XXXVII Interdisciplinary Course in Human Rights

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San José, Costa Rica. The XXXVII Interdisciplinary Course on Human Rights, entitled “New Dimensions of the Justiciability of Rights: 50 Years of the American Convention on Human Rights,” took place October 15-25, 2019. The activity was introduced by the IIHR Executive Director, José Thompson, and the IIHR Coordinator of Education, Jorge Padilla. The formal inauguration was held on the evening of October 15 in the presence of the President of the IIHR, Claudio Grossman; the Honorary President, Sonia Picado; the President of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, Eduardo Ferrer; the President of the Legislative Assembly of Costa Rica, Carlos Ricardo Benavides, and Mr. Thompson. Also attending were members of the diplomatic corps and representatives of Costa Rican institutions, in addition to the participants and IIHR staff.


The academic phase of the Course began on October 15 with a lecture by Fabián Salvioli on “Human rights: from words to actions.” Mr. Grossman then spoke on the challenges facing the inter-American system of human rights, followed by Claudia Paz y Paz on “Strategic litigation as a path for the justiciability of rights.” On the following days, the participants heard lectures on “Freedom of expression and related issues” (Eduardo Ulibarri, commented upon by Marcia Aguiluz); “Intersectionality of discrimination” (Andrés Scagliola, with the comments of Marta Cabrera) and “Economic, social and cultural rights and justiciability” (Jorge Calderón, commented upon by Pablo González). On the evening of October 16, Judge Raúl Zaffaroni of the I/A Court spoke on “The recognition of the rights of sexual diversity,” while, on the 19th, Jaime Ordóñez and Mayra Falck gave separate lectures regarding the strategies of integral development and public policies with a focus on human rights. 


On Monday of the second week, there were two classes: “Migrations in the Americas” and “Migrations and human rights: emblematic jurisprudence,” given by Gabriela Rodríguez Pizarro and José Pablo Vega. These were followed on Tuesday morning by “The environment and access to justice” and “The role of private enterprise in light of the Global Pact,” by Patricia Tarre and Humberto Cantú, respectively. The afternoon featured a “Workshop on Indicators of Implementation of the Global Pact” and a “Discussion with experts on the Swedish project, moderated by Humberto Cantú. On October 23, Judge Elizabeth Odio of the Inter-American Court explained the “New scope of the international criminal protection of the individual” and the second lecture of the day, “International Humanitarian Rights and their connection with Human Rights: emphasis on the framework of international criminal justice,” was by Eric Tardiff, of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Workshop on public policies and case study


The workshop on public policies with a focus on rights took place October16 to 19. In accordance with the methodology adopted, during the afternoon, the participants, divided into three groups, discussed the topics of the morning lectures. The workshop concluded with a consensus on the criteria and conclusions and feedback regarding the lecturers and the commentators. On the 19th, each group presented its public policy proposal.


The participants worked on a case study during the second week, which was coordinated by José Pablo Vega, Natalia Arce and Patricia Tarre and which closed with a mock litigation related to the inter-American system of human rights.

Finally, the 51 participants, from different countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, evaluated the Course and received certificates, following which they were given a guided tour of the Inter-American Court.

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