- Gross violations
This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book’s main themes. This book is about the inter-American human rights system, one of three major regional human rights systems in the world. It combines a comprehensive case-based review of the system’s jurisprudence and procedures with practice-oriented discussions to enable students and practitioners to use the system to address human rights violations in the Americas. The casebook, in addition to using case excerpts from the Inter-American Commission and Court to illustrate the system’s jurisprudence in each area of human rights, employs case studies to survey the real-world impact of the system’s decisions in the countries under its jurisdiction. The book analyzes a wide range of practical issues that advocates face when interacting with the Commission or Court and explores current debates on possible reforms of the system.
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