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Academy onHumanRightsand Humanitarian LawA LEGAL APPROACH TO HUMAN RIGHTSSPECIALIZED SUMMER PROGRAM MAY 26 – JUNE 13, 2008Three intensive weeks in Washington, D.C.


ADVISORY BOARDCLAUDIO GROSSMAN, Advisory Board Chair and Dean, American University Washington College of LawROBERT K. GOLDMAN, Advisory Board Vice-Chair and Professor of Law, American University Washington College of LawVÍCTOR ABRAMOVICH, Member, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Organization of American States (OAS)GUDMUNDUR ALFREDSSON, Professor, Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights, Lund University, SwedenPHILIP ALSTON, Professor of Law, New York University School of Law, New YorkELIZABETH ANDERSEN, Executive Director, The American Society of International Law (ASIL), Washington, D.C.M. CHERIF BASSIOUNI, President, International Human Rights Law Institute, DePaul University, ChicagoTHOMAS BUERGENTHAL, Judge, International Court of Justice, NetherlandsANTÔNIO CANÇADO TRINDADE, Former President and Judge, Inter-American Court on Human RightsREBECCA COOK, Co-Director, International Programme on Reproductive and Sexual Health Law, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, CanadaASBJØRN EIDE, Norwegian Institute of Human Rights, University of Oslo, NorwayJAMES GOLDSTON, Executive Director, Open Society Justice Initiative, New YorkFELIPE GONZÁLEZ, Member, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Organization of American States (OAS)CHRISTOF HEYNS, Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, South AfricaSARAH JOSEPH, Director, Human Rights Center, Monash University, AustraliaFERNANDO MARIÑO, Director, Institute of International and European Studies, Professor of International Public Law, SpainELISA MASSIMINO, Director, Human Rights First, Washington, D.C. OfficeMANFRED NOWAK, Director, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights, AustriaSIR NIGEL RODLEY, Professor of Law, Human Rights Centre, University of Essex, EnglandLEILA SADAT, Professor of Law, Washington University in St. Louis, St. LouisSUSANA VILLARÁN, Ex-Rapporteur on the Rights of Women, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Organization of American States (OAS)LEO ZWAAK, Senior Researcher, Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM), NetherlandsIn loving memory of ourfriend and faculty member,Brian Tittemore.


TABLE OF CONTENTS2 MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN3 MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTORS5 INTRODUCTION6 HUMAN RIGHTS MONTH8 HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD10 COURSES AND FACULTY13 REQUIREMENTS & STATUS14 ABA/ACADEMIC CREDIT STUDENTS15 DIPLOMA/CERTIFICATE STUDENTS16 SERVICES OFFERED17 VISA REQUIREMENTS / HOUSING18 OTHER ACADEMY PROGRAMS19 APPLICATION FORMS


MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN...these courses are taught by the leadingacademics, lawyers, practitioners, andadvocates in the field.IN THE FIELD OF HUMAN RIGHTS, there is a need for specialized legal training andpractical applications of human rights law. The Specialized Summer Program of the Academyon Human Rights and Humanitarian Law fills this void by offering a broad spectrum ofcourses in human rights law that blend both theory and practical experience. Moreover, thesecourses are taught by the leading academics, lawyers, practitioners, and advocates in the field.The Specialized Summer Program is sponsored by American University Washington College ofLaw (WCL), and the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights (SIM) at Utrecht University, whichare recognized human rights institutions.The program takes full advantage of WCL’s location in Washington, D.C. Participants have unrivaledopportunities to meet policy makers, visit influential international organizations and attend amultitude of international events. International institutions located in Washington, D.C. includethe Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) within the Organization of AmericanStates, Human Rights First, Amnesty International, the American Civil Liberties Union, the WorldBank and the International Monetary Fund.We would be delighted to welcome you into the WCL community and look forward to yourparticipation in this unique program.Sincerely,CLAUDIO GROSSMANDean, American University Washington College of Law2 | www.wcl.american.edu/hracademy


MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTORSThe program offersprofessionals with limitedtime the chance todevelop their skills andpractical experience.WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE the tenth anniversary of the Specialized SummerProgram of the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. The purpose of theprogram is to provide human rights scholars and activists the opportunity to acquire specializedlegal knowledge, address current challenges in human rights law, and to network with other expertsin the field. The intense format of the program offers professionals with limited time such as judicialagents, professors, civil servants and other professionals the chance to develop their skills and practicalexperience. Through this format, the Academy is able to bring together a preeminent group of worldrenownedacademics and practitioners creating a unique educational experience.The Specialized Summer Program is the only program in the world that offers intensive courses in bothEnglish and Spanish taught by leading scholars and activists in the human rights field. The program isopen to a diverse range of participants, including law students seeking credit, practicing attorneys interestedin human rights issues, and other non-legal experts who wish to expand their understanding of the complexitiesof human rights law. Whether they are current practitioners or future human rights advocates,participants have the unparalleled opportunity to network with peers from across the globe and furtherthe application of international human rights norms at the beginning of the 21st century.We hope to welcome you as a participant in our 2008 Specialized Summer Program.Sincerely,CLAUDIA MARTINCo-DirectorDIEGO RODRÍGUEZ-PINZÓNCo-Directorwww.wcl.american.edu/hracademy | 3


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INTRODUCTIONROBERT K. GOLDMAN, VICE-CHAIR OFTHE ADVISORY BOARDThe 2008 Specialized Summer Program will offer 17 courses, ten in Englishand seven in Spanish, which will be taught by 33 prominent scholars. Eachcourse is tailored to meet the needs of professionals, practitioners and studentsspecializing in human rights. Courses can be taken for academic creditapproved by the American Bar Association, for a Certificate of Attendance orfor a Diploma.In addition to the courses and the Human Rights Month events, the Academywill host special activities for its participants. These include social gatheringssuch as a welcome and closing reception, a tour of the national monumentsand a dinner cruise along the Potomac River, as well as site visits to localorganizations such as the The World Bank Independent Inspection Panel andthe Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.In 2007, the program hosted over 170 participants from 30 countries, each witha varied background and differing levels of experience. Some were representativesof international organizations, government agencies, and nongovernmentalorganizations, while others were policy makers, academics, and law studentsfrom the US and abroad. Participants interacted with people from differentcountries and networked with fellow human rights advocates from aroundthe world.Overall, the program provides a venue for total immersion into the realm ofhuman rights and humanitarian law. As participants leave the SpecializedSummer Program, they will have gained a better understanding of contemporaryhuman rights issues facing the world and an invaluable network of contacts.ABOUT WCLThe Washington College of Law wasfounded in 1896 by Ellen SpencerMussey and Emma M.Gillett, whoestablished a coeducational school toensure that women as well as men weregiven the opportunity to study law.WCL has become one of the leadinglaw schools in the US in the area ofinternational law. It is a member of theAssociation of American Law Schoolsand is approved by the American BarAssociation. In addition, the law schoolmeets the requirements for preparationfor the bar in all states and carriesthe certification of the United StatesDistrict Court for the District ofColumbia, as well as the New YorkState Department of Education.www.wcl.american.edu/hracademy | 5


HUMAN RIGHTS MONTHHuman Rights Month features conferences, workshops, a film festival, and a discussion of recent publications in thehuman rights field. It provides a forum for education on and discussion of human rights theory. Participants have theopportunity to share first hand experiences, as well as network with fellow practitioners, scholars, and activists in the field.The events are free and open to the public. The presentations for the 2007 panels can be viewed online at:www.wcl.american.edu/humright/hracademy/webcast.cfmTHE PANELS FOR 2007 WERE:HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE “WAR ON TERROR”:CURRENT DEBATES AT THE LOCAL ANDINTERNATIONAL LEVELSElisa Massimino, Director, Human Rights First, DC OfficeManfred Nowak, UN Special Rapporteur on TortureMartin Scheinin, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rightsand Counter TerrorismModerator: Robert K. Goldman, Professor of Law,American University Washington College of LawTHE FUTURE OF THE INTER-AMERICAN SYSTEMSantiago Cantón, Executive Secretary, Inter-AmericanCommission on Human RightsPablo Saavedra, Executive Secretary, Inter-American Courtof Human RightsModerator: Claudio Grossman, Dean, American UniversityWashington College of LawUSING INTERNATIONAL LAW TO BETTER SERVE THEPUBLIC INTERESTS OF OUR COMMUNITIESCo-sponsored by the International Legal Studies ProgramTHE CURRENT STATUS OF THE PROSECUTOR’SOFFICE BEFORE THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINALCOURTLuis Moreno-Ocampo, Prosecutor, InternationalCriminal CourtComments by Elizabeth Andersen, Executive Director,American Society of International Law (ASIL) andClaudio Grossman, Dean, American University WashingtonCollege of LawTHE INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE AND THEIMPACT OF ITSDECISIONS IN THE DEVELOPMENT OFINTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS LAWAntonio Cançado Trindade, Ex-President and Judge,Inter-American Court of Human RightsKatherine Gorove, Legal Advisor’s Office of InternationalClaims, U.S. Department of StateWilliam Schabas, Director, Irish Centre for Human Rights,National University of IrelandModerator: Claudia Martin, Co-Director, WCL Academyon Human Rights and Humanitarian Law6 | www.wcl.american.edu/hracademy


