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The Inter-American Human Rights System: An Effective Institution for Regional Rights Protection?


Lea Shaver


Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

July 22, 2009

Washington University Global Studies Law Review 9 (2010): 639-676

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The Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights are charged with protecting human rights in the Western Hemisphere. This Article explains the workings of this regional human rights system, examining its history, composition, functions, jurisdiction, procedure, jurisprudence, and enforcement. The Article also evaluates the system's historical and current effectiveness. Particular attention is given to the disconnect between the system's success with the region's Latin-American nations and its rejection by Anglo-American States, as well as to the potential to use the system to improve human rights in Cuba.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 38

Keywords: human rights, Inter-American, IACHR, regional courts, international public law, Cuba

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Date posted: July 22, 2009 ; Last revised: May 3, 2014

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Shaver, Lea, The Inter-American Human Rights System: An Effective Institution for Regional Rights Protection? (July 22, 2009). Washington University Global Studies Law Review 9 (2010): 639-676. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1437633

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Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law ( email )
530 West New York Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
United States

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