Álvaro Paúl: Interpreting the American Convention on Human Rights


Location: 3140 Eck Hall


The Inter-American Court of Human Rights is called to protect human rights in the Americas, requiring interpretation of the American Convention on Human Rights.  When doing so, it interprets the Convention in an expansive fashion, making recourse to evolutive interpretation, to the pro homine principle, and to a creative use of a norm regarding the abuse of rights. CCHR visiting scholar Álvaro Paúl described and assessed the Court's novel approaches to interpreting the American Convention.


Álvaro Paúl is a Professor at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. He obtained his Law J.D. degree atUniversidad de los Andes (Chile, 2003), his Master’s degree (Magister Juris) at University of Oxford (2009), and his PhD at Trinity College Dublin (2013). His PhD thesis dealt with evidence before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Álvaro Paúl was admitted to the Chilean Bar in 2004. He has been a study visitor at the European Court of Human Rights (Strasbourg, 2013), an intern at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (Washington D.C., 2012), and a professional visitor (intern) at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (San José de Costa Rica, 2010). He has previously worked in Chile as: a researcher, a parliamentary assistant, and an attorney. Among other distinctions, Álvaro Paúl has been awarded scholarships from both the British Council and the Chilean Government. His undergraduate’s thesis was honoured with the Fundación Fueyo Laneri award for being one of the four best degree theses of year 2003, and published as a book by Lexis Nexis (hardcopy format). He has also published several articles in both English and Spanish.