The Inter-American Human Rights System: An Effective Institution for Regional Rights Protection?


The Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights are charged with protecting human rights in the Western Hemisphere. This Article explains the workings of this regional human rights system, examining its history, composition, Junctions, jurisdiction, procedure, jurisprudence, and enforcement. The Article also evaluates the system's historical and current effectiveness. Particular attention is given to the disconnect between the system's success with the region's Latin-American nations and its rejection by Anglo-American States, as well as to the potential to use the system to improve human rights in Cuba. Reprinted by permission of the publisher.


Human rights, Indigenous peoples, Inter-American Court of Human Rights, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Cuba, International, United States



Lea Shaver (Hofstra University School of Law)



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