Protection of Asylum-Seekers Under the Inter-American Human Rights System
37 Pages Posted: 6 Aug 2013
Date Written: October 10, 2012
The paper provides a rigorous analysis of the new ‘complementary’ human rights framework for refugees and asylum-seekers developed by the Inter-American human rights system. In particular, it will show how the recent distinctive and progressive ‘jurisprudence’ on point from the system’s main institutions – the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the Court – advances the frontiers of international legal protection for such persons. The analysis thus vindicates predictions by earlier observers as to the potential for the Inter-American human rights system to provide complementary protection to asylum-seekers and refugees. The rapidity and scope of these jurisprudential developments is such that even relatively recent attempts to describe the contours of this framework appear to have been overtaken by events.
Keywords: refugees, asylum, refugee law, human rights, human rights law, Inter-American, OAS
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