Lunch seminar with Damian Gonzalez-Salzberg

Translating violations of international human rights law into monetary sums to redress the suffering of the victims is not a simple task, but it is performed on a regular basis by international human rights courts. Within the Americas, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights has awarded monetary compensation for the violation of human rights for the last three decades. The Court’s practice has become an example referenced by some of the most important international courts, such as the International Court of Justice (2012) and the International Criminal Court (2017). Notwithstanding the relevance of the Court’s approach, an early examination of the Inter-American Court’s case law indicates that its practice lacks clarity and might even be inconsistent, calling into question the fairness of the legal rules and procedures in place.

My work within this area aims at providing a clear(er) picture of the Court’s practice for the quantification of damages. It examines the three decades of case law rendered by the Court, focusing (so far) on the quantification of non-pecuniary damage. The main objective of this work is to identify the criteria disclosed by the Court, testing their significance for the determination of the awards. My first finished output within this line of work has covered the Court’s case law concerning arbitrary deprivations of life. Currently, I am progressing this research with a focus on other human rights violations. In this seminar, I will present the conclusions reached in my finished article, together with the progress that I manage to achieve to date.

All interested are welcome to attend. Registration is not necessary.

Feel free to bring your own lunch bag.