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Part One Introduction, Evolution, and Operation of the Inter-American System, 2 Evolution of the System: The Inter-American Commission and Court

James L. Cavallaro, Claret Vargas, Clara Sandoval, Bernard Duhaime, Caroline Bettinger-Lopez, Stephanie Erin Brewer, Diana Guzmán, Cecilia Naddeo

From: Doctrine, Practice, and Advocacy in the Inter-American Human Rights System

James L. Cavallaro, Claret Vargas, Clara Sandoval, Bernard Duhaime, Caroline Bettinger-Lopez, Stephanie Erin Brewer, Diana Guzman, Cecilia Naddeo

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 28 February 2021

Subject(s):
Human rights

This chapter covers the development of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and Inter-American Court of Human Rights, focusing on their creation, composition, functions, and relationship to highlight how historical experience influences their operations today. It begins by reviewing the creation of the normative framework for the protection of human rights in the Americas, surveying the historical context, development, and relationship between and among its operational instruments. It then sets out the structure and evolution of the Commission and Court. It also reviews the reporting and recommendation functions of the Commission and their impact in enhancing human rights protections; discusses the creation and early operation of the system’s purely judicial body; and reviews the case system and process of petitioning the Court for consideration of contentious cases.

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