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Meza V. Ecuador: The Challenges Of Bringing Human Rights Claims In Sporting Disputes

Justice Ecuador
Friday, 05 May 2023 By Ariel E Dulitzky

On September 9, 2021, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights1 (Commission or IACHR) filed the case of Juan Jose Meza vs. Ecuador2 before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights3 (the Court). The case refers to violations arising from the failure of an Ecuadorian football team, Club Sport Emelec, to fully and timely comply with a judicial decision ordering the payment of salaries and compensation to Argentine soccer player Juan José Meza. This is the first case in which the Court will have the opportunity to deal with matters directly arising from a sporting dispute.

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Ariel E Dulitzky

Ariel E Dulitzky

Ariel Dulitzky is Clinical Professor of Law, the Director of the Human Rights Clinic and the Director of the Latin America Initiative. He is also an affiliated faculty of the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies and of the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice. He is a leading expert in the inter-American human rights system. In 2010 he was appointed to the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances and elected as its Chair-Rapporteur in 2013 (2013-2015). Prior to joining the University of Texas, he was Assistant Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). Professor Dulitzky is an honors graduate of the University of Buenos Aires, School of Law, where he was editor of the Law Review. He received his LLM from Harvard Law School in 1999, where he was an editor of the Harvard Human Rights Journal. He served as a law clerk for a Federal Circuit Court in Argentina.

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