CALL FOR ATTORNEYS TO PARTICIPATE IN HUMAN RIGHTS MOOT COURT COMPETITION The Academy 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 11th Annual Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition, taking place May 21-26, 2006. This tri-lingual (English, Spanish and Portuguese) 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, 46 teams from 13 different countries participated in the Competition, involving over 150 students and faculty. Over 100 volunteer attorneys from 17 countries 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 Competition's 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 year's hypothetical case focuses on the prohibition of discrimination and whether the use of affirmative action under international law is a legitimate and effective method of redressing a history of discrimination against afro-descendants. If you are committed to international law and human rights, you will surely enjoy participating as a judge in this Competition. Judges are needed in all three languages. You can grade the written memorials (submitted April 1st) 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/2006/registration.cfm For more information, please contact the Competition Organizers at (202)274-4215 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you. Shazia N. Anwar Competition Coordinator Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law American University Washington College of Law 4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20016 Tel: 202.274.4215 Fax: 202.274.4198 Email: < > Web: wcl.american.edu/humright/mcourt/ ======== Global Human Rights Education listserv ======= Send mail intended for the list to < >. Archives of the list can be found at: http://www.hrea.org/lists/hr-education/ **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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