Course on the Digest of Access to Justice of the THEMIS methodology

Fecha: (2/15/2017 10:24:22 AM)


Tegucigalpa Honduras. The Training Course on the Use of the Digest of Access to Justice of the THEMIS Methodology was held February 13-15, 2017. It was conducted by the Center of Resources and Studies for Education in Human Rights of the Institute (CREEDH/IIDH) and the DIRAjus program of GIZ, the German cooperation agency. The activity was inaugurated by Judge Lidia Alvárez Sagastume, President of the Constitutional Chamber of Honduras; Helen Ahrens, Director of the DIRAJus program, and Jorge Padilla, Coordinador of CREEDH/IIDH.

Following the inauguration, Inti Schubert (DIRAjus) and Jorge Padilla explained the context of THEMIS, with respect to control of conventionality, and the use of the Digest. The participants then began a case study, the practical part of the training. The following morning began with a reflection on control of conventionality and the creation of working groups. The afternoon was devoted to a juridical evaluation of preventive detention. The third day commenced with a reflection on interpretation as an instrument to apply control of conventionality, which was followed by the final stage of the case study that led to the presentation of the results of the study, a relevant discussion and feed-back. The practical exercises, the lectures and the moments of reflection were conducted by Mr. Schubert and Mr. Padilla.


The training was held at the Francisco Salomón Jiménez Castro Judicial School and was attended by 24 officials of the Supreme Court of Justice, including lawyers and advisors who deal with admissibility at the Civil and Constitutional Chamber and judges and assistants of the Civil and Criminal Court of Appeals.

The Course was an extension of the project conducted by the IIHR and GIZ between August 2015 and November 2016, the objective of which is to strengthen the technical capacities of the judiciary staff regarding access to justice by giving them a better knowledge of the THEMIS methodology and its application with respect to the doctrine of control of conventionality. 

The second phase of the training will take place in April.

The first photograph shows Judges Jorge Abilio Serrano and Reina Auxiliadora Hércules; Helen Ahrens; Judge Lidia Alvárez Sagastume; Jorge Padilla and Judge Edwin Ortez.

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