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International Course on Inter-American System for Protection of Human Rights Concludes

Fecha: (11/1/2017 9:34:16 AM)

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San José, Costa Rica. The on-site week of the Internatiional Course on the Inter-American System for the Protection of Human Rights took place October 23-27, 2017. The Course is a high-level academic activity that has been conducted during the past five years by the IIHR Center of Resources and Studies for Education in Human Rights (IIHR/CREEDH) and the Universidad Libre of Colombia. The objective of the Course is to strengthen the participants’ knowledge and use of the Inter-American System. This final phase of the Course followed the distance learning stage that took place during the previous eight weeks at the IIHR Inter-American Virtual Classroom.

Participating in the Course were 32 4th and 5th year students of the Bogotá branch of the Universidad Libre, who were accompanied by Professor Hernando Peña, who holds the Human Rights Chair.  

The inaugural session, conducted by Jorge Padilla, head of CREEDH, presented the activities and methodology to be used during the week. Mr. Padilla then lectured on “The Interaction between International Law and Domestic Law” and the following day he spoke on the “Inter-American Democratic Charter.” Other professors were Elizabeth Jiménez (President of the Costa Rican Association of International Law) who spoke on the Inter-American System; José Colodro, of the Embassy of Bolivia, who lectured on “Interculturality and Human Rights,’ Edward Pérez, staff attorney of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, whose topic was “The Role of Human Rights Defenders” and Josette Altman (General Secretary of FLACSO) who spoke on “Transborder Migrations in Central America.” 

The week also included a series of visits beginning with the University for Peace where the students received a class on “International Conflicts and Peace”; the Constitutional Chamber of Costa Rica, where they were instructed on “The Constitutional Jurisdiction in Costa Rica”; the Supreme Tribunal of Elections on the relationship between “Political Rights and Human Rights.” The final day saw visits to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and also the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where they heard a lecture on “The UN Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.” 

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