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XXXVIII Interdisciplinary Course on Human Rights

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San José, Costa Rica. On December 4, 2020, the XXXVIII Interdisciplinary Course on Human Rights was closed by Gro Dahle (Advisor of the Embassy of Norway in Mexico) and José Thompson (IIHR Executive Director).

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They were followed by Vanessa Becerra and Pedro Fons (both of Argentina), Norma Loeza (Mexico) and Francis Peña (Guatemala), who offered feed-back on the basis of their five weeks of studies and working groups.

The Interdisciplinary Course “Public Policies: Progressiveness and No Regressivity in the Effectiveness of Human Rights" began virtually on October 28 with the participation of more than 70 persons from all of the countries of the region. 

Jorge Padilla (IIHR Coordinator of Education) and his team were in charge of the activity.

Module I: The International Systems of Protection of Human Rights. November 2-7

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On November 2, Fabián Salvioli lectured on "The Fundamental Criteria of the International Systems of Protection of Human Rights." Professor Salvioli is a member of the IIHR General Assembly and is the UN Special Rapporteur on promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence.

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On Novemer 4, Carmen Rosa Villa spoke on "Challenges: The Response of States to the Recommendations and Mecanisms of Protection of the Universal System.” Ms. Villa, a Peruvian, was the Representative for Latin America of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights until 2019.

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José Pablo Vega, a lawyer and IIHR consultant, was the tutor during the practical phase of this Module.

Module II: A Rights-Based Focus and its Relationship to Public Policies. November 9-14

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On November 9, Renato Zerbini, a Brazilian expert who is a member of the IIHR Executive Board and Chairman of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, lectured on “The Universal System: Dialogue, Commitment and Action in the Area of Public Policies.”

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On November 11, Andrés Fajardo spoke on "Public Policies: Good practices under the Inter-American System.” Mr. Fajardo, a Colombian, is Deputy Defender in the Office of the Public Defender of his country.

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The tutor was Claudia Espinosa, a Mexican specialist in the field.

Module III: The Right to Health: guarantees, access and effectiveness. November 16-21

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On November 16, Andrés Scagliola lectured on “Public Policies: A viewpoint with a Differential and Intersectional Focus.” Mr. Scagliola, a Uruguayan, is Chairman of the Working Group on the Protocol of San Salvador that monitors compliance by the States Parties. On November 17,

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Marcia Aguiluz, a Costa Rican who is Legal Director of Women´s Link, spoke on “The Focus of Gender in the Design and Implementation of Public Policies.”

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Prof. Lorena González was the tutor of the practical phase of this Module. A Guatemalan, she is a lawyer, a former IIHR staff member and was a member of the UN Sub-Committee on the Prevention of Torture.

Module IV: The Right to Education: guarantees, access and effectiveness. November 23-28 

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On November 23, Ana María Rodino, an Argentine-Costa Rican with a doctorate in education, spoke on “The Right to Education. From Legal Recognition to Progressivity and Efficacy in Achieving It.”

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On November 25, Mayra Falck Reyes, a Honduran economist and expert on development, spoke on “Public Policies and Education with regard to the Covid 19 Crisis and Post-Crisis.”

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On November 24, as part of the ICRC Chair, Eric Tardif (Legal Advisor of the Regional Delegation for Mexico and Central America of the International Committee of the Red Cross, lectured on “International Humanitarian Law and the Importance of its Inclusion in the Public Policies of States.”

On November 28, this Module, under the tutorship of Lorena González closed with the participants singing "Resistiré."

Module V: The Negative Impact of Corruption in the Efficacy of Public Policies. November 30-December 4

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On November 30, Jaime Ordóñez, a Costa Rican lawyer who is Director of the Central American Institute of Governability, lectured on “The Negative Impact of Corruption on the Efficacy of Public Policies” to initiate Module V..

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On December 2, Katya Salazar, a Peruvian lawyer and Executive Director of the Due Process Foundation, spoke on “The Role of Civil Society in the Fight against Corruption.”

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The final day of the Interdisciplinary Course was also the final day of the tutorship of this Module by Luis Daniel Vázquez, a Mexican national who has a doctorate in social sciences with a specialty in political science and is a specialist in the relationship among corruption, impunity and human rights.  

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