The Future of the Inter-American Human Rights System

Inter-American Retreat

On April 1, 2014, The Center for Civil and Human Rights, with the generous support of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, gathered a distinguished panel of human rights lawyers, scholars, diplomats, and judges involved with the Inter-American Human Rights System. Convened in private, these closed-door meetings provided an opportunity for frank, honest discussion around challenges facing the System, and began an on-going conversation about its structural needs.


Attending the retreat were figures intimately familiar with the Inter-American Human Rights System - a gathering of exceptional richness and depth.

Attendees included (left to right):

  • Bernard Duhaime, Professor, UQAM (Canada)
  • Viviana Krsticevic, Executive Director of CEJIL
  • Sebastián López Escarcena, Professor of Law, Catholic University of Chile
  • Ariel Dulitsky, Clinical Professor, School of Law University of Texas
  • Laurence Burgorgue-Larsen, Professor of Public Law, l’Ecole de Droit de la Sorbonne
  • Evelyn Aswad, Professor of Law, University of Oklahoma
  • Stephen Vasciannie, Professor of International Law, University of the West Indies, Jamaica
  • Charles Moyer, Inter-American Institute of Human Rights
  • Katya Salazar, Executive Director, Due Process of Law Foundation
  • Dinah Shelton, Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School
  • Doug Cassel, Notre Dame Law School
  • Helen Mack, Myrna Mack Foundation
  • Sergio García Ramírez, Professor, Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas de la UNAM
  • André de Carvalho Ramos, Professor of Law, University of São Paulo Law School
  • Pedro Nikken, Emeritus Professor of Civil and International Law at the Universidad Central de Venezuela
  • Paolo Carozza, Notre Dame Law School
  • Margarette May Macaulay, Attorney-at-Law, Jamaica
  • Juan Méndez, Visiting Professor of Law at the American University – Washington College of Law
  • Joel Hernández García, Ambassador and President of the Mexican Foreign Service Commission


Public Forum



CCHR invited four scholars to author papers to guide the retreat's discussion on seminal challenges. Those papers have now been published in the Notre Dame Journal of International and Comparative Law, Volume 5, Issue 1 (2015).

Laurence Burgorgue-Larsen

Between Idealism and Realism: A Few Comparative Reflections and Proposals on the Appointment Process of the Inter-American Commission and Court of Human Rights Members


Dinah Shelton

The Rules and the Reality of Petition Procedures in the Inter-American Human Rights System


Sergio García Ramírez

The Relationship between Inter-American Jurisdiction and States (National Systems): Some Pertinent Questions  (versión española)


Paolo Carozza

The Anglo-Latin Divide and the Future of the Inter-American System of Human Rights