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Twelfth Specialized Course for Public Officials on the Use of Inter-American System for the Protection of Human Rights

Fecha: (7/16/2019 9:23:45 AM)

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San José, Costa Rica. The Twelfth Specialized Course for Public Officials on the Use of the Inter-American System for the Protection of Human Rights took place June 25-29, 2019 with 53 participants from different Latin American countries, among them justice operators, university professors and public defenders.

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The opening lecture on “The International Protection of Human Rights and the Role of the American Convention on Human Rights” was delivered by the IIHR Executive Director, José Thompson, who was accompanied on the podium by Jorge Padilla, IIHR Coordinator of Education, and Adriana Piquero, of the IIHR Office in Colombia.

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The first day of the event also featured lectures on the Inter-American Commission and Court on Human Rights, offered by Henrique Napoleão Alves, Commission staff lawyer from Brazil, and Alexei Julio, Legal Director of the Court. Subjects taken up the following day were the relationship between the universal and inter-American systems; control of conventionality; constitutional justice and the legal effect of the Court’s advisory opinions by Zamir Fajardo (a Colombian-Mexican lawyer who is an expert on the matter; Natalia Arce, IIHR academic advisor; Rogelio Flores (Director of the Center to Study the Current Status  of the Law of Queretaro, Mexico; and Mr. Julio, respectively. On June 27, Marta Cabrera and Amelia Brenes Barahona, staff lawyers of the Court, spoke on the evolution of inter-American jurisprudence and the execution and compliance of the judgments of the Court, followed by Mr. Alves, who referred to the monitoring and the follow-up of the recommendations of the Commission.

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The question of access to justice of vulnerable populations, a focus based on rights and their application to public policies and the challenges of the system with respect to State obligations were covered on June 28 by Andrés Fajardo (Auxiliary Magistrate of the Constitutional Court of Colombia), Ms. Arce and Daniel Cerqueira, a Brazilian lawyer with the Due Process of Law Foundation.

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In addition to the lectures, workshops were held on control of conventionality in the administration of justice and a focus based on rights and their application to public policies. The final day concluded with group meetings and a plenary to discuss the results. The workshop team was comprised of Mr. Thompson, Ms. Piquero, José Pablo Vega and Lucrecia Molina of the IIHR.

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