The Future of the Inter-American Human Rights System

Date Range: 2013-Present Project Lead: Center for Civil & Human Rights Notre Dame Collaborators: Kellogg Institute for International Studies

The Center for Civil and Human Rights and the Kellogg Institute for International Studies gathered a distinguished panel of human rights lawyers, scholars, diplomats, and judges involved with the Inter-American Human Rights System. In 2013 they convened private, closed-door meetings for frank, honest discussion around challenges facing the System, and began an on-going conversation about its structural needs. Attending the retreat were figures intimately familiar with the Inter-American Human Rights System - a gathering of exceptional richness and depth. As a result of these discussions, a series of discussion papers, focused on a number of the System’s challenges and potential reforms, were generated and subsequently published. A follow-on discussion in Washington, D.C. in 2014 continued the conversation among the panel.