Thirty-sixth Interdisciplinary Course on Human Rights

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San José, Costa Rica. The thirty-sixth IIHR Interdisciplinary Course on Human Rights, entitled “A year of significant commemorations of human rights: the 70th anniversary of the American and Universal Declaration and 40 years of the American Convention on Human Rights,” took place September 25 to October 4, 2018.


This emblematic event of the Institute was inaugurated by Lorena Aguilar, Vice Foreign Minister of Costa Rica; Eduardo Ferrer MacGregor, President of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and Sonia Picado and José Thompson, Honorary President and Executive Director of the IIHR, respectively.


The two-week Course featured a series of lectures by a group of recognized experts, among them Fabián Salvioli (UN Rapporteur for Transitional Justice), Carmen Rosa Villa (former Regional Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights), Eric Tardiff (Legal Advisor of the International Committee of the Red Cross) Judge Eduardo Ferrer MacGregor, Gonzalo Monge (Professor of the University of Costa Rica), Rogelio Flores (Director of the Institute of Constitutional Studies of Querétaro, México), Piero Vásquez (Staff Lawyer of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights), Juany Ibáñez (former Staff Lawyer of the Inter-American Court), Jorge Calderón, Olger González and Cecilia la Hoz (Staff Lawyers of the Court), Montserrat Solano (former Ombudsperson of Costa Rica) and the IIHR Executive Director.


Also featured was the showing of the film "Las Sufragistas," which was followed by a workshop on “Equality between Women and Men: Historical Memory of the Feminist Struggle in the Americas,” led by Rafaella Sánchez Mora (specialist in gender and sexuality of the University of Costa Rica). There was also a four session workshop on “Economic, social and cultural rights and public policies,” conducted by Lorena González, Marisol Molestina and Lucrecia Molina.


Two new books were introduced during the Course. The first, "Derechos políticos de las mujeres: avances y buenas prácticas en Guatemala y Honduras" (Political rights of women: progress and good practices in Guatemala and Honduras), published by the Center for Electoral Promotion and Assistance (IIHR/CAPEL), was analyzed by Sofía Vincenzi, Coordinator of Operations of CAPEL, the consultant Flavia Freidenberg, who participated by video-conference from Mexico, and Ileana Aguilar, of the Institute of Training and Studies in Democracy of the Supreme Tribunal of Elections of Costa Rica. The second, "Estudios de derecho internacional de los derechos humanos" (Studies on the international law of human rights), by Felipe González Morales, was introduced by Rogelio Flores.


Finally,a case study, consisting of a moot court before the organs of the Inter-American System of Human Rights, took up a large part of the second week of the Course. This exercise, presented by the Executive Director, was conducted by José Pablo Vega, Coordinator of the Network of Legal Services to Refugees in the Americas, and Edward Pérez and Patricia Tarre (Staff Lawyers of the I/A Cour).

Gallery of photographs

Gallery of photograps

The program here