The Impact of the Inter-American Human Rights System: Current Achievements and Future Challenges

Executive Summary
This briefing outlines the principal conclusions and policy implications of the inaugural workshop of the Inter-American Human Rights Network, held in Mexico City in October 2014. The workshop discussions suggest that while impact is shaped by a number of factors, the Inter-American Human Rights System (IAHRS) is likely to be most effective where its various mechanisms are employed in a coordinated fashion; where its decisions attract widespread media attention; and where domestic actors utilise its rulings and precedents to further their own efforts to bring about national-level policy change. In seeking to expand its impact in the future, the IAHRS will need to overcome challenges related to its financing and authority, address shortcomings in the collection of data on its activities, and effectively manage the potentially divergent interests of litigants and victims within the system.

English version available here.

Spanish version available here.

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