Compliance Theory and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights


This essay fills a gap by exploring compliance theory in international law in relation to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. After introducing the topic and setting the context, it delves into the question of why nations follow international law. Interacting with prominent theoretical models (including the managerial model, fairness and legitimacy, transnational legal process, self-interest, and a comparative perspective with Europe), it arrives at a critical synthesis in the conclusion.


Civil Rights and Discrimination | Human Rights Law | International Law | Law and Society

Date of this Version

March 2005