INTER-AMERICAN HUMAN RIGHTS MOOT COURT COMPETITION
(LAWO-7051) - 3 UNIT

This is a course in preparation for the Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition, which is administered by the American University Washington College of Law (WCL), Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. It was established in 1996 to train attorneys on how to use the Inter-American human rights legal system to redress human rights violations taking place in the Americas. Since its inception in 1995, the yearly Competition has trained over 1,000 students and faculty participants from over 100 universities throughout the Americas and beyond.

Written on a cutting-edge topic currently debated within the Inter-American system, the hypothetical case operates as the basis of the competition, and students argue the merits of this case by writing legal memoranda and preparing oral arguments for presentation in front of human rights experts acting as the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

Students receive up to 3 units (1 unit in the Fall and 2 units in the Spring) for participating. [Application/Try-Outs Required; Instructor Approval Required to Add Course]

Description for Students:

The Inter-American Hunan Rights Moot Court Competition involves international human rights law. The team will consist of 2-4 members and is open to rising 2D, 3D, and rising 2E and 3E students and students will receive up to 3 units (1 unit in the Fall and 2 units in the Spring) for participating. The hypothetical problem is released in December. Students will submit a brief to the competition in March. Oral arguments take place after finals in May in Washington D.C. Team members will be introduced to international law and human rights law in the Fall semester and will review prior hypothetical problems created by the Inter-American Human Rights Moot court Competition.

Experiential Course  

Prerequisites:
Appellate Advocacy (LAWJ-4012) 
or
LAW-4J12 
and
Immigration Court Practice and Procedures (LAWG-4019) 
or
LAW-4G19