International Law and Reparations: The Inter-American System

Claudio Grossman (Author) Agustina del Campo (Author)
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This book presents the most thorough analysis to date on the jurisprudence of the Inter-American Human Rights Court (IACtHR) concerning full reparations. This jurisprudence interprets Article 63 of the American Convention on Human Rights. In its interpretation of the Convention, the IACtHR is guided by the important notion that human rights instruments should be interpreted in light of its object and purpose, in accordance with the State members of the Organization of the American States. The Court's jurisprudence ensures that victims of human rights violations are awarded not only monetary compensation in cases, but also a full array of reparations designed to restore their dignity and reaffirm the value of the rule of law. Accordingly, reparation also includes moral compensation, guarantees of non-repetition, and truth as a measure of satisfaction. The impact of the Inter-American jurisprudence in this matter has gone beyond the regional hemispheric systems. The UN Committee Against Torture relied on the Court's jurisprudence in the drafting of General Comment No. 3, while the other regional human rights systems have resorted to the Inter-American jurisprudence in developing their own concepts of reparation. More specifically, the book explores the notions of "fair remedy," "injured party," and the possibility of achieving "restitutio in integrum" for human rights violations through an analysis of decisions issued by the Inter-American. The book urges its reader to consider not only the current status of the law, but also the role played by victims, lawyers, Commissioners, and Judges in its jurisprudential development. As a living instrument, the value of the American Convention depends in great part on their actions and decisions.This book, by presenting the role of the different actors through concrete cases that shaped the system, encourages everyone to think how the System should continue to satisfy the aspirations of justice in cases of human rights violations.

Product Details

Clarity Press
Publish Date
May 01, 2018
5.9 X 1.9 X 8.9 inches | 2.55 pounds
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About the Author

CLAUDIO GROSSMAN, Professor and Dean Emeritus at Washington College of Law, acted as a Commissioner of the OAS' Inter-American Human Rights Commission (IACHR) from 1993-2001, and its President in 1996 and 2001. During this time, Grossman was appointed as the IACHR's first Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Women, and its Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Populations. He served as Chair of the UN Committee on Torture (2008-2015) and has just been elected to a five-year term on the UN's International Law Commission.
AGUSTINA DEL CAMPO is an LLM graduate and former Impact Litigation Project Coordinator at American University Washington College of Law. She currently directs the Center for Studies on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information (CELE) in Argentina.
MINA A. TRUDEAU is an alumna of the U.S. Fulbright Program (Turkey) and American University Washington College of Law, where she was a Public Interest/Public Service Scholar.


"Without a doubt this one-of-a-kind piece constitutes a great contribution to the field of international human rights law, and particularly to the Inter-American System of Human Rights." Pablo Saavedra Alessandri, Secretary, Inter-American Court of Human Rights
"Rigorous and complete, this book is a must for any student, scholar or practitioner in the area." James Cavallaro, Professor of Law, Stanford Law School, Director, Stanford Human Rights Center
"A comprehensive and well-organized analysis of jurisprudence that will prove invaluable to scholars and practitioners in international as well as in domestic litigation." Juan E Mendez, Commissioner, International Commission of Jurists, Former UN Special Rapporteur on Torture