The Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition is a unique trilingual (English, Portuguese, and Spanish) competition established to train law students how to use the Inter-American human rights legal system as a legitimate forum for redressing human rights violations. 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. Recent topics include: freedom of speech, gender discrimination and rape, freedom of the press, torture, labor unions, indigenous rights, and terrorism.
Team size: 3 students
Units: 4 (over two semesters)
Coach: Adjunct Professor Nareneeh Sohbatian
Faculty Supervision: Professor Cesare Romano
Application: Try outs for both the Jessup International moot court and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights are held simultaneously every year early April. Look out for announcements of dates of try outs in March.