International Courts and the Development of International Human Rights Law: A Separate or Collaborative Endeavor?

Thursday, May 31, 2012
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
American University Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington DC
Room 603



The emergence of international human rights law as a powerful set of principles permeating the interpretation of international law has triggered the need for international courts to consider those principles when resolving inter-state disputes or disputes involving other parties that are not individuals, such as international organizations. The participation of other tribunals beyond those charged with the supervision of human rights treaties in the development of international human rights principles may generate dissonant interpretations regarding the scope of individual rights and the protection they afford. This panel will explore the challenges presented by this new reality and confront the pressing issue of whether the development of human rights principles by international courts should be viewed as a separate task or as part of a more collaborative approach given the implications that such interpretations may have for the overall protection of human rights.  

Antônio Cançado Trindade, Judge, International Court of Justice
Margarette May Macaulay, Judge, Inter-American Court of Human Rights

Leo Zwaak, Netherlands Institute of Human Rights, Utrecht University

Moderator: Felipe González, Commissioner, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States


Presented by the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law





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