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GEDI-UFMG wins the Oral Rounds of the National Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition

by Diego Valadares Vasconcelos Neto Për herë të fundit modifikuar 2009-04-28 03:06

The students Guilherme Vinseiro Martins, Rafael Dilly Patrus (oralists), Larissa Campos O. Soares (coach), Adriana Vasconcelos de Paula e Silva and Cynthia Aguilar Paulino (researchers), members of the International Law Society of the Law School of the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (GEDI) won the Oral Round of the 2009 National Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition, which took place from April 6th to April 8th at the University PUC-Rio, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The event is an idea of the Brazilian Political Institution Responsible for Human Rights Affairs and the Presidency, SEDH-PR (Secretaria Especial de Direitos Humanos e Presidência da República). It aims to advance and promote the study of the Inter-American Human Rights System by Brazilian students and, mainly, to prepare Law students to access this system as a legitimate form of demanding reparation for violations of human rights.

The competition demands the discussion of the merits of a hypothetical case that works as the basis of the competition and consists of vexed issues in the Inter-American System. The competition structure is similar to the one adopted by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights: the students will discuss the case using a written memorial and with oral arguments before specialists in human rights, that will act as judges.

The current case is called Rosalie Fournier and Bruno Tamba against Tynalandia and it is about the situation of illegal immigrants, involving themes like legality, Ex Post Facto laws, detention guarantees, sovereignty, deportation with prohibition of return and familiar separation.

After the victory, the UFMG team will be going to the international round, which will take place at the American University, in Washington DC, from May 17th to May 22nd. In 2009, the event will receive approximately 100 teams from all around America.