Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law to Host Intensive Summer Program at New Tenley Campus

Spanish LL.M. in Human RIghts and Humanitarian Law to Receive First Cohort in May


Washington, D.C., March 3, 2016 -- The Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, to be held on May 31 – June 17 by American University Washington College of Law’s Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, will offer 19 courses taught by world-renowned scholars and practitioners in the field of human rights. The Program will be held at the new Tenley Campus, located in northwest Washington, D.C. 

The Summer Program is currently an integral part of the LL.M. in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, which began in Spring 2015 and will be graduating its first cohort of students this summer. The LL.M. also launched its Spanish counterpart—LL.M. en Derechos Humanos y Derecho Humanitario—this year and will be receiving its first Spanish cohort this summer during the Program. This LL.M. is the first of its kind administered entirely in Spanish in a US law school. The LL.M. is implemented under the academic direction of Robert K. Goldman, Louis C. James Scholar and professor of law.

Many visiting scholars will join the law school’s Dean Claudio Grossman, Academy Co-directors Professors Claudia Martin and Diego Rodríguez-Pinzón and Professor Juan Mendez. The Program enables individuals to develop skills and gain practical experience in an intense three-week format. Last year, the Program received 150 students from over 25 countries.

Celebrating over 15 years of legal education, the Academy was created to promote practical approaches to human rights and humanitarian law as well as strengthen links between human rights organizations, practitioners, and educators worldwide. Dean Claudio Grossman (Chair) and Professor Robert Goldman (Vice-Chair) oversee the Academy’s Advisory Board.

Concurrent with the program, the Academy sponsors Human Rights Month from May 22 – June 17, which offers additional academic opportunities through conferences, panels, and films. This series of events addresses both achievements and challenges in human rights law, and features the expertise of legal practitioners, scholars, and activists.

The Program’s expert instructors for Summer 2016 include:

AUWCL Faculty

Claudio Grossman, Former Chair, Committee Against Torture, United Nations and Dean, American University Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C.

Claudia Martin, Co-Director, Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, American University Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C.

Juan Méndez, Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, United Nations and Visiting Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C.

Diego Rodríguez-Pinzón, Co-Director, Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, American University Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C.

 

Academia

Gudmundur Alfredsson, Professor, University of Akureyri, Iceland

Carlos Ayala, Professor at Law and head of Public Law Department, Universidad Católica Andres Bello and Member of the International Commission of Jurists, Caracas, Venezuela

Laurence Burgorgue-Larson, Judge, Constitutional Court of Andorra and Professor, Université Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne, Paris, France

John Cerone, Visiting Professor of International Law, Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University, Medford, MA

Rebecca Cook, Co-Director, International Program on Reproductive and Sexual Health Law, University of

Toronto, Canada

David Crane, Professor of Practice, Syracuse University College of Law, Syracuse, NY

Felipe Gómez Isa, Professor of Public International Law, Pedro Arrupe Institute of Human Rights, University of Deusto (Bilbao), Spain

Sandra Ratjen, Researcher, Geneva Academy for International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, Geneva, Switzerland

Frans Viljoen, Director, Human Rights Centre, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Leonardus Zwaak, Retired Associate Professor, Netherlands Institute of Human Rights, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

 

International Courts, Human Rights Bodies and Inter-Governmental Institutions

Elizabeth Abi-Mershed, Deputy Executive Secretary, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Organization of American States (OAS), Washington, D.C.

Emilio Álvarez Icaza, Executive Secretary, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Organization of American States (OAS), Washington, D.C.

Jorge Araya, Secretary, Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

Catalina Botero, Former Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Organization of American States (OAS)

Antônio Cançado Trindade, Judge, International Court of Justice, United Nations, The Hague, The Netherlands

Christian Courtis, Human Rights Officer, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

Olivier de Schutter, Member of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and Former Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, United Nations

Eduardo Ferrer Mac-Gregor Poisot, Judge, Inter-American Court of Human Rights, Organization of American States (OAS), San José, Costa Rica

Maria Clara Galvis, Member, Committee on Enforced Disappearances, United Nations

Felipe González, Commissioner and Former Chair, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Organization of American States, Washington, D.C.

Christopher Harland, Legal Advisor, International Committee of the Red Cross Regional Delegation for the United States and Canada, Washington, D.C.

Jens Modvig, Acting Chairperson, Committee Against Torture, United Nations

Edison Lanza, Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Organization of American States (OAS), Washington, D.C.

Siobhan McInerney-Lankford, Senior Counsel, The World Bank, Washington, D.C.

Fausto Pocar, Judge, International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, United Nations, The Hague, The Netherlands

Pablo Saavedra, Secretary, Inter-American Court of Human Rights, Organization of American States (OAS), San Jose, Costa Rica

Rodrigo Uprimny Yepes, Member, Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, United Nations

Jamie Williamson, Head of Unit, Relations with Arms Carriers, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Geneva, Switzerland

NGO’s and Civil Society

Santiago Cantón, Former Executive Director, Partners for Human Rights, Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights

Helen Duffy, Founder, Human Rights in Practice, The Hague, The Netherlands

Viviana Krsticevic, Executive Director, Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), Washington, D.C.

Julissa Mantilla, International Special Adviser on Transnational Justice from a Gender Perspective, UN Women, Peru

Ted Piccone, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Project on International Order and Strategy, Latin America Initiative, Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C.

Mónica Roa, Vice President for Strategy & External Relations, Gender and Justice Program, Women’s Link Worldwide, Bogotá, Colombia

Eric Rosenthal, Founder and Executive Director, Disability Rights International, Washington, D.C.

Gerald Staberock, Secretary General, World Organization Against Torture, Geneva, Switzerland

Margaret Wachenfeld, Director of Legal Affairs, Institute for Human Rights and Business, England

Alejandro Valencia Villa, Consultant, Human Rights and Transitional Justice, Colombia

José Miguel Vivanco, Executive Director, Americas Division, Human Rights Watch, Washington, D.C.

 

For more information, email hracademy@wcl.american.edu

 

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