The Law and Practice of International Courts and Tribunals 3 : 79–112, 2004 © 2004 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands. “DINOSAURS” IN HUMAN RIGHTS LITIGATION: THE USE OF AD HOC JUDGES IN INDIVIDUAL COMPLAINTS BEFORE THE INTER-AMERICAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS M ÓNICA F ERIA T INTA * I. INTRODUCTION The new rules of procedure of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights – in force since 2001 – introduced important developments in the Inter- American system of protection of human rights. In particular, the system today allows victims of alleged violations of human rights to make direct representations before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (hereinafter “the Court”). 1 However, this fundamental development contrasts with another feature of the system which, in the view of this author, undermines fundamental principles of due process, equality of * Legal Counsel to the victims, Brothers Gomez Paquiyauri case, before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Lecturer in Human Rights Law in Developing Countries, South Bank University, London. LLM with merit (London 1996), Diploma of The Hague Academy in International Law (The Hague, 2000), Doctoral Researcher (LSE). The author has represented victims before the Inter- American system of Protection of Human
The Law & Practice of International Courts and Tribunals – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2004
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