D.C., December 4, 2008 — The Inter-American Commission on Human
Rights (IACHR) and the Norman Manley Law School signed today an
institutional cooperation agreement in Kingston, Jamaica.
“This is a
great step forward to strengthen the relationship between the
Commission and the Norman Manley Law School, and through the law
school, with Jamaica and the Caribbean,” said the IACHR’s
Executive Secretary, Santiago A. Canton.
Chairman, Paolo Carozza; Sir Clare K. Roberts, Commissioner and
Rapporteur for Jamaica; and Executive Secretary Santiago A. Canton
made presentations on the inter-American system on human rights
before the signing of the memorandum of understanding at the
Norman Manley Law School.
represents the start of a very promising exchange between the
school and the Commission,” said the schools’ principal, Professor
agreement, the Inter-American Commission and the Norman Manley Law
School will deepen and strengthen their institutional cooperation
ties in order to promote awareness of the inter-American human
rights system in the Caribbean. Law students at that institution
will learn how to use the system for the benefit of people in the
Caribbean; to that end, internships at the IACHR will be offered,
and seminars and workshops will be organized. In addition, the
Inter-American Commission will be able to consult the Norman
Manley Law School about legal systems and human rights issues in
the countries of the Caribbean.
autonomous body of the Organization of American States (OAS), the
IACHR derives its mandate from the OAS Charter and the American
Convention on Human Rights. The Commission is composed of seven
independent members who act in a personal capacity, without
representing a particular country, and who are elected by the OAS