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Human Rights in Latin America: Litigation, Political Mobilization & the Path to Social Justice

Start/End Thursday, March 14, 2013 12:10 PM EDT -- 01:10 PM EDT
Location Name Jerome Greene Hall room 105

Please join HRI for a lunch time discussion with Jorge Contesse, Visiting Human Rights Fellow Yale Law School. As indigenous peoples, sexual minorities, women and other marginalized groups increasingly use the inter-American human rights system as a vehicle to advance their claims it becomes necessary to reflect on both the legal and political challenges that human rights advocates face. Latin America is no longer plagued by authoritarian regimes perpetuating mass human rights violations, yet the existing democracies infringe individual rights in many ways. The talk will explore how the Global South and the Global North develop alliances that successfully impact the creation of supra-regional law, looking specifically at Atala v. Chile, the first case on sexual orientation decided by the Inter-American Human Rights Court. Jorge Contesse is currently a visiting human rights fellow at Yale Law School and, in the fall of 2013 will join the faculty at Rutgers Law School-Newark. Previously he was Assistant Professor of Law at the Diego Portales Law School, in Santiago, where he directed its Human Rights Center. He has litigated several cases before the inter-American human rights system.