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Clarity and Compliance in the Inter-American Human Rights System

November 10th, 2011
5:00 PM

Greenleaf Conference Room, 100a Jones Hall

A Lecture Featuring Jeff Staton.

Clarity and Compliance in the Inter-American Human Rights System: Evaluating Remedies to Human Rights Violations

The Organization of American States’ Inter-American Court of Human Rights is charged with the difficult task of promoting the observance and defense of human rights in the region. Given its contentious jurisdiction, how clear is the court in expressing its remedies to human rights violations and how do States react towards these remedies? A highly detailed, public monitoring system for decisions of the Court provides insight and enables a test of a judicial policy implementation model.

Professor Jeffrey K. Staton of Emory University will address these questions at a lecture hosted by the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research on November 10, 2011. His research suggests clarity lowers resistance to court orders given by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, yet uncertainty about the relationship between policy means and policy ends renders these orders less clear. The findings are consistent with general claims about the inter-dependence of the judicial policy-making process, and suggest that though the Court can create pressure for the implementation of its orders, it has strong incentives to be prudent.

Jeffrey K. Staton is Associate Professor of Political Science at Emory University. His research centers on several challenges of using international and domestic legal institutions to constrain governments and promote orderly societies. He is the author of Judicial Power and Strategic Communication in Mexico (Cambridge University Press, 2010). His articles have appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, and International Organization. Professor Staton was previously Assistant Professor of Political Science at Florida State University and a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at University of California, San Diego and at the New York University School of Law. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Washington University in St. Louis.

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