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1114 The Commission

Katia talks about how an international law commission works in the Americas.

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human rights

You study human rights in an international context.

Human rights are basic rights that many countries think people should have; such as a fair justice system, freedom of speech, the right to vote, etc. Notice the following:

  1. Various countries interpret human rights differently.
  2. They are regularly cited for human rights abuses.


So when cases are brought to this international court, is it a jury, is it just one judge?

A jury is a group of citizens from the general population who decide the outcome of a court case. Notice the following:

  1. I once served on a jury. It was interesting.
  2. Do you use juries in your country?


is it a group of judges?

A judge is the person who is in charge of a trail in court. Notice the following:

  1. The judge was quiet for most of the time.
  2. He's been a judge for twenty years.


The Commission is the first entity that you bring a case to.

A commission is a formal group whose job is to find out information about a legal problem. Notice the following:

  1. The city formed a commission to investigate corruption.
  2. There were six people on the commission


You do not go to the Court right away.

Court is the building or place where legal cases are heard. The people present include the judge, jury, lawyers, etc. Notice the following:

  1. We go to court on 19th of August.
  2. Excuse me, please. I'm due in court shortly.