New Remedial Responses in the Practice of Regional Human Rights Courts: Purposes Beyond Compensation

Article by Leiry Cornejo Chavez (European University Institute) in the International Journal of Constitutional Law, Vol 15, Issue 2 (2017). Read the article.

In theory, remedies ordered by regional human rights courts aim at the full reparation of the consequences of a human rights violation (restitutio in integrum). In spite of this premise, both the European and the Inter-American Courts of Human Rights have traditionally focused on the provision of pecuniary and non-pecuniary remedies for repairing actual damage directly caused by said violations. On the few occasions where the courts have been asked to grant remedies beyond a compensatory aim, they have refused to do so, declaring that these types of remedies do not fall within their competence.

This article takes issue with these declarations and, through an analysis of selected case law, demonstrates that the practice of both regional courts has changed. They, each in their own way, have started to use remedial measures as an instrument that is not solely directed at compensation, but also at cessation, deterrence, and policy-making.

The article is part of a panel edited by PluriCourts Director Andreas Føllesdal, titled Democracy and Regional Human Rights Courts: Enemies, Allies, or Both?

Tags: Human Rights, Performance
Published Oct. 30, 2017 11:56 AM - Last modified Oct. 30, 2017 12:08 PM