University of Miami School of Law Hosts Symposium on Inter-American Human Rights Developments

Costa Rica’s former president, Rodrigo Carazo, to speak

Coral Gables, FL (December 18, 2008 – LAWFUEL) – The University of Miami School of Law’s Inter-American Law Review Symposium will take place on Saturday, March 7th,from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Storer Auditorium of the business school, located at 5250 University Drive on the Coral Gables campus. The symposium is being organized in conjunction with the International Graduate Law Programs at the University of Miami School of Law. The topic for this year’s conference will be “Righting Wrongs? The Inter-American System of Human Rights after 50 Years.” The event is free and open to the public.

The symposium will consist of two panels that discuss the roles that the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights have played in changing the lives of those affected by human rights abuses in Latin America and the Caribbean.

This year’s keynote speaker is the former President of Costa Rica and Founder of the University for Peace, Dr. Rodrigo Carazo. From 1907 to 1918, Costa Rica hosted the Central American Court of Justice, which was the first permanent international tribunal that allowed individuals to take legal action regarding international law and human rights issues. Following that tradition, Dr. Carazo pushed forward with efforts to establish the University for Peace while he was president of Costa Rica. During his term as president, he also helped establish the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in the Costa Rican capital.

Additional confirmed speakers include Larry Cox, Executive Director of Amnesty International, USA; Santiago Canton, Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights; Carlos Ayala Coroa, past Chairman on the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights; Rick Wilson, founding director of the International Human Rights Law Clinic at American University’s Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C., and member of the Board of Directors of the World Organization for Human Rights, U.S.A.; Pablo Saavedra, Deputy Secretary of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights; and Fred Morris, Methodist pastor and torture survivor.

Now in its 40th year, The Inter-American Law Review (IALR) (formerly Lawyer of the Americas) operates as a scholarly international legal periodical run entirely by second and third year law students at the University of Miami School of Law. The review is dedicated to providing a forum through which legal scholars, practitioners, and students discuss major international and inter-American legal and legally-related developments. With the continuing emergence of Miami as a center of international trade, finance, and law, the focus of IALR becomes increasingly important and relevant to the surrounding environments. For more information on the review or to RSVP for this symposium, please email [email protected] or call (305) 284-5562 before February 20th.

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