ICAR Board Member Discusses Inter-American Human Rights

Posted: February 25, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

David Padilla, a member of the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR) advisory board, will present ICAR’s brown bag lecture this week on “The Inter-American Human Rights System.” The lecture will begin at noon tomorrow.

Padilla points out in his paper, “The Future of the Inter-American Human Rights System,” that the principal problem facing the system is that it has been too successful and is so overburdened it cannot adequately do its work. The paper appeared in the Human Rights Brief, a publication of The Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at Washington College of Law (WCL) at American University.

Padilla has spent more than 30 years working with the Organization for American States (OAS), particularly for their Inter-American Commission for Human Rights, where he was assistant executive secretary, helping to monitor human rights conditions in the OAS member states. He also was adjunct professor of law at WCL, where he taught international human rights law. He has an LD in International Law from George Washington University and a JD from the University of Detroit. Padilla was a Peace Corps volunteer in Venezuela and Fulbright scholar in South Africa at the University of Pretoria.

The entire community is invited to the ICAR brown bag lectures, a series of informal presentations on research and practice of conflict resolution. Padilla’s presentation will be in the ICAR Main Conference Room, A401, at 4260 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. For more information, call 703-993-1300.

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