Thursday, February 24, 2011

DC Event: Strengthening International Human Rights of Older Persons



Co-sponsored by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and

Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

March 17, 2011

9:00 – 11.30 am

American University Washington College of Law, Room 603

4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016

The panelists will discuss the recent activities and possible outcomes of the Working Group, which was established in accordance with the resolution of the UN GA Third Committee, A/C.3/65/L.8/Rev.1, adopted on November 19, 2010. The Working Group’s mandate is to consider the existing international framework, identify how to best address possible gaps, and consider the feasibility of a new legal instrument. Additionally, the panelists will discuss future implications of the ongoing process to strengthen the protection of older persons within the Organization of American States, in particular in light of the Special Session of the Permanent Council that took place on October 28, 2010, where the majority of participating states called for a regional convention on the rights of older persons.

8.45 Registration

9.15 Welcome and Introduction:

Dean Claudio Grossman, American University Washington College of Law

Diego Rodríguez Pinzón, Co-Director, Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

9.30 Panelists:

Luz Angela Melo, LLM ’97, Human Rights Technical Adviser, UNFPA

Juana Sotomayor, Human Rights Officer, Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights

Israel Doron, LLM ’94, Professor of Law, Faculty of Social Welfare & Health Studies, Haifa University

Javier Vásquez, LLM ’96, Regional Human Rights Law Advisor, Pan-American Health Organization

Mario López Garelli, Senior Human Rights Specialist, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Jessica F. López, Chairperson, NGO Committee on Ageing - United Nations, and New York Senior Advisor, AARP Office of International Affairs (invited)

10.45 Discussion: (Moderator)

Vladislav Michalčík, Research Scholar-in-Residence, Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

11.30 Closing Remarks:

Claudia Martin, Co-Director, Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

Registration is free but required – please go to .

CLE Accreditation will be applied for (1.5 credits) – registration will be $55. For further information, contact: Office of Special Events & Continuing Legal Education, 202.274.4075 or

Please direct questions to:

Vladislav Michalčík, LL.M.

Project Coordinator/Research Scholar in Residence


Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

American University Washington College of Law

4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

Washington, D.C. 20016-8181

Phone: (202) 274-4221