Inter-American Human Rights Digest Project

A Jurisprudential Repertoire of the
Inter-American System of Human Rights


The Digest Project (In Spanish Only)

The Inter-American Human Rights Digest Project publishes a jurisprudential repertoire of the Inter-American System for the protection and promotion of human rights. The Digest consists of excerpts selected primarily from decisions, reports, and resolutions from the Inter-American Commission and Court. These excerpts are indexed and analyzed according to the terms of the American Convention on Human Rights and the American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man.

The authors of the Digest are:

  • Dean Claudio Grossman
  • Mr. Robert Kogod Goldman
  • Mrs. Claudia Martin
  • Mr. Diego Rodríguez-Pinzón

The Project was founded by the Netherlands Ministry of Development and Cooperation.

The Digest's European Counterpart
The Inter-American Digest Project is modeled after the Digest of Strasbourg Case-Law. The Digest of Strasbourg Case-Law, established by the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM) in cooperation with the Directorate of Human Rights of the Council of Europe, provides a complete compilation of the Strasbourg organ's case-law, analyzed according to the text of the European Convention on Human Rights and its Protocols.

The Digest's Audience
The Inter-American Digest allows member states, petitioners, and other users to research any particular aspect of law either by reference to the Table of Contents under a particular article, or by reference to a Subject Matter Index. The Digest is available in hard-copy, on cd-rom, and through the Internet, in both Spanish and English.

The Inter-American Digest directly benefits the rule of law by providing a legal research resource essential to improving the consistency, efficiency, and accessibility of the Inter-American System. It helps to ensure uniformity and transparency in the jurisprudence of the Commission and the Court. It is also instrumental in creating awareness of the Inter-American system both in this hemisphere and in the international community in general.

The Inter-American Human Rights System
The Inter-American System for the Protection of Human Rights has worked to protect and promote fundamental human rights for five decades. The Inter-American System consists of an integration of the two main international bodies in the Organization of American States (OAS): the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. The Commission and the Court produce documented, although no systematized, records of their case law.

Inter-American Human Rights Database
The Inter-American Human Rights Database contains documents in English and Spanish adopted by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights since its first session, celebrated in 1960. Given the increasing need to accede to the case law of this body, our initial efforts have been concentrated in making the reports on individual cases available to the general public. Also, we have posted the reports on sessions corresponding to the first years of work of the Commission. Furthermore, the Database will include special country reports and thematic reports adopted by the Commission since its inception.

For Information Contact:
Ms. Claudia Martin or Mr. Diego Rodríguez-Pinzón
Co-Directors, Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
American University
Washington College of Law
4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20016
Tel: (202) 274-4295
Fax: (202) 274-4198