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Provisional Measures in the Case Law of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (Paperback)

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Provisional measures are an instrument used by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Their purpose is to prevent irreparable harm to the rights and freedoms ensured under the American Convention on Human Rights of people who are in a situation of extreme gravity and urgency. The measures, ordered ex officio or at the request of a party, result in protection offered by the respondent states to alleged victims. This does not in any way result in prejudging the merits of the matter before the Inter-American Court.

Today, interim measures have a key role in many of the cases that are brought before the Inter-American Human Rights System. Surely, neither the judges, academia, nor the international community in general had imagined the dimensions that this institution would acquire in the jurisprudence over the years. This book analyses the complete case law of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights with regard to provisional measures. It deals with the jurisdiction of the Court to order such measures and its admissibility questions. This is followed by an analysis of the evidentiary issues, the processing of the request for provisional measures, the delay within which interim measures are usually adopted by the Court and the duration of the measures. Finally, the legal nature of the provisional measures and the legal consequences in case of noncompliance by states are examined, as well as the compliance rate and the factors that may be considered the main obstacles to some measures being effective.

This study attempts to exalt the work of the measures so that they might better meet their function of protecting rights effectively. Beyond its academic value, this book hopes to have a practical utility, a social visiblity. It is an invitation to each individual to get acquainted with the power that the case law of the Inter-American Court has given to the figure of interim measures. He or she may then use it as a useful tool that has the virtue of avoiding the irreparable violation of rights in situations of extreme gravity and urgency.

The book has been updated up to November 2009.


Publisher Intersentia Uitgevers N V
Mfg Part# 9789400000377
SKU 214419380
Format Paperback
ISBN10 9400000375
Release Date 8/30/2010
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