When humans become migrants

A blog containing Marie-Bénédicte Dembour's 30 episode podcast to support her book.

Episode 27: Jesus Vélez Loor has a story worth turning into a film

No one human rights institution can deliver a perfect world. This is true even of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights which has been greatly praised in this series.   One weakness is that the Inter-American Court decides only a few cases a year. As a result only a limited number of victims find redress…

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Episode seventeen: What effects do we want human rights judgments to have?

If a human rights court knows that a state is going to resist a ruling of violation, should the court refrain from insisting that human rights have been violated and from ordering that the state change its ways? This episode contrasts how the Inter-American and European Courts approach this question. [podcast]https://blogs.brighton.ac.uk/humanrights/files/2015/05/hrm17_what_effects_do_judgments_have-1p6506z.mp3[/podcast] (If you have problems…

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Episode sixteen: The Inter-American Court is ready to stand up against states

In this episode I continue my exploration of the approach taken by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. In particular I focus upon the Yean and Bosico case which concerned two (unrelated) children of Haitian descent who were born in the Dominican Republic. [podcast]https://blogs.brighton.ac.uk/humanrights/files/2015/05/hrm16_haitians_in_the_dominican_republic-1iscjps.mp3[/podcast] (If you have problems with the embedded player use this link…

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Episode fifteen: How the Inter-American Court takes a different approach to human rights

How does the approach of the Costa Rica-based Inter-American Court of Human Rights compare to that of the European Court of Human Rights? We start exploring this question through two cases that involved Mexico and the US. Both cases gave rise to advisory opinions. In the first, the Inter-American Court explained how it thought human…

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Episode six: The different approach of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights

In this episode, we turn to another system of human rights protection and see that the Inter-American Court of Human Rights has made pronouncements which are intended to give rights to migrants. [podcast]https://blogs.brighton.ac.uk/humanrights/files/2015/02/hrm6_the_inter-american_court_on_nationality-1oi78iu.mp3[/podcast] I examine what happened more than thirty years ago, when Costa Rica was facing an influx of refugees from war-thorn neighbouring Nicaragua….

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