What is different about the DePaul program?
Human Rights Law in the Americas program in Costa Rica provides a
comprehensive, foundational understanding of the key elements of human
rights law, including women’s rights, children’s rights and criminal
procedure. Upon completing the program, students are better prepared for
more specialized areas such as family law, asylum and immigration,
public interest law, legal defense and advocacy for the underprivileged.
Study with world-renowned human rights law experts
Professor Victor Rodriguez, one of Latin America’s top human rights lawyers, and a current member of the prestigious United Nations Human Rights Committee—the 18-member
UN committee charged with supervising the world’s foremost human rights
treaty, the International Covenant on Civil and Political
Rights—coordinates DePaul’s Costa Rica program. Professor Rodriguez has
chaired the UN Committee against Torture, and directed landmark projects
on sexual trafficking, indigenous rights and strengthening the
Inter-American human rights system.
DePaul’s Costa Rica program features distinguished hands-on practitioners such as Professor Len Cavise,
a leading expert on criminal procedure and public interest law with
extensive experience in reforming the criminal procedure codes of
Mexico, Guatemala and Haiti.
Professor Alberto R. Coll,
director of DePaul’s Latin American Legal Studies, leads the Costa Rica
program. Born and raised in Cuba, he has served in senior positions in
the Pentagon, advised numerous U.S. agencies and several Latin American
governments, and lectured on human rights and security issues throughout
Central and South America.
About Costa Rica
Read what noted New York Times columnist Nicolas Kristof has to say about Costa Rica in his article, The Happiest People (Jan. 7, 2010).
- #1 Happiest Country in the World 1
- #3 Greenest Country in the World 2
- #1 Destination for Adventure Tourism 3
- One of the world’s top 8 ecological beaches 4
Rica has set aside 25 percent of its entire surface as protected
natural parks, beaches and forests. The country boasts some of the
world’s most magnificent beaches, both on the Atlantic and Pacific
coasts, live volcanoes, rain forests teeming with thousands of rare
species of animal and plant life, and rivers famous for their quality
among enthusiasts of whitewater rafting. The small country abolished its
military in 1948, and has had uninterrupted peaceful, civilian,
democratic rule, and the strongest independent judiciary in Latin
America since then. Costa Rica has some of the region’s highest indices
of social development, literacy, and economic equality, as well as some
of the lowest rates of violence and crime. It is also the home of one of
the world’s most famous international human rights courts, the
Inter-American Court of Human Rights.
1 World Database of Happiness (2009)
2 Environmental Performance Index (EPI), 2010
3 International Business Times, Mar. 8, 2011
4 Playa Matapalo (Mother Nature Network, CNN) August 2010