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Amicus Curiae: Human Rights Bodies

Flávia Piovesan, Julia Cortez da Cunha Cruz

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 24 November 2020

Human rights — Amicus curiae

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 The concept of amicus curiae has a long history. With origins in Roman law and a traditional role in common law countries, the amicus is now a modern tool, increasingly used within international human rights institutions. It is currently defined as a person with 'strong interest in the subject matter’ discussed in a legal case, who 'petitions the court or is requested to file a brief’ but is not a party to the lawsuit (International Courts and Tribunals, Amicus Curiae). Often defined by reference to its literal translation—‘friend of the court’—an amicus curiae...
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