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The reasoning of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and its impact on the standards of International Human Rights Law: A comparative exercise

The Inter-American system of human rights protection was born more than 60 years ago. Its impact on the development of legal standards in the Americas has been tremendously significant in a number of fields. Cases in point include forced disapperances, gender-based violence and the rights of indigenous communities. The Inter-American Court is generally recognised to be far more activist in outlook than the European Court of Human Rights, with the latter markedly more deferential to the state. This project will analyse the nature and quality of the legal reasoning used by the Inter-American Court, and compare it with the way the European Court of Human Rights would proceed in similar cases. DISSECT research team member Genaro Manrique Giacoman will assist Prof Dembour in the supervision of this project.


This is the selection process of prof. Marie-Bénédicte Dembour:

Places will be allocated on a first-come first-serve basis.

Students interested in a particular topic are welcomed to contact Prof Dembour by email (mariebene.dembour[@]

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