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Doughty Street has extensive experience of litigating, mediating and training in the Latin America. In particular, DSI incorporates its international law expertise into the domestic interventions. In Colombia members successfully intervened before the Constitutional Court in the Muriel Mining Corporation case in 2011, relying upon international jurisprudence on rights to consultation and prior informed consent of indigenous communities on land selected for economic projects. A case involving similar law is pending in Honduras. In 2013 and 2014 interventions were brought before the Upper Tribunal of Santander and the Supreme Court in the case of David Ravelo Crespo upon fundamental fair trial rights.
DSI utilizes its expertise in accessing UN mechanisms alongside domestic processes. Members are instructed in cases in Panama, Mexico and Guatemala; in particular in breaches of Articles 1 and 6 of the Convention Against Torture and Articles 7 and 10 of the ICCPR.
Kirsty Brimelow QC is engaged in conflict resolution including between San José de Apartadó comunidad de paz and the government of Colombia. Part of this process resulted in an “historic” moment in Colombia in the form of a public apology from President Santos to the community.
Training in international human rights law has been conducted in Colombia, with Colombian human rights lawyers (Jose Alvear Restrepo Lawyers' Collective (CCJAR)) and ACADEUM and Mexico.