Impact Litigation Project Participates in Public Hearing of Inter-American Court of Human Rights in Costa Rica

Impact Litigation Project in Coast Rica
ILP students Natalia Gomez Pena, Whitney Washington, and Facundo Capurro.


On May 16, the Impact Litigation Project (ILP) participated in a special public hearing of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in Costa Rica. Three AUWCL students, Facundo Capurro, Natalia Gomez Pena, and Whitney Washington, supervised by Professor Macarena Saez, presented arguments on international law requirements regarding a potential statute on change of legal name according to gender identity.

Click here to view the hearing schedule and watch the webcast.

The ILP submitted a related legal opinion to the Court earlier this year. Costa Rica has requested an Advisory Opinion from the Court on the protections under the American Convention on Human Rights (specifically articles 11(2), 18 and 24 in relation to article 1) for state recognition of a change in name and gender based on a person's preferred gender identity. Several AUWCL students worked on the legal opinion.

The Impact Litigation Project seeks to promote the rule of law and democracy around the world through the international litigation of pivotal cases lending to promote and enhance the development and furtherance of international jurisprudence and standards. The ILP is a project of the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law directed by Professor Saez.

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