REPARATIONS IN INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTSLAW: PROGRESS AND CHALLENGES AHEADVíctor Abramovich, Member, Inter-American Commissionon Human Rights (OAS)Lisa J. Laplante, 2007 Human Rights Award Winner in EnglishJuan Pablo Pérez-León Acevedo, 2007 Human RightsAward Winner in SpanishLeo Zwaak, Senior Researcher, Netherlands Human RightsInstitute (SIM), Utrecht UniversityModerator: Diego Rodríguez-Pinzón, Co-Director, WCLAcademy on Human Rights and Humanitarian LawSTRATEGIC LITIGATION IN THE INTER-AMERICANSYSTEM: THE LAW SCHOOL APPROACHNicolás Espejo, Co-Director, Center for Public Interest Actionsand Human Rights, Diego Portales University, ChileFelipe González, Co-Director, Center for Public Interest Actionsand Human Rights, Diego Portales University, ChileClaudio Grossman, Dean, American University WashingtonCollege of LawRodrigo Uprimny, Director, Research Center for Law, Justiceand Society (DeJuSticia), ColombiaModerator: Agustina del Campo, Coordinator, LitigationProject, American University Washington College of LawPLAN COLOMBIA AND HUMAN RIGHTS:SEVEN YEARS LATERCarlos Franco, Director, Presidential Program on HumanRights, Office of the Vice President of ColombiaMichael Shifter, Vice President of Policy, Inter-American DialogueHeather Hanson, Executive Director, U.S. Office on ColombiaModerator: Robert K. Goldman, Professor of Law,American University Washington College of LawCURRENT PUBLICATIONS ON HUMAN RIGHTSAttendees had the opportunity to meet with Academyfaculty as they discussed their most recent publications.THE 2007 HUMAN RIGHTS FILMSFESTIVAL FEATURED:Black Gold followed by a discussion led byPatrick van Weerelt, United NationsDevelopment Program, (UNDP)Maquilopolis, by Vicky FunariOn the Edge: The Femicide in Ciudad Juarezfollowed by a discussion led by Elizabeth Abi-Mershed, Organization of American States (OAS)Rosita, followed by a discussion led by NorwinSolano, Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights(CENIDH)Why We Fight, by Eugene Jareckiwww.wcl.american.edu/hracademy | 7


HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD2007 AWARD WINNERS: LISA LAPLANTE ANDJUAN PABLO PÉREZ-LEÓN ACEVEDOABOUT THE AWARDThe Human Rights Award is an annual competition thatseeks to stimulate the production of scholarly work ininternational human rights law. Participants have the flexibilityto choose any subject related to the assigned topic.The topic for 2008 is “International Human Rights Lawand the Protection of the Environment.”The Jury deciding the Award will be comprised of professionalswith a recognized expertise in internationalhuman rights law. The best articles may be published inthe American University International Law Review.The Academy will grant two Awards, one for the bestarticle in English and one for the best article in Spanish.The Award in each case will consist of a scholarship tothe 2008 Specialized Summer Program*, travel expensesto Washington, D.C., housing at the university dorms,and a per diem for living expenses.ELIGIBILITY AND REQUIREMENTS• Hold a law degree and have demonstrated experience orinterest in international human rights law.• Submit an unpublished legal article/paper written inEnglish or Spanish, solely by the participant.• Articles must not exceed 35 pages in length, includingfootnotes, and must be double spaced, using 12-pointTimes New Roman font.• Articles can only be submitted via email tohracademy@wcl.american.edu in Microsoft Word format.• The deadline to submit articles is February 1, 2008, at5:00 p.m. EST.• Winners will be announced on April 1, 2008 through ourwebsite.• Please visit our webpage for a comprehensive list of rules:www.wcl.american.edu/hracademy/2008/hraward.cfmHONOR JURY, ENGLISHP.N. Bhagwati, Chair, United Nations Human RightsCommitteeEllen Hey, Chair of Public International Law, School ofLaw, Erasmus Universiteit RotterdamPeter Lallas, Executive Secretary, World Bank Inspection PanelDavid Hunter, Assistant Professor of Law, AmericanUniversity Washington College of LawFelix Morka, Executive Director, Social and EconomicRights Action Center (SERAC)Diego Rodríguez-Pinzón, Co-Director, WCL Academyon Human Rights and Humanitarian LawPatrick van Weerelt, Human Rights Adviser, UnitedNations Development Program (UNDP)*Scholarship is not applicable to enroll for ABA Credit. All expenses are subjectto limitations.8 | www.wcl.american.edu/hracademy


