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15 November 2019, 18:00-20:00


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Taking Stock of the Inter-American System of Human Rights: Challenges and Achievements 60 years on


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To launch the book Doctrine, Practice and Advocacy in the Inter-American Human Rights System (Oxford University Press, 2019), leading academics and practitioners, including the book's co-authors, will share insights from theory and practice on the Inter-American System today.


  • Marco Sassòli, Director, Geneva Academy and Professor of International Law, University of Geneva

Panelists and Topics

  • James Cavallaro, Visiting Professor at Amherst College, Wesleyan University and at Yale Law School: The Ayotzinapa Forced Disappearances: the response of the Inter-American Commission and implications for Mexico and the system
  • Claret Vargas, Senior Staff Attorney, Center for Justice and Accountability: Combating impunity after state-sponsored atrocities: the influence of the Barrios Altos case and its progeny on domestic accountability efforts across America
  • Bernard Duhaime, Law Department in the Faculty of Law and Political Science, University of Quebec and member of the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances: New approaches to economic, social and cultural rights in the Americas
  • Clara Sandoval, Professor, School of Law and Human Rights Centre, University of Essex, and Geneva Academy: The implementation and impact of the reparations’ jurisprudence of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights
  • Caroline Bettinger-Lopez, Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law and Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations: Lenahan vs. U.S: realizing women’s human rights at the domestic level.

About the book

Doctrine, Practice and Advocacy in the Inter-American Human Rights System is co-authored by James L. Cavallaro, Caret Vargas, Clara Sandoval and Bernard Duhaim with Caroline Bettinger-Lopez, Stephanie Erin Brewer, Diana Guzman and Cecilia Nadeo.

'At long last, a monumental work in English about the enormous contributions of the Inter-American System of protection to the modern canon of human rights. The authors are among the most authoritative practitioners and advocates active today, and their rigorous and comprehensive narrative is a crowning achievement.' Juan Mendez, Former President, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, former UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Professor, Washington College of Law, American University


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