The Writs of Habeas Corpus and Amparo: A Comparison of Remedies Against the Menaces of State Power

29 Pages Posted: 4 Aug 2014  

Cheryl L. Daytec

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - School of Law

Date Written: July 14, 2011

Abstract

The writs of habeas corpus and amparo are known remedies against the arbitrary exercise of State power, particularly in cases of deprivation of liberty. While they substantially intersect, they also substantially differ. In fact in the Philippines, an activist Supreme Court crafted the writ of amparo as a remedy to address cases of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances or threats thereof. The Arroyo regime presided over a political climate which was marked by a spate of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances which the Great Writ - as the writ of habeas corpus is traditionally known - could not curb.

This paper compares and contrasts the two remedies and looks at actual cases decided by the Philippine Supreme Court to show whether or not the remedies are effective.

Keywords: Writ of habeas corpus, Writ of amparo, Human rights, Enforced disappearance, Extrajudicial killing, Impunity, Liberty, Security, Right to life

Suggested Citation

Daytec, Cheryl L., The Writs of Habeas Corpus and Amparo: A Comparison of Remedies Against the Menaces of State Power (July 14, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2475118 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2475118

Cheryl L. Daytec (Contact Author)

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - School of Law ( email )

Minneapolis, MN
United States

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