Process for Strengthening the IACHR

Schedule of Forums on the Strengthening of the Inter-American system of Human Rights

As part of its process of strengthening through the reform of its standards, policies and practices, between August and September 2012 the IACHR is promoting a series of Forums and academic events together with key actors of the Inter-American system of protection of human rights. These events are intended to deepen on the reform agenda and its main themes.

The forums are the occasion to convene experts, representatives of Member States and organizations of civil society, in order to dialgoue on the items on the reform agenda. The Forum of Bogota, installed by the President of the Republic of Colombia, Dr. Juan Manuel Santos Calderón, was the first of this series and it was held on August 22 and 23, 2012.

The IACHR announces the following forums to discuss the strengthening of the Inter-American system of protection of human rights:

September 7, 2012
09:00 to 13:30
Forum of Santiago de Chile
Law School Auditorium
Diego Portales University
República 105, Santiago Centro
Free Entrance, inscription required through [email protected] 
September 11, 2012
10:00 to 12:00
Forum of San Jose, Costa Rica
Abelardo Bonilla Auditorium, Law School
University of Costa Rica, San Pedro de Montes de Oca
Limited capacity; first come-first served  
September 14, 2012
15:00 to 18:00
Forum of Mexico DF
Sala Morelos at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Plaza Juárez 20, 1st floor; Col. Centro. Del. Cuauhtémoc, México DF
Limited capacity; first come-first served 
September 21, 2012
09:00 to 13:00
Forum of Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
The Institute of International Relations
The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine
Limited capacity; first come-first served  
October 30, 2012
Time to be announced
Hearings on Strengthening; IACHR headquarters, Washington DC
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
1889 F Street NW, Washington DC 20009
Limited capacity; first come-first served 

It is possible that other Forums will be organized during October. In this case, they will be announced through this Webpage.

Speakers, hour and location of the forums will be available through this website. The forums will be open to the participation of any interested person. It is possible that the places that celebrate the forums have limited capacity. Forums will also be Webcast.

For further information, you may contact María Isabel Rivero, IACHR Press Director, [email protected]


Institute of International Relations, University of the West Indies St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago

Forum of Port of Spain "Seminar on Strengthening the Inter American Human Rights System"








Institute of International Relations
University of the West Indies St. Augustine
Trinidad & Tobago
Friday, September 21, 2012


9:00 - 9:30 am   Registration of participants

9:30 - 10:00 am Welcome -  Dr. Anthony Gonzales, Director, IIR
                        Greetings - Tracy Robinson, Commissioner, IACHR
                        Opening remarks - Hon. Anand Ramlogan, SC,
                        Attorney General of Trinidad & Tobago

10:00 - 10:45 am The Inter American Human Rights System and the
                        Presentation: The IAHRS, Its Relevance and Challenges for the Caribbean
                        Professor Rose-Marie Belle Antoine, Commissioner, IACHR

                        Question and Answer
                        Moderator: Dr Michelle Scobie, Lecturer, IIR

10:45 - 11:00 am Break

11:00 - 12:45 pm Strengthening the Inter American Human Rights System: Implications for the
                        Presentation: The Reform Process and the Key Issues
                        Commissioner Dinah Shelton

  • The Petition System and Precautionary Measures
  • Monitoring and promoting human rights
  • Universalisation


  • Commissioner
  • Dr Hans Geiser Senior Fellow, IIR
  • Dr. Arif Bulkan, Lecturer, Faculty of Law, UWI, St. Augustine
  • Colin Robinson, Coalition Advocating for the Inclusion of Sexual Orientation (CAISO)
  • Douglas Mendes SC, Attorney-at-law
  • Judge Margarette May Macaulay, Inter American Court of Human Rights

                        Moderator: Sir Dennis Byron, President, Caribbean Court of Justice

12:45 - 1:00 pm Final Observations - Commissioner Tracy Robinson