Amicus Curiae Presented to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights: In the Case Allan R. Brewer Carías vs. The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

36 Pages Posted: 9 Oct 2013

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Leo Zwaak

Utrecht University

Diana Contreras-Garduño

Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM), Utrecht University

Lubomira Kostova

Utrecht University

Annick Pijnenburg

Utrecht University - Netherlands Institute of Human Rights

Tomas Königs

National Chengchi University (NCCU); Utrecht University - Faculty of Law

Date Written: August 21, 2013

Abstract

Leo Zwaak, Diana Contreras-Garduño, Annick Pijnenburg, Lubomira Kostova and Tomas Königs, on behalf of the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM), presented an amicus curiae brief before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in the case of Allan R. Brewer Carías v. the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela later this year. This case was submitted to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in January 2007 by the legal representatives of Mr. Brewer: Pedro Nikken, Hélio Bicudo, Claudio Grossman, Juan E. Méndez, Douglas Cassel, and Héctor Faúndez Ledesma. The case concerns the criminal proceedings started against Mr. Brewer, an internationally renowned constitutional law professor, for his alleged involvement in an attempted coup d’Etat in Venezuela in April 2002. It raises important issues in terms of the lack of judicial guarantees and judicial protection in the criminal proceedings brought against Mr. Brewer as well as the freedom of expression of legal professionals. The relevance of this case lies in the fact that violations of fair trial rights by any State pose grave threats to the protection of human rights because it prevents individuals to fully enjoy access to justice and hence, of remedies. Additionally, freedom of expression has an important place in the case because individuals wishing to express their opinion, especially when such opinion is based on purely professional advice, should be able to do so without facing criminal charges.

Suggested Citation

Zwaak, Leo and Contreras-Garduño, Diana and Kostova, Lubomira and Pijnenburg, Annick and Königs, Tomas, Amicus Curiae Presented to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights: In the Case Allan R. Brewer Carías vs. The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (August 21, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2337436 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2337436

Leo Zwaak (Contact Author)

Utrecht University ( email )

Diana Contreras-Garduño

Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM), Utrecht University ( email )

3508 TC Utrecht
Utrecht
Netherlands

Lubomira Kostova

Utrecht University ( email )

Annick Pijnenburg

Utrecht University - Netherlands Institute of Human Rights ( email )

Janskerkhof 3
3512 BK Utrecht
Netherlands

Tomas Königs

National Chengchi University (NCCU) ( email )

No. 64, Chih-Nan Road
Section 2
Wenshan, Taipei, 11623
Taiwan

Utrecht University - Faculty of Law ( email )

Janskerkhof 3
Utrecht, 3512 BK
Netherlands

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