Global law firm White & Case LLP supported the Vance Center's conference for its Inter-American Human Rights Pro Bono Representation Project, a two day training event held in Washington, D.C on November 15th and 16th, 2012. The Project aims to facilitate pro bono representation by lawyers in private practice in the United States and Latin America of petitioners before the Inter-American human rights system.
"The intersection of the Latin American human rights system and investment protection system under applicable laws and treaties has been underrecognized by the private and public spheres," commented Jonathan C. Hamilton, Partner and Head of Latin American Arbitration for White & Case. "An interdisciplinary reality has already emerged, affecting critical issues of economic and human development that impact states and citizens."
The conference was attended by more than 70 lawyers representing 42 law firms and other organizations from 14 countries. Partners and associates from White & Case offices in New York City, Mexico City and Washington, DC participated. The conference provided an overview of the Inter-American human rights system and instructed attendees on how to represent petitioners before the IACHR. The Inter-American human rights system includes the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) in Washington, D.C. and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in San José, Costa Rica.
Speakers included leaders in the field from across the Americas. The Secretary General of the Organization of American States José Miguel Insulza addressed the conference. In addition to various officials from the IACHR, speakers included the Colombian Ambassador to the United States Carlos Urrutia, the Peruvian Ambassador to the Organization of American States Walter Albán, and the Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs from the U.S. Department of State José M. Fernandez.
Hamilton and Mexico City Partner Rafael Llano Oddone prepared a presentation discussing precautionary measures in the investment treaty context and the IACHR context. White & Case also hosted a reception honoring human rights in the Americas and featuring comments by the Ambassador of Costa Rica.
The conference was co-hosted by the Vance Center, Fundación Pro Bono Chile, and American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL).
For more information please speak to your local media contact.