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Human Rights in Practice: Torture Victim Protection Act Litigation

Carolina Solano, Researcher at the Colombian Truth Commission and formerly International Litigation Coordinator at the Colombian Commission of Jurists (CCJ), and Claret Vargas, Senior Staff Attorney at the Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA), will discuss litigating civil human rights cases in U.S. federal courts, primarily under the Torture Victim Protection Act, against U.S.-based perpetrators for atrocity crimes perpetrated abroad. Using the example of litigation on behalf of Colombian clients, extradited human rights perpetrators currently in U.S. custody, and post-litigation advocacy on behalf of Chilean clients, this talk will discuss the opportunities and shortcomings of using U.S. courts to advance accountability efforts for grave human rights violations committed abroad. The program will be moderated by Aya Fujimura-Fanselow, Clinical Professor of Law (Teaching) and Supervising Attorney, International Human Rights Clinic.

The event is free and open to all. No registration is required. Join the event by clicking this link. For more details, please visit, https://bit.ly/301eqph or https://bit.ly/DukeLawHumanRights. You may also contact Balfour Smith at bsmith@law.duke.edu for any additional information.

This event is part of the Duke Law Human Rights in Practice series organized by the Center for International and Comparative Law and the International Human Rights Clinic. Co-sponsored by the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute; the Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics; the Human Rights Law Society; the International Law Society; and, the Latin American Law Students Association.


October 26, 2020
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm