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The Late Antonio Cassese

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199691661

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199691661.001.0001

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The Future(s) of Regional Courts on Human Rights

The Future(s) of Regional Courts on Human Rights

(p.261) 21 The Future(s) of Regional Courts on Human Rights
Realizing Utopia

Malcolm D. Evans

Oxford University Press

This chapter offers a reflection on the future — or rather, the futures — of regional courts of human rights. There are as many futures as there are Courts, and each must take its own path, informed by the institutional parameters, jurisdictional competencies, and substantive criteria which are of relevance. These futures will be different and vary for each from time to time as the configurations and ambitions of the various regional bodies evolve over time. The future of the regional courts themselves is of considerably less significance than the realization of the tasks they were established to fulfil. While, then, it remains important that they are as well equipped as possible to fulfil their functions within their discrete regional and institutional settings, it is equally important to recognize that they must remain responsive to the changing political and intellectual configurations which continue to shape and reshape not only those regional and institutional settings themselves but which also form and reform the nature of the international community as a whole, in the interest of the human person which that community is there to serve.

Keywords:   regional courts, human rights courts, future, regional settings, institutional settings

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