Seligson named to governing body of inter-American human rights groupby Liz Entman Nov. 4, 2011, 11:56 AM
Mitchell Seligson, Centennial Professor of Political Science and director of the Latin American Public Opinion Project, has been confirmed to the General Assembly of the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights (IIHR).
The General Assembly is the highest governing body of the IIHR. It consists of 40 human rights experts from throughout the Western Hemisphere, including the seven judges of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the seven members of the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights. Only three other members are currently from the United States.
The IIHR, based in San Jose, Costa Rica, is an autonomous international institution created in 1980 through an agreement signed between the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the government of Costa Rica. Today it is one of the world’s leading centers for teaching and academic research on human rights, applying a multidisciplinary approach with an emphasis on the problems of the Americas.
The IIHR, an auxiliary body of the Inter-American Human Rights System, promotes respect for the human rights set forth in its covenants and treaties through education and training.