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COURSES & FACULTY – ENGLISHPATRICK VAN WEERELT SCOTT LECKIEMANFRED NOWAKECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL RIGHTS (2 credits)Asbjørn Eide, Professor Emeritus, Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, University of Oslo,NorwayScott Leckie, Executive Director, Center on Housing Rights and Evictions, Geneva,SwitzerlandEUROPEAN HUMAN RIGHTS LAW (2 credits)Leo Zwaak, Senior Researcher, Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM), UtrechtUniversity, The NetherlandsINTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN LAW (2 credits)Robert K. Goldman, Professor of Law, American University Washington College of LawINTERNATIONAL JUSTICE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS (2 credits)Elizabeth Andersen, Executive Director, The American Society of International Law(ASIL), Washington, D.C.Douglass Cassel, Director, Center for Civil and Human Rights, University of Notre Dame,IndianaHUMAN RIGHTS AND DEVELOPMENT (2 credits)Patrick van Weerelt, Human Rights Adviser, Democratic Governance Group, Bureau forDevelopment Policy, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), New YorkACADEMY FACULTY AT THE AWARDS CEREMONY OF THE 2007 SUMMER PROGRAM.ELIZABETH ABI-MERSHEDMARTIN SCHEININ10 | www.wcl.american.edu/hracademy


REGIONAL APPROACHES TO HUMAN RIGHTS LAW: AFRICA, AMERICA, AND ASIA(2 credits)Antonio Cançado Trindade, Ex-President and Judge, Inter-American Court of Human RightsChristof Heyns, Dean and Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, South AfricaVitit Muntarbhorn, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the DemocraticPeople’s Republic of KoreaELECTION OBSERVATION AND THE RIGHT TO POLITICAL PARTICIPATION (1 credit)Larry Garber, Executive Director, New Israel Fund, Washington, D.C.TERRORISM AND HUMAN RIGHTS (2 credits)Jordan Paust, Professor of Law, University of Houston Law Center, TexasMartin Scheinin, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Counter TerrorismUNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS SYSTEM (2 credits)Gudmundur Alfredsson, Expert Member, United Nations Sub-Commission on Promotionand Protection of Human RightsManfred Nowak, United Nations Special Rapporteur on TortureWOMEN AND INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS LAW (2 credits)Elizabeth Abi-Mershed, Principal Specialist, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights,Organization of American States, Washington, D.C.Rebecca Cook, Co-Director, International Programme on Reproductive and Sexual HealthLaw, University of Toronto, CanadaREBECCA COOK GUDMUNDUR ALFREDSSONROBERT K. GOLDMANANTONIO CANÇADO TRINDADEwww.wcl.american.edu/hracademy | 11LEO ZWAAK


