Current Projects

My main areas of scholarly work remain international courts and tribunals and international human rights. These are the projects I am working on these days.

On the human rights front, I am finalizing two communications (cases in UN human rights bodies jargon). One on Italy and the right to participate in the conduct of public affairs (referenda) of the UN Human Rights Committee; and another on Guatemala, for the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, on a case of arbitrary arrest and detention during the civil war in 1982. I also continue working on the mapping of the law and practice of detention of irregular migrants in the Caribbean, in cooperation with the International Detention Coalition and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

On the international courts and tribunals front, I am currently writing on:

  • International Adjudication in the Arab World: I have completed a 70-page
    Lawrence
    On the field, in Jordan.

    article that I have been testing around at various workshops during the last year. It will turn into a book before the end of 2015.

  • I am currently writing a chapter on the Avena Case (Mexico v. the United States) for the book by Jean-Marc Sorel and Paula Wojcikiewicz Almeida, Latin America and the International Court of Justice.
  • Revising my Oxford University Press Online Bibliography International Courts and Tribunals.
  • Writing a piece for the 100th anniversary of the Brazilian Society of International Law, which will be published in a special edition of the society’s bulletin. Other invited contributors include James Crawford, Giorgio Gaja, Antonio Cançado Trindade, and Yves Daudet.

And, finally, on both human rights and international courts front:

For the past four years, I have been working on a major multi-year project with the students of the International and Comparative Law Review (ILR). The aim is to create the first complete and up-to-date compilation of summaries of cases decided by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR). The IACHR does not provide easily understandable and accurate summaries of the cases it decides and, although there are a few universities and organizations that have prepared summaries of some cases, they are not complete or exhaustive. The summaries are published online, on our school’s website.

To date, the IACHR has decided about 175 cases. So far, we have completed 122 summaries. At this pace, we should be current with the Court by 2017.