretton Woods Project at the Washington DC-based
Center of Concern, where he has worked since
2000 focusing on issues of global economic governance, debt, international financial architecture,
human rights in international economic policy. He
has been a judge with the Inter-American Moot
Court since 1999.
Hilaire Sobers is a human rights specialist with
the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights,
where he has been since 2004. Before coming to
the IACHR, he worked for many years in the field
of human rights in Jamaica, where he served as
Executive Director of the Independent Jamaican
Council for Human Rights, the oldest human
rights organization in the Caribbean. Hilaire will
celebrate his tenth year as a Competition judge in
The Competition organizers and the Participant
Association send a warm thank you to both Aldo
and Hilaire for their long-time contributions to the
Competition Coordinator Catherine Rochon presents the
Outstanding Contribution Award on behalf of the Participant Association to Hilaire Sobers at the IACHR.
Participant Association Vote 2012-2013
The Participant Association of the
IA Moot Court Competition will be
holding elections for the Board of
Directors the week of July 16,
2012. As such, the current Board
is calling for nominations.
candidates. The person who
receives the most votes will
serve as President, the
second highest vote recipient will be named First Vice
President, then Second
Vice President, Secretary
and Treasurer.
To present your name or the
Current Participant Association President To be elected, the person
name of a fellow association
Namiko Matzumoto Benitez
must be a member of the
member, please send an email to
Participant Association,
[email protected] by July 11,
present his/her name within the designated time,
2012. Those nominated will appear on a list of
not have served on the Board in the previous two
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years, and no more than 2 members from a particular
country may be voted into a position. To register to be
part of the participant association, please visit the
Competition website and click on the Participant
Association tab. Elections will take place online the
week of July 16, and the winners will be announced in
late July.
Please direct any question regarding the process or
the role of the Board to Namiko Matzumoto Benitez,
sitting president, at [email protected]
I N T E R - A M E R I CA N H U M A N R I G H T S M O O T C O U R T N E W S L E T T E R
Best Practices: How to Select a Team—Universidad de Buenos
Aires, Argentina
The selection process of a moot court team
varies from university to university. The
How does your university select its moot
Competition would like to highlight a few best
court team? Send your stories to
practices in team selection in the coming
months. This edition we will focus on the
[email protected]!
process used at Universidad de Buenos
Aires (UBA) in Argentina. If you would like to
share your practices or ask questions about eight-course theoretical workshop on interthis issues featured university, please send
national human rights in light of the jurispruan email to [email protected].
dence of the Inter-American Court of HuTo broaden the student participation in the man Rights. Previous participants in the
selection process and to extend the benefits WCL Competition mentor interested students in the workshop, helping them draft
of the Competition to prepare a larger numbriefs and prepare oral arguments. The
ber of students, UBA developed an inuniversity competition of as a mechanism to Competition alumni give classes in public
select the students who would represent the speaking, persuasion, image, dress and
attitude for all the workshop participants.
law school in the upcoming edition of InterAmerican Human Rights Moot Court Compe- The alumni also help in the implementation
of the UBA competition itself, which contition.
sists of both a memorial and an oral arguThe in-school competition consists of an
ment phase.
The former team members also share with
the workshop participants a guide for the
drafting of briefs and a guide for the preparation of oral arguments. UBA then collects
and systematizes these documents, compiling the experiences of the teams over the
In addition to participating in the selection,
training and preparation of teams participating in the human rights competitions, all
workshop students work in different areas
of human rights (Attorney General, civil
society, the Executive, etc. ) and are engaged in human rights teaching and research. Students in the workshop have
developed a yearly publication entitled
“Current Problems of Human Rights” which
includes contributions and articles from
team members.
Images from the 2012 Competition
Visit http://www.wcl.american.edu/hracademy/mcourt/photo_ g allery.cfm?lang=en for more pictures from the 2012 Competition!
Academy on Human Rights Essay Contest 2013
The Academy on Human Rights is
pleased to announce that the theme for
the 2013 Essay Contest will be The
Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and
Transgender Peoples and International
Human Rights Law.
The Human Rights Essay Award is an
annual competition sponsored by the
Academy and seeks to stimulate the production of scholarly work in international
human rights law. Participants have the
flexibility to choose any subject related to
that year’s theme. The essay has to be a
legal article.
The Academy will grant two Awards, one
for the best article in English and one for
the best article in Spanish.
The Award in each case will consist of:
• a scholarship to the Program of Advanced Studies in Human Rights and
Humanitarian Law
• travel expenses to Washington D.C.
• housing at the university dorms
• a per diem for living expenses
The best articles may be published in
the American University International
Law Review.
Submissions will be due in February
2013. Please visit the Academy website
for complete rules and eligibility:
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Call for Stories
Now entering its 18th year, the Inter-American Human
Rights Moot Court Competition has welcomed over
2100 students from 36 countries worldwide, in addition
to countless judges, volunteers, coaches, and speakers. This newsletter is our attempt to keep in touch
with all (or most) you.
In the coming issues, we hope to highlight a variety of
stories related to the Competition: best practices,
judge or team profiles, success stories, fundraising
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