The Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law invites all attorneys interested in international law to participate as a judge in the Ninth Annual Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition, taking place May 23-28, 2004. This unique Competition aims to familiarize students with the jurisprudence created by the organs of the Inter-American system for the promotion and protection of human rights as well as to promote interaction and exchanges among students, academics, diplomats and practitioners. Equally important, the week-long Competition helps a new generation of lawyers understand the importance of respecting divergent opinions, intellectual rigor and the values that underpin the discourse of human rights. Volunteering as a judge gives you the opportunity to participate in a unique training and mentoring program of students from around the world. Last year, 45 teams from 14 different countries participated in the Competition, involving over 150 students and faculty. Over 70 volunteer attorneys participated in the Competition, grading written briefs, questioning students in over 50 oral round sessions, welcoming students on visits to their organizations, and speaking at the Competitionís training seminar. The Competition also provides you with a wonderful opportunity to network with other accomplished attorneys, diplomats and judges. Whether it is prior to grading an oral round session or at one of the many receptions held during the week of the Competition, many excellent opportunities exist where you can meet other attorneys interested in international human rights law. Finally, the Competition offers you the opportunity to explore cutting-edge legal issues currently being considered both in the Inter-American system and international legal frameworks. This yearís hypothetical case explores the contentious issues surrounding a governmentís desire to exploit natural resources underneath land populated by groups of indigenous peoples. The case illuminates the critical tension between economic development and indigenous rights. If you are committed to international law and human rights, you will surely enjoy participating as a judge in this competition. Judges can grade the written memorials (submitted April 15th) and/or the oral round sessions during the week of the Competition. Either way, your participation is critical in sustaining the long-term impact of human rights education in the Americas as well as in supporting the months of preparation undertaken by nearly 100 young lawyers who will join us in Washington, DC for the Competition. To volunteer as a judge, please fill out a judge registration form online at www.wcl.american.edu/humright/mcourt/2004/registration.cfm or contact Shazia Anwar at (202)274-4180 or email@example.com. Thank you. ======== North American Human Rights Education listserv ======== Send mail intended for the list to <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Archives of the list can be found at: http://www.hrea.org/lists/hr-education-na/markup/maillist.php If you have problems (un)subscribing, contact <email@example.com>. **You are welcome to reprint, copy, archive, quote or re-post this item, but please retain the original and listserv source.
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