The Inter-American Human Rights System: An Effective Institution for Regional Rights Protection?
Washington University Global Studies Law Review 9 (2010): 639-676
38 Pages Posted: 22 Jul 2009 Last revised: 3 May 2014
Date Written: July 22, 2009
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.
Keywords: human rights, Inter-American, IACHR, regional courts, international public law, Cuba
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