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Just as in torts or tax law, the inclusion of human rights as an academic research specialty would give the field added legitimacy. [...] current law school approaches largely emphasize actions before international tribunals, which in fact are few and far between.\n During the week-long competition, WCL also organizes roundtable discussions on human rights topics and a site visit to the Commission in Washington, DC.
AQ0309_GROSS_LAY08.indd 64 6/23/09 8:20:58 AM The success of the Inter-American system would not have been possible without advances in the preparation and training of law students. Even still, human rights must be better integrated into the culture and curricula of law schools. ver the past 50 years, the Inter-American human rights O system has become instrumental to the evolution of democracy in the region. Gradually expanding the scope of its mandate to include everything from political rights to gender rights and rights of vulnerable groups, the system has not only helped shape domestic policies but has also served as a key tool for legitimizing respect for human rights in the Americas. Its increasing relevance is reﬂected in the ever-grow- ing interest in human rights on the part of law students and the expansion of programs—which in turn have helped the evolution of the system. While these curricular and academic advancements have been crucial, they are insufﬁcient. Ensuring the systematic protection of human rights requires its institutionalization into every aspect of law school curricula. This is also important because of the continuing need to improve democratic institutions and avoid a return to authoritarian regimes. For a region undergoing important changes, the human rights narrative contributes to pro- viding a democratic direction to those changes. BY CLAUDIO GROSSMAN PREPARING HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATES: INSTITUTIONALIZING FROM BELOW ILLUSTRATION BY LUBA LUKOVA SUMMER 2009 Americas Quarterly 65 AQ0309_GROSS_LAY08.indd 65 6/23/09 8:21:00 AM Never before has a complete understanding of impunity, vulnerable groups, and conditions of deten- the complex and evolving ﬁeld of human rights been tion. At the same time, the Court has developed the so important. Currently, the Inter-American system procedural aspects of human rights law (e.g., the receives more than 1,200 petitions per year. This is burden of proof and rights of petitioners before the a dramatic inc
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