The right to peace is implied in very law that forbids aggressive war. This is written into the constitution of two nations - Costa Rica and Japan - and implied in the acceptance of the United Nations treaty by most others. However, this right won't enforce itself, and for that we need lawyers and others to step forward in our courts and elsewhere. Who has done this? When they have succeeded, how have they done so? What can we learn from their successes?
- Costa Rica’s “Peace Constitution”;
- His successful lawsuit to block the Costa Rican government's unconstitutional support for the 2003 invasion of Iraq;
- The use of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to protect and institutionalize the right to peace;
- Cooperation with Japanese lawyers and peace organizations to safeguard Article 9 (“Peace Article”) of Japan’s Constitution.
Litigating the Right to Peace
June 22, 2013
7 PM - 9 PM
Seattle University School of Law
901 12th Ave
Human Rights attorney Luis Roberto Zamora Bolaños.
Washington State Bar Association World Peace Through Law Section
Approved for 2 General Credits (WA ID )