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Max Planck Encyclopedia of International Procedural Law [MPEiPro]

Amicus Curiae: Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACtHR)

Fabián Novak

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 16 July 2024

Amicus curiae — Third party participation

Published under the direction of Hélène Ruiz Fabri, with the support of the Department of International Law and Dispute Resolution, under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law.

1 Although many authors affirm that the institution of the amicus curiae can be traced back to the Consilium of Roman Law (group of experts called to provide advice to a magistrate), it is true that this institution did not have the same characteristics of what we contemporaneously know as amicus curiae. For that reason, it is more appropriate to point out that amicus curiae actually stems from English jurisprudence in the eighth century. From there it spread to other countries of Anglo-Saxon tradition and European legal systems, reaching the United States in the...
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