Training for the justiciability of economic, social and cultural rights

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San José, Costa Rica. The course Training for the justiciability of economic, social and cultural rights was held June 16-17, 2016 in the IIHR Inter-American Classroom. The event was inaugurated by José Thompson, IIHR Executive Director, and Jorge Padilla, Coordinator of the Center of Resources and Studies for Education in Human Rights .

The program began with a lecture on “Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Conceptual Introduction,” by Mr. Thompson. It was followed by a talk by Natalia Arce, Academic Assistant, on “The Inter-American Protection of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.” For her part, Gloriana López Fuscaldo spoke on “The Justiciability of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and State Obligations” and Carlos Gaio, a staff attorney of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, referred to the control of constitutionality in the area .

On June 17, Pedro Ixchíu, a lawyer, and Irma Alicia Velásquez Nimatuj, an anthropologist, both Guatemalans, led a panel on the models and experiences of access to justice for indigenous peoples and their right to identity and were followed by Javier Rodríguez, a Costa Rican lawyer, who spoke on prior, free and informed consent and Rafael Maldonado, a Guatemalan litigant, who referred to the right to a healthy environment and economic, social and cultural rights. Finally, Víctor Rodríguez, a Costa Rican lawyer who is a member of the UN Human Rights Committee and the IIHR General Assembly, lectured on “Businesses and Human Rights ".

Sixty-two judges, litigants and public officials, academics and representatives of civil society, half of whom were Costa Ricans and the others from the other Central American countries, the Dominican Republic  and Mexico, participated in the training .

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