Past Event

MacArthur International Justice Lecture Series Advocacy Before Regional Human Rights Bodies: A Cross-Regional Agenda

October 20, 2008

8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Washington, DC
American University
Washington College of Law
Room 603

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Schedule of Events

8:30 am Registration

9:00 am Welcome by Claudio Grossman, Dean, Washington College of Law,
and opening remarks by Jonathan Fanton, President, MacArthur Foundation

9:30 am Panel 1: Perspectives, Approaches and Experiences in Combating Impunity
This panel willl examine how broader international legal developments, such as
those in international criminal law, have shaped the dicisions of regional human
rights bodies.
Moderator: Diane Orentlicher, Professor, Washington College of Law
Speakers: Commissioner Sir Claire Roberts, Inter-American Commission on
Human Rights; Commissioner Felipe Gonzalez, Inter-American Commission on
Human Rights; Judge Leonardo Franco, Inter-American Court of Human Rights; Emanuel Magade, Dean, University of Zimbabwe

11:00 am Coffee Break

11:15 am Panel 2: The Scope of Reparations: Challenges in Defining their Scope
and Guaranteeing their Enforcement

The second panel will build upon the first and will focus on the interrelated
questions of (1) how the remedies and recommendations issued by regional
human rights bodies can be strengthened and (2) how implementation of
regional human rights bodies’ recommendations and judgments can be
better ensured.
Moderator: Claudio Grossman, Dean, Washington College of Law
Speakers: Judge Sergio Garcia Ramírez, Inter-American Court of
Human Rights; Judge Manuel Ventura Robles, Inter-American Court of
Human Rights; Elizabeth Abi Mershed, Deputy Executive Secretary, Inter-
American Commission on Human Rights; Commissioner Bahame Tom Mukirya Nyanduga, African Commission of Human and People’s Rights; Dr. Chidi Odinkalu, Senior Legal Officer, Africa Open Society Justice Initiative; Tarisai Mutangi, University of Pretoria

12:45 pm Lunch with Paolo Carozza, President, Inter-American Commission
of Human Rights

2:30 pm Panel 3: Institutional Challenges Facing the Regional Systems for the
Protection of Human Rights

The panel will attempt to identify and share best practices, information and
mechanisms that will allow regional human rights systems to coordinate and
collaborate in their work and develop effective follow-up mechanisms to
oversee domestic developments and compliance of international human rights
law in the region.
Moderator: Robert Goldman, Professor, Washington College of Law
Speakers: Pablo Saavedra, Secretary, Inter-American Court of Human Rights
Santiago Canton, Executive Secretary, Inter-American Commission
on Human Rights; Judge Margarette May Macaulay, Inter-American Court of Human
Rights; Judge Fatsah Ouguergouz, African Court on Human and People’s
Rights; Andrew Drzemczewski, Head of the Secretariat, Committee on
Legal Affairs and Human Rights, Council of Europe

4:00 pm Closing Remarks

5:00 pm Transport to the Organization of American States

6:30 pm Dinner and Keynote Address
Introductions: Claudio Grossman, Dean, Washington College of Law
Remarks: Jose Miguel Insulza, Secretary General, Organization of
American States
Presentation: Juan E. Méndez, President, International Center for
Transitional Justice

More information can be found at the American University Washington College of Law website.

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