COURSES & FACULTY – SPANISHFELIPE GONZÁLEZVIVIANA KRSTICEVIC RODRIGO UPRIMNY VÍCTOR ABRAMOVICH LUISA CABAL FEDERICO ANDREU GUZMÁNDERECHO INTERNACIONAL HUMANITARIO, (1 credit)Alejandro Valencia Villa, Advisor, Office of the United Nations HighCommissioner for Human Rights, ColombiaIMPLEMENTACIÓN DE LOS DERECHOS HUMANOS EN EL DERECHO INTERNO,(2 credits)Victor Abramovich, Member, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (OAS)Felipe González, Member, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (OAS)Rodrigo Uprimny, Director, Research Center for Law, Justice and Society(DeJuSticia), ColombiaIMPUNIDAD Y JUSTICIA INTERNACIONAL, (2 credits)Juan Méndez, President, International Center for Transitional Justice, New YorkFabricio Guariglia, Senior Appeals Counsel, Office of the Prosecutor, InternationalCriminal Court, The HagueFederico Andreu Guzmán, Deputy Secretary-General (Legal), InternationalCommission of Jurists, Geneva, SwitzerlandXabier Aguirre, Senior Analyst, Office of the Prosecutor, International CriminalCourt, The HagueLITIGIO Y ACTIVISMO EN DERECHOS HUMANOS, (2 credits)Carlos Ayala, Former President, Inter-American Commission on Human RightsErnesto de la Jara, Founder, Legal Defense Institute, PeruViviana Krsticevic, Executive Director, Center for Justice and International Law(CEJIL), Washington, D.C.MUJERES Y EL DERECHO INTERNACIONAL DE LOS DERECHOS HUMANOS,(1 credit)Luisa Cabal, International Director, Center for Reproductive Rights, New YorkSISTEMA INTERAMERICANO DE DERECHOS HUMANOS, (2 credits)Santiago Cantón, Executive Secretary, Inter-American Commission on Human RightsClaudio Grossman, Dean, American University Washington College of LawClaudia Martin and Diego Rodríguez-Pinzón, Co-Directors, Academy onHuman Rights and Humanitarian Law, American University WashingtonCollege of LawSISTEMA DE DERECHOS HUMANOS DE LAS NACIONES UNIDAS, (2 credits)Santiago Corcuera, United Nations Rapporteur and Chair, Working Group onEnforced or Involuntary DisappearancesFernando Mariño Menéndez, Professor, Public International Law, UniversidadCarlos III Madrid, SpainFor an updated faculty list, please visit our Web site.12 | www.wcl.american.edu/hracademy


REQUIREMENTS & STATUSADMISSION REQUIREMENTSIn order to apply, candidates must meet one of thefollowing criteria:• Hold a law degree either from a U.S. law school accreditedby the American Bar Association or from a foreign lawschool with equivalent standards;• Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institutionin a field related to international affairs, government,political science, journalism, or any other field related tohuman rights;• Be enrolled in a law degree program at a U.S. lawschool accredited by the American Bar Association or at aforeign law school with equivalent standards and havecompleted the first year.IMPORTANT DATESApplication Deadline May 4Course Fees Due May 19Orientation May 26Classes Begin May 27Classes End June 13Exam Period June 13-27ENROLLMENT STATUSParticipants may enroll under three categories: ABA Credit,a Diploma or a Certificate of Attendance.ABA CREDIT:• Current law students enrolled in universities in theUnited States can register in any of the courses andreceive academic credits recognized by the AmericanBar Association.• Students planning to apply to or already admitted tothe LL.M. in the International Legal Studies Program atWCL have the option of transferring up to 4 creditstowards their degree. Please contact the ILSP office fordetails at (202) 274-4110.CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE:• Persons interested in the program who are not lawstudents in the United States can take courses for aCertificate of Attendance.• Special arrangements can be made for internationalstudents interested in taking these courses for academiccredit in their home countries.DIPLOMA• This option is only available to individuals with alaw degree.www.wcl.american.edu/hracademy | 13


