Advocating for Human Rights: 10 Years of the Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition

Title

Advocating for Human Rights: 10 Years of the Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition

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Publication Date

2008

Abstract

Moot Court competitions constitute an alternative model of human rights training, giving students the skills to contribute to the development of international human rights law and thus make them qualified advocates for human rights change in their home countries and abroad. By focusing on the perfection of oral as well as written skills, participants are more likely to be successful not only in cases brought before their home courts, but in front of international tribunals and other organs. Such competitions have opened the doorway for more human rights classes in law schools, more clinical training programs, more NGOs dedicated to human rights law, and overall more lawyers dedicated to participating in an expanded notion of a human rights community. As demonstrated in this volume, moot court competitions have revolutionized human rights legal education in Africa, Europe and the Americas. The yearly Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition was established in 1995. The full text of the hypothetical cases, bench memoranda, and winning memorials from the first ten years of this Competition are included as a resource to be used creatively by scholars, NGOs, international organizations, governments, practitioners, students, etc., to further promote human rights legal obligations.

ISBN

9789004162594

Table of Contents

Claudia Martin and Diego Rodríguez-Pinzón Introduction: The Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition; Miles Hogan Students and Moot Court Competitions: An Introduction; Christof Heyns, Norman Taku and Frans Viljoen Revolutionising Human Rights Education in African Universities, The African Human Rights Moot Court Competition; Frederik Harhoff Moot Courts from the Perspective of the Bench; 1996: Sybille Olivera v. Marelle, Hypothetical Case, Winning Memorial for the State, Bench Memorandum, 1997: Cecilia Herold et al. v. Pacifica, Hypothetical Case, Winning Memorial for the State, Bench Memorandum, 1998: Rómulo Estrada v. Ithaka, Hypothetical Case, Winning Memorial for the State, Bench Memorandum, 1999: Alejandro Pérez (“Alejandro Mayta”) v. The Republic of Miranda, Hypothetical Case, Winning Memorial for the State, Bench Memorandum, 2000: Victoria Riel Guevara et al. v. Alboria, Hypothetical Case, Winning Memorial for the Petitioner, Bench Memorandum, 2001: Pagura Workers’ Union et al. v. Alta Caledonia, Hypothetical Case, Winning Memorial for the Petitioner, Bench Memorandum, 2002: Williams et al. v. State of Buenaventura, Hypothetical Case, Winning Memorial for the State, Bench Memorandum, 2003: Valencia et al. v. Liberté, Hypothetical Case, Winning Memorial for Petitioner, Bench Memorandum, 2004: CINE, FELANUMA et al. v. State of Esmeralda, Hypothetical Case, Winning Memorial for Petitioner, Bench Memorandum, 2005: Blanco et al. v. Republic of Belor, Hypothetical Case, Winning Memorial, Bench Memorandum, Competition Rules, Meet the Editors.

Publisher

Martinus Nijhoff

Advocating for Human Rights: 10 Years of the Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition

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