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The Inter-American Human Rights System

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J.Scott DavidsonSenior Lecturer in International Law, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

ISBN13: 9781855217768
ISBN: 1855217767
Published: January 1998
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print

This text examines the human rights system of America. While it may be assumed that the shared geography of the region implies a common political and economic destiny for all American states, the expression of regional solidarity and cooperation has often been fitful, if not dysfunctional. The main vehicle for cooperation has been the Organization of American States (OAS), but this has often been perceived as an instrument of, and a mouthpiece for United States hegemony in the region. Despite this, the OAS has spawned a sophisticated human rights system in the post World War Two period which has demonstrated the capacity to evolve to meet the changing circumstances of the hemisphere. The aim of this work is to provide a narrative account of the human rights system and the jurisprudence which has emerged from its institutions.

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The Inter-American System and Human Rights; the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights; the Inter-America Court of Human Rights; individual application before the Inter-American commision; individual applications before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights; the advisory jurisdiction of the inter-American Court of Human Rights; the rights protected.