Part III The Inter-American Element, 19 The Added Value of the Inter-American Human Rights System: Comparative Thoughts
Edited By: Armin von Bogdandy, Eduardo Ferrer Mac-Gregor, Mariela Morales Antoniazzi, Flávia Piovesan, Ximena Soley
Despite the fact that the European Court of Human Rights is prominent amongst international judicial actors, this contribution aims to demonstrate that the Inter-American Court has undeniable assets that deserve to be acknowledged. It is on the basis of a discretionary selection that the author intends to present three inter-American “added values.” The first concerns texts: The American Convention is in many ways more progressive than the European text of 1950. The second is functional: The Inter-American Court’s competence and powers are more important that the European Court’s. The third relates to dialogue: Relationships with domestic courts are particularly original compared to Europe. The Latin-American “laboratory” is more than ever at work in the area of human rights protection as it is in the constitutional field. Europe should be more aware of it.