Interdisciplinary Seminar on Public Policies, Right to Development and Access to Justice in MERCOSUR

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Rosario, Argentina. The Interdisciplinary Seminar on Public Policies, Right to Development and Access to Justice in MERCOSUR. The rights of vulnerable people: “Protecting the weakest” took place September 20-23, 2017 and was attended by 72 persons from public institutions, academia, regional bodies that deal with the international protection of human rights and civil society. 


Representing the IIHR was its Coordinator of Education, Jorge Padilla, who, in addition to inaugurating the Seminar with Isabel Martínez de San Vicente (Director of the CEI), spoke on Introduction to the Inter-American System of Human Rights and the IIHR’s Experience in Education, which was part of the initial phase of the Seminar. The opening lecture Contemporary challenges for the international systems of human rights by Fabián Salvioli (former Chair of the UN Human Rights Committee and member of the IIHR General Assembly). Also participating were Elías Carranza (Director of ILANUD) who was a panelist on the Right to Development and Access to Justice of Persons Deprived of Liberty and Víctor Abramovich (Attorney General of Argentina) who spoke on Public Policies as a Key to Human Rights.  

The introductory phase covered control of conventionality, pubic policies, vulnerabilituy and the Brasilia Regulations Regarding the Access to Justice for Vulnerable People. Later, the section on regional public assets and the access to justice dealt with environmental vulnerability, the right to water, the environmental impact of chemical agents on our bodies and socio-environmental health and rural communities.

Among the topics covered under public policies, the right to development and access to justice were strategic litigation regarding the rights of women with a focus on gender and the rights of children and adolescents, indigenous peoples and persons with disabilities, senior citizens, those deprived of liberty and migrants and refugees. There were also lectures on education, human trafficking, regional integration and institutional programs on human rights, given by experts in the respective areas. The methodology of the Seminar combined theoretical approaches with experiences in the field. There were also three case studies on the Inter-American System of Human Rights, which culminated in a moot court.   

The activity was organized by the IIHR, the United Nations Latin American Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders, the Center of Interdisciplinary Studiies and the Institute of Latin American Cooperation, the latter two part of the National University of Rosario.

The program, in Spanish, may be found here

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