Inter-American Court of Human Rights Law and Legal Definition

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights is an autonomous judicial organ of the Organization of American States that has the power to conduct investigations into alleged human rights violations and to recommend measures for the protection of human rights. The Inter-American Court of Human Rights was established in 1979 and it is located in the city of San José, Costa Rica. It is an important organization of the human rights protection system.

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights was established for enforcing and interpreting the provisions of the American Convention on Human Rights. They have both the adjudicatory and advisory powers. While exercising its adjuratory power they generally hear and decide upon the matters that are referred to them. Under their advisory power they issue opinions on matters of legal interpretation to the member states.