Human Rights

The president of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, one of only two such courts in the world, will speak at Seattle University School of Law at 2:30 p.m. Friday, September 8.

Sergio García Ramírez, a Mexican jurist, law professor and former Attorney General of Mexico, will address students and faculty in the law school’s courtroom. The talk is open to the public. Garcia Ramirez, a researcher with the Institute of Juridical Research, and a professor in the School of Law at National Autonomous University of Mexico, will discuss the role of the Inter-American Human Rights court in resolving conflicts.

García Ramírez served in the cabinet of Mexican President José López Portillo as Secretary of Labor and then in the cabinet of Mexican President Miguel de la Madrid as Attorney General. He is a member of the National System of Investigators. In 1997 he was elected by the General Assembly of the Organization of American States as a judge for the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. In 2003, he was elected president of the court.

García Ramírez is the author of more countless books and articles in Mexico and abroad. The majority of his writing deal with judicial and criminology issues. He received his bachelor’s degree in law, with an honorable mention, from the School of Law at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City in 1963. He received his doctorate in law from the same School of Law in 1971, graduating magna cum laude, an honor that was bestowed on him for the first time to a doctorate law student.

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights is an autonomous judicial institution whose purpose is the application and interpretation of the American Convention on Human Rights. Together with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, it makes up the human rights protection system of the Organization of American States (OAS), which serves to uphold and promote basic rights and freedoms in the Americas.

The visit by García Ramírez is sponsored by the School of Law’s Global Social Justice Center and the Latin America-U.S. Program for Academic and Judicial Exchanges. For more information, contact Professor Henry McGee, Mexico/Latin American Initiatives Director, at (206) 398.4026, or

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