ABA/ACADEMIC CREDIT STUDENTSABA/ACADEMIC CREDIT STUDENTSAPPLICATION PROCESS: Submit the followingdocuments to the Registrar’s Office:• Academic Credit Application Form• Application Fee of $65• A letter of good standing and permission from youruniversity to enroll at American UniversityWashington College of Law.Also email or fax a copy of your application tohracademy@wcl.american.edu or 202-274-4198.EXAMS: Exam period will go from June 13–June 27.All exams must be completed by 5:00 pm EST onJune 27.2008 TUITION AND FEES FOR ACADEMIC CREDIT:Application Fee $ 65*Tuition per credit $1,350**Student Activity Fee $ 30For information on policies regarding course withdrawal,reimbursement policies and exams, please contact theRegistrar’s Office.SUMMER FINANCIAL AID: Financial aid for summerstudy is limited to educational loans for WCL students.Information regarding various loan options and proceduresis available in the Financial Aid Office and on theirWeb site www.wcl.american.edu/finaid.Visiting law students must apply for assistance throughtheir home institution, provided their school is willingand eligible to enter into a consortium agreement withAmerican University Washington College of Law.Further information and consortium agreements maybe obtained from the WCL Financial Aid Office.PARTICIPATION IN SUMMER PROGRAM ACTIVITIES:ABA/Academic Credit students are encouraged to participatein all the activities sponsored by the Academyduring the Specialized Summer Program and HumanRights Month. In addition, a Certificate of Attendancecan be issued upon request.* Non-Refundable. Not applicable to American Universitystudents.**Tuition does not include reading materials. Students maytake up to seven credit hours.14 | www.wcl.american.edu/hracademy


DIPLOMA/CERTIFICATE STUDENTSDIPLOMA AND CERTIFICATE STUDENTSAPPLICATION PROCESS: Submit all the materials listedbelow. Please note that only complete application packetswill be reviewed.• Online Application Form:www.wcl.american.edu/hracademy• Resumé no longer than 3 pages• Statement of interest in the program• Application Fee of $65*COURSE FEESDIPLOMA: The cost for the Diploma is $3,500. Readingmaterials are included in this fee. Participants must hold alaw degree and must complete a minimum of 64 hoursof class. This minimum can be achieved by registering fortwo 14-day courses and one 7-day course or other coursecombinations. Participants can enroll in a fourth course,if they wish to, at no additional cost.CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCEOne course $1,177Two courses $1,910Three courses $2,470Four courses $2,920* Non Refundable. Not applicable to American Universitystudents. Course fees include mandatory reading materials.REGISTRATION: Students may register for up to fourcourses. However, given the intensity of the workload, it ishighly advisable that they take no more than three courses.REIMBURSEMENT: Students can receive a full refund if theywithdraw from courses within the specified time frame: bythe second class for 14-day courses and by the first class forcourses that meet for fewer than 14 days. CertificateStudents must return all reading materials.EXAMS: Exams are only mandatory for Diploma seekers,participants transferring credits to their universities in theirhome countries or participants whose sponsors require them.The exam period will take place from June 13–June 27.Diploma and Certificate students will retrieve and submitexams electronically. All exams must be completed by5:00 pm EST on June 27.ATTENDANCE POLICY: All participants are expected toattend 90% of all course sessions in order to receive theappropriate Diploma or Certificate.www.wcl.american.edu/hracademy | 15


STUDENT SERVICESPENCE LAW LIBRARYParticipants have access to the Pence Law Library, which isone of the most accessible and innovative academiclibraries in the United States. It offers an in-housecollection of over a half million volumes, plus accessto a vast amount of information in digital format.The library contains the European Union and U.S.Government Depository collections, the Richard J.Baxter Collection in International Law, the GoodmanCollection of Rare and Semi-Rare Law Books and thearchives of the Administrative Conference of theUnited States. In addition, participants have access touse Westlaw, Lexis and other online legal databases.COMPUTER FACILITIESParticipants may use the computer lab in the PenceLaw Library. Additionally, students may also registertheir personal computers in order to gain access to theWCL wireless network.PARKINGAll students must park in the underground parking garagenext to the law school. A permit is required and can bepurchased through the Facilities Management Office.CURRENCYMost banks will not cash foreign checks. Therefore, werecommend that students bring their ATM/Debit cardsin order to withdraw money.TRANSPORTATIONThe closest Metro (subway) stop to WCL isTenleytown-AU on the Red Line. American Universityprovides a free shuttle service from the metrostop to the campus. Shuttle bus information can beaccessed by calling 202.885.3111 or online atwww.american.edu/finance/ts/shuttle.html.Specific route information and timetables for themetro and buses are available from the WashingtonMetropolitan Area Transit Authority online atwww.wmata.com.AMERICAN UNIVERSITY FACILITIESParticipants staying in the AU residence halls haveaccess to American University facilities such asthe library and the fitness center. WashingtonCollege of Law facilities are available for use byall program participants. More informationregarding university policies can be found atwww.american.edu/handbook/policies_guidelines.htm.RECEIVING MAIL AND FAXESDuring the program, personal mail or faxes can besent to our offices. Please make sure that mail is clearlylabeled with your name to ensure delivery.16 | www.wcl.american.edu/hracademy


