On Jurisdictional Conversations: Why do the European Court of Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights cite each other’s judgements?


Friday, April 29, 2016, 12:00pm to 1:00pm


RCC Seminar Room, 26 Trowbridge St., Cambridge, MA 02138

RCC is pleased to announce this talk by María Díaz CregoVisiting Fellow at the Human Rights Program, Harvard Law School.

The use of foreign precedents by Courts still remains a matter of great theoretical and practical importance. The doctrinal positions on the so- called “transjudicial communication” are divergent. Some authors criticise the phenomenon for introducing random and unjustifiable criteria of interpretation into a particular legal system while some others see it as an opportunity to enrich and legitimize the decision- making process at a jurisdictional level. We will explore those theoretical approaches in the specific context of the constant communication between the European Court of Human Rights and the Inter- American Court of Human Rights.

Sponsors: Human Rights Program, Harvard Law School and Real Colegio Complutense

Contact Kim Conant

See also: Law, Harvard, Cambridge