Human Rights and
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Václav Havel Institute


Human Rights in Foreign Affairs

The seminar «Human Rights in Foreign Affairs» was organized by the Václav Havel Institute of the Center for the Opening and Development of Latin America and was held from 6 to 10 May in 5 days of two classes each at the headquarters of CADAL The main speaker of the activity was Dr. Alejandro Anaya Muñoz, author of the book «Derechos Humanos en las Relaciones Internacionales».

The first six classes were given by Alejandro Anaya Muñoz and the topics discussed were the following: The emergence of human rights on the international scene, from John Locke to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; International human rights regimes, analysis of their development; The influence of international human rights on internal dynamics - "The boomerang" and "the spiral"; The influence of international human rights on internal dynamics - From commitment to compliance; The influence of human rights on internal dynamics - The case of Mexico; Human rights and foreign policy - Sovereignty, interventionism and defense of human dignity.

Alejandro Anaya Muñoz

Alejandro Anaya Muñoz is Professor at the Department of Sociopolitical and Legal Studies (DSOJ) and coordinator of the Master's Degree in Human Rights and Peace at the Technological and Higher Studies Institute of the West (ITESO). He has a PhD in Government and a Master's Degree in Theory and Practice of Human Rights, from the University of Essex, England. He has been Fulbright Scholar in the Human Rights Program at the University of Minnesota, and Mexico Public Policy Scholar, at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, in Washington DC. He is the author of three books and co-editor of another, as well as dozens of articles in specialized journals and book chapters. His most recent books are Human Rights Crisis in Mexico, co-edited with Barbara Frey (Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019) and Human Rights in and from International Relations (Mexico City, Economic Research and Teaching Center, 2014) . In recent years, his research has focused on transnational political dynamics around human rights and on the influence of the international human rights regime. He is an associate editor of the International Journal of Human Rights, member of the Board of Directors of the Mexican Commission for the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights (CMDPDH) and founder of the project to prepare the database "International Recommendations to Mexico on Human Rights"

María Gabriela Quinteros, de la Dirección de Derechos Humanos del Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto de la República Argentina

The seventh class was in charge of María Gabriela Quinteros, of the Human Rights Desk of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship of the Argentine Republic, who spoke on "Foreign policy in practice: the case of Argentina".

Sybil Rhodes, Presidente del Centro para la Apertura y el Desarrollo de América Latina (CADAL)

The penultimate class on "Human Rights, Foreign Policy and Migration" was delivered by Sybil Rhodes, Chair of the Center for the Opening and Development of Latin America (CADAL). For its part, the eighth and last class by Gabriel Salvia, General Director of CADAL, on "The foundations for an active foreign policy on human rights" and "The initiatives of CADAL in Foreign Policy in Human Rights and International Democratic Solidarity since civil society".

Derechos Humanos en las Relaciones Internacionales

At the close of the seminar, Certificates of Attendance were granted to participants who attended a minimum of 8 classes


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