N° 58/08




Washington, 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.


IACHR 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.

“Today represents the start of a very promising exchange between the school and the Commission,” said the schools’ principal, Professor Stephen Vasciannie.


Under this 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.


A principal, 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 General Assembly.


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