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Fighting Impunity in National Courts: Human Rights & Transitional Justice in Latin America

March 1, 2012
7:00 pmto8:00 pm

Fighting Impunity in National Courts: Human Rights & Transitional Justice in Latin America

Knight Library Browsing Room, University of Oregon

This talk addresses critical issues in the efforts to bring to court human rights violators in Latin America. It discusses two types of national courts litigation: first, when litigation is available in the country where the crime occurred; and second and most commonly, when litigation takes place in third country national courts (also known as universal jurisdiction). An analysis of the Alien Tort Statute in US courts and the impact of these cases in the transitional justice efforts in Latin America will be included, as well as a review of the practice and implementation of Universal Jurisdiction in Spain in relation to Latin America. Using cases from El Salvador and Guatemala, this lecture sheds light on the possibilities and challenges of using legal instruments in transnational efforts to bring justice and reparation to victims of human rights violations. › Continue reading

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