This course will explore the history of the Inter-American Human Rights System in the context of Latin America's process of self-discovery within the international community. While the study of caselaw will feature prominently, unlike other courses of its kind, this one will approach the system's jurisprudence not as isolated legal events giving rise to timeless and decontextualized precedents, but rather, as responses to specific challenges faced by Latin America within a specific time and place. The course will offer a bird's eye view of the System's key role in the formation of the region's particular international legal ethos. Students will be able to get to know the System in a much more nuanced way than by the sheer exploration of judgments and therefore attain a more comprehensive understanding of the Latin American legal experience, drawing lessons for the region's past, present and future.
The course is designed to be participatory, so students are expected to prepare readings in advance and engage with in-class discussions.
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