The Inter-American Court of Human Rights: The Ambassador of Universalism

Quebec Journal of International Law, Special Edition, p. 57, 2011

41 Pages Posted: 21 Nov 2011  

Ludovic Hennebel

Aix-Marseille University, Law School of Aix-en-Provence, CERIC, UMR DICE; Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)

Date Written: January 1, 2011

Abstract

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights has developed an original, creative, avant-garde and even 'legally non-conformist' jurisprudence. The Court takes certain liberties with regard to the way in which it interprets the American Convention, treating the State-centric paradigm and voluntarism with disdain and consequently risks displeasing member States and internationalist scholars. However, the Court adopts this attitude intentionally and asserts the Inter-American distinctiveness through its own construction of legal universalism. In order to analyze it, the paper will describe the Court's work through the prism of a number of problems, emphasizing the most salient characteristics of this 'Inter-American doctrine': individualization; criminalization; constitutionalization; humanization; and moralization of inter-American law.

Keywords: human rights, inter-American Court of human Rights, universalism

JEL Classification: K33

Suggested Citation

Hennebel, Ludovic, The Inter-American Court of Human Rights: The Ambassador of Universalism (January 1, 2011). Quebec Journal of International Law, Special Edition, p. 57, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1962558

Ludovic Hennebel (Contact Author)

Aix-Marseille University, Law School of Aix-en-Provence, CERIC, UMR DICE ( email )

Faculté de Droit et de SP., 3 av. Robert Schuman
AIX-EN-PROVENCE, 13628
France

Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) ( email )

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Brussels, Brussels 1050
Belgium

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