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The IACtHR: Theory and Practice, Present and Future

Scholars from the University of Ghent have published a new book examining procedural and substantive changes at the IACtHR throughout its history.

The edited collection features a range of contributions from distinguished practitioners and scholars of the IAHRS. The content is divided into ten sections which address: the reasoning of the Court; procedural aspects; civil and political rights; economic, social and cultural rights; reparations and provisional measures; enforced disappearances and amnesty laws; vulnerable groups; the Court and national judges; the interaction between the IACtHR and other international courts; and reforms to the IAHRS.

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights: Theory and Practice, Present and Future was edited by Yves Haeck, Oswaldo Ruiz-Chiriboga and Clara Burbano Herrera from University of Ghent’s Human Rights Centre, and includes a foreword by Pablo Saavedra Alessandri from the IACtHR.

The book is available for purchase via the Intersentia website. The publisher’s abstract is reproduced in full below:

Along with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights serves as the main watchdog for the promotion and protection of fundamental rights in the Americas. Drawing on the case law of the Court, this volume analyses crucial developments over the years on both procedural and substantive issues before the Inter-American Court. The book discusses access to legal aid, third party interventions, positive obligations and provisional measures, the evaluation of evidence and the use of external referencing by the Court, the protection of vulnerable groups, including indigenous peoples, migrants, women and children. It also explores other contemporary issues such as coerced statements, medical negligence, the use of force, amnesties, forced disappearances, the right to water, judicial protection in times of emergency, the relation of the Inter-American Court with national courts and with other international jurisdictions like the European Court of Human Rights and the International Criminal Court, and with national courts, reparations and revisions of cases by the Inter-American Court, and present-day challenges to the Inter-American system of human rights. Due to its multifaceted and comprehensive character, this scholarly volume is an essential reference work for both legal scholars and practitioners working with regional human rights systems in general and with the Inter-American human rights system in particular.

A number of the issues raised in the publication will be discussed at the next IAHRN workshop, which will be hosted by Prof. Haeck and Dr Burbano Herrera at the University of Ghent on 29-30 January 2016.

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