VISA REQUIREMENTS / HOUSINGVISAS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTSParticipants are responsible for processing any requiredvisas to attend the Specialized Summer Program. Visaissuance may take up to 6 months, and all visitors arerequired to interview with an immigration officer. Westrongly recommend that participants contact the U.S.Consulate in their home countries as early as possiblein order to allow ample time to comply with all theprocedures.Participants are eligible for a B-1 visa. The SpecializedSummer Program is not an exchange program and doesnot lead to an academic degree, so participants shouldnot apply for an F-1 visa.Participants should consult their local AmericanConsulate directly to find out the details regarding theapplication process and the necessary documentation.In most cases participants will need to present thefollowing documents at the American Embassy orConsulate in their home country:• Valid passport• Financial statements displaying ability to cover expenses• Official letter of invitation• Application Form provided by the U.S. Embassy orConsulate and the proper application fee• Proof of intent to return, such as statements regardingfamily ties, property or a job in the home country.HEALTH INSURANCEThe Academy does not provide any health insuranceto visiting students. It is strongly recommendedthat visiting students obtain health insurance prior todeparture from their home countries.HOUSINGThe Academy does not provide housing forparticipants nor does it endorse a particular option.However, we have a special arrangement withAU Housing in which participants can stay atthe residence halls for a reduced rate. Residence hallsare very basic accommodations including only beds,desks and dressers. These accommodations usuallyinclude single or shared rooms and shared bathrooms.For additional information, including rates, contractinformation and other services, please visit:www.wcl.american.edu/hracademy/2008/housing.cfm.There are a number of resources and alternatives forparticipants to find housing. Make sure you understandall policies and costs related to your stay before makinga reservation.www.wcl.american.edu/hracademy | 17


OTHER ACADEMY PROGRAMSTHE INTER-AMERICAN HUMAN RIGHTS MOOT COURT COMPETITIONwill take place from May 18 – 23, 2008. It is the only trilingual—English, Portuguese and Spanish—competition established to train lawstudents how to use the Inter-American human rights legal system as alegitimate forum for redressing human rights violations. The Competitionhas trained over 1000 students and faculty participants from more than100 universities in 20 countries. For more information, please visit:www.wcl.american.edu/hracademy/mcourt.HUMAN RIGHTS MONTH will be held from May 18 – June 13, 2008.This annual event features conferences, workshops, a film festival, and adiscussion of recent publications in the human rights field. ThroughHuman Rights Month, the Academy provides a forum for the educationon and discussion of human rights theory. Participants have the opportunityto share first hand experiences, as well as network with fellow practitioners,scholars, and activists in the field. All panels are open to the public.For more information, please visit:www.wcl.american.edu/humright/hracademy/activities.cfm.HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD is an annual writing competition thatencourages lawyers to produce scholarly work in InternationalHuman Rights Law. The Academy grants two awards for the bestarticles in English and in Spanish. Winners receive a scholarship toattend the Specialized Summer Program and their articles are eligibleto be published in the American University International Law Review.The topic for 2008 is “International Human Rights Law and theProtection of the Environment.” For more information, please visit:www.wcl.american.edu/humright/hracademy/2008/hraward.cfm.ANNUAL MEETING ON HUMAN RIGHTS enables the Academy to continueits commitment to provide a venue where different sectors can openlydiscuss core issues concerning the development, sustainability, andeffectiveness of the Inter-American Human Rights System, as well as currentissues regarding human rights in the Americas.HUMAN RIGHTS LEGAL EDUCATION PROJECTcoordinates and develops cooperation agreements with academic institutionsin Latin America and Europe to support local capacity development inthe area of International Human Rights Law at universities.18 | www.wcl.american.edu/hracademy


