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Schmitt: Access to Justice and International Organizations: The Case of Individual Victims of Human Rights Violations

Schmitt: Access to Justice and International Organizations: The Case of Individual Victims of Human Rights Violations

Pierre Schmitt (Legal Secretary, General Court of the European Union) has published Access to Justice and International Organizations: The Case of Individual Victims of Human Rights Violations (Edward Elgar Publishing 2017). Here’s the abstract:

This groundbreaking book offers a compelling articulation of the right of access to justice for individuals facing human rights violations by international organizations. Following an examination of the human rights obligations of a variety of international organizations, the author scrutinizes their dispute settlement mechanisms as well as the conflict between their immunities and the right of access to justice before national jurisdictions.

Highlighting recent examples, such as the cholera outbreak in Haiti, this book reveals how individual victims of human rights violations by international organizations are frequently left in the cold, due to the lack of an independent, impartial dispute settlement mechanism before which they can file such claims. Considering both global mechanisms and current mechanisms established by international organizations such as administrative jurisdictions for employment-related disputes, Pierre Schmitt finds that they either are not competent or that they have a limited scope. He concludes by offering normative proposals addressed both to international organizations and to national judges confronted with such cases.

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