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The Protection of Victims in Situations of Great Adversity or Defencelessness – I

Antônio Augusto Cançado Trindade

in The Access of Individuals to International Justice

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199580958
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191728785 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580958.003.0008

Series: Collected Courses of the Academy of European Law

The Protection of Victims in Situations of Great Adversity or Defencelessness – I

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It is significant that the need to secure the individuals' access to justice in the most adverse circumstances has been acknowledged in international case-law in recent years. Such has been the case, for example, of undocumented migrants. Special attention has been devoted to them in the recent case-law of both the European and the Inter-American Courts of Human Rights.This latter has issued two Advisory Opinions of historical importance, namely, Advisory Opinion n. 16 on the Right to Information on Consular Assistance in the Framework of the Due Process of Law (1999), and Advisory Opinion n. 18 on the Juridical Condition and Rights of Undocumented Migrants.

Keywords: access to justice in adverse circumstances; undocumented migrants; consular assistance; right to information; guarantees of due process of law; Advisory Opinions

Chapter.  10415 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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