✁DIPLOMA OR CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCEAPPLICATION FORMDeadline: May 4, 2008Instructions:• Fill out application form (typed or with legible handwriting).• Send $65 non-refundable application fee.Checks should be made out to American University.• Send a copy of your résumé and a statement of interest in the program.Academy onHumanRightsand Humanitarian LawA LEGAL APPROACH TO HUMAN RIGHTSI wish to enroll in the program for the:❑ Diploma* ❑ Certificate of Attendance*Only available for people that hold a law degree. You are required to enroll in a minimum of 64 course hours and exams are mandatory.First Name:Last Name:Date of Birth: Nationality: ❑ Male ❑ FemaleLanguages Spoken: ❑ English ❑ Spanish ❑ Other:Visa: ❑ I need to process a visa ❑ I hold a B1/B2 visa ❑ I do not require a visaDo you have a laptop computer and are you planning to bring it? ❑ Yes ❑ NoHighest Level of Education:Mailing AddressStreet:City: State: Zip: Country:Telephone:Email address:I wish to enroll in these courses:Name of Course:Name of Course:Name of Course:Name of Course:How did you find out about the Specialized Summer Program?❑ Internet Search:_________________________________________________❑ Brochure mailing: _______________________________________________❑ Poster located in: _______________________________________________❑ Listserv Email: ___________________________________________________❑ Ad in a Magazine: ________________________________________________❑ Word of Mouth❑ Please send me information on the LL.M. degree in International Legal Studies.I hereby apply for admission to American University Washington College of Law as a visiting student. I certify that all the information given here iscomplete and accurate and given for the purpose of having the law school take action in reliance thereon.SignatureDateSend to:AMERICAN UNIVERSITY WASHINGTON COLLEGE OF LAWAcademy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law4801 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.Washington, DC 20016-8195Tel: 202.274.4070Fax: 202.274.4198Apply Online: www.wcl.american.edu/hracademy/2008/app.cfm


APPLICATION FORMABA ACADEMIC CREDITRegistration ends May 4, 2008Specialized Summer ProgramAcademy onHumanRightsand Humanitarian LawA LEGAL APPROACH TO HUMAN RIGHTSInstructions:• Complete the entire application form (please type or write legibly).• Enclose application fee of US $65. Make checks payable to American University.• Submit letter of good standing and permission to enroll at American University Washington College of Law from your current law school.Last NameFirst NameMiddle NameName on academic/official records if different from aboveSocial Security Number, if availableBirth Date ❑ Male ❑ FemalePresent address valid until ____/____/____AddressCity State Zip CountryTelephone Email address FaxPermanent addressAddressCity State Zip CountryTelephone Email address FaxCourse(s) for which you wish to registerTitleTitleTitleTitlePresent law school:Are you eligible to continue without condition or probationary status? ❑ Yes ❑ No(If no, please attach a written explanation to this application form)❑Please check here if you would like your credits to apply toward an LLM degree in International Legal StudiesPlease answer the following questions. (If the answer to either question is yes, attach a written explanation to this application form.)Have you ever been placed on academic or conduct probation, dismissed, or subjectedto any disciplinary action at college(s), graduate, or professional school? ❑ Yes ❑ NoHave you ever been charged with, or convicted of, any violation of law other than minortraffic violations with a fine of less than $50 per violation? ❑ Yes ❑ NoI hereby apply for admission to American University Washington College of Law as a visiting student. I certify that all the information given here iscomplete and accurate and given for the purpose of having the law school take action in reliance thereon.SignatureDatePlease submit this original form to the Registrar’s Office (see address below) and fax a copy to the Academy (see fax below).Mail to: AMERICAN UNIVERSITY WASHINGTON COLLEGE OF LAW AND Fax to: AMERICAN UNIVERSITY WASHINGTON COLLEGE OF LAWRegistrar’s OfficeAcademy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 304 Fax: 202.274.4198Washington, DC 20016-8181USATel: 202.274.4080✁


Right to ReviseThe statements and provisions in this brochure are not to be regarded as an irrevocable contract between an applicant to theAcademy and American University Washington College of Law. American University Washington College of Law reserves theright to make changes as necessary.For information on other summer programs atthe Washington College of Law, please visitwww.wcl.american.edu/summer.


Netherlands Instituteon Human RightsAPPLY ONLINE:www.wcl.american.edu/hracademy/summer.cfmCONTACT USAMERICAN UNIVERSITYW A S H I N G T O N , D CWASHINGTON COLLEGE OF LAWAcademy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NWWashington, DC 20016-8181202.274.4070 Tel 202.274.4198 Faxhracademy@wcl.american.eduAn equal opportunity, affirmative action university.

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