Friday, May 31, 2013

Litigating the Right to Peace: June 22 in Seattle!

War is an ancient custom of nations, just as once was slavery, letters of marque, genocide, the rights of kings and similar institutions that seemed inevitable. Campaigns for their abolition may take generations or centuries, but the best time to being is always now.
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?
Luis Roberto
Zamora Bolaño
Who has heard that Costa Rican attorney Luis Roberto Zamora Bolaños sued his government for violating the Peace Clause in its Constitution: and won? It doesn't get much press in our country, so it is very helpful that Attorney Zamora is coming to Seattle to discuss
  • 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.
This event is free and open to the public; all are invited to the reception following. Attorneys should pre-register to ensure earning credit; others are encouraged to respond to the evite to help with the head-count.
Litigating the Right to Peace
June 22, 2013
7 PM - 9 PM
Seattle University School of Law
Room C-5
901 12th Ave
Seattle, WA.
Human Rights attorney Luis Roberto Zamora Bolaños.
Washington State Bar Association World Peace Through Law Section
Approved for 2 General Credits (WA ID )

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