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On Thursday, 26 January, the International Association of Democratic Lawyers held its online launch event for the Monique and Roland Weyl People’s Academy of International Law, a new popular and legal education project that will begin its first classes on November 3, 2023.

The People’s Academy of International Law is a new initiative that aims to democratize and popularize the teaching of international law to lawyers, legal workers, law students and jurists in order to empower them to seize these international instruments and use them as tools in peoples’ struggles and the struggle for peoples’ rights.

The Academy will include comprehensive courses taught by experienced and distinguished faculty as well as a series of seminars focusing on specific issues in international law today.

The webinar (full video above and on YouTube) includes speakers:

  • Marjorie Cohn, Founding Dean of the People’s Academy of International Law
  • Jeanne Mirer, President of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers
  • Jun Sasamoto, President of the Confederation of Lawyers of Asia and the Pacific (COLAP)
  • Walid Okais, Droit Solidarite (France)
  • and members of our distinguished Scientific Committee from around the world.

The Scientific Committee members are:

  • Phyllis Bennis
    Director, New Internationalism Project, Institute for Policy Studies
  • Neri Colmenares
    Filipino human rights lawyer and activist,
    formerly Senior Deputy Minority Leader of the 16th Congress of the Philippines
  • Radha D’Souza
    Law professor, University of Westminster, London
  • Richard Falk
    Professor emeritus of international law at Princeton University
  • Arturo Fournier Facio
    Costa Rican lawyer and retired diplomat
  • Lennox Hinds
    Professor Emeritus in the Program in Criminal Justice, Rutgers University
    Permanent Representative of the IADL to the United Nations
  • Rashida Manjoo
    Emeritus Professor at the University of Cape Town
    Former United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women
  • Yoshiro Matsui
    Emeritus Professor of International Law, Nagoya University
  • Luis Carlos Moro
    Brazilian labor lawyer and professor; General Secretary of the American Association of Jurists
  • Willy Mutunga
    Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Kenya
  • John Quigley
    Professor of law at the Moritz College of Law at the Ohio State University
  • Natali Segovia
    International human rights lawyer, Legal Director, Water Protector Legal Collective
  • Ashwini Sukthankar
    International labor rights lawyer
  • Carlos Villan Duran
    Professor of International Human Rights Law (University of Alcala)
  • Yamila Gonzalez Ferrer
    Vice President, National Union of Jurists of Cuba
  • Raji Sourani
    General Director, Palestinian Center for Human Rights



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