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Monday, 14 May 2012

Inter-American Court of Human RightsThe Cambridge Pro Bono Project (CPP) has recently submitted a research memorandum in response to a request from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

The Inter-American Court was established in 1969 through the American Convention on Human Rights (ACHR). The Court has jurisdiction to decide contentious proceedings against the American States which have accepted its jurisdiction and give advisory opinions on the interpretation of the ACHR.

The research team comprised seven students: five LL.M. students, Gavin Beard, Georgina Churchhouse, Maria Fanou, Kai Leung, Rowan Nicholson; and 2 Ph.D students, Naomi Burke and Sophie Eastwood. The team was supervised by two Ph.D students members of the CPP Executive Committee, Federica Paddeu and Claire Simmonds, and advised by Dr Stephanie Palmer and Dr Michael Waibel, all members of the Cambridge Pro Bono Project Executive Committee.

The CPP was established in 2010 to provide a vehicle for graduate law students at the University of Cambridge to assist in the preparation of legal work in a pro bono capacity. This is the fourth major project completed by the CPP. In 2011 the CPP completed a major submission to the Australian Attorney General on equality law reform, and completed research memorandums for the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, and the Harvard Human Rights Clinic and NYU Center for Human Rights and Global Justice. For further details see