Policy and Practice Research Lab 

Notre Dame Reparations Design and Compliance

PI'sDiane Desierto (human rights law and global affairs), Aníbal Pérez-Liñán (political science and global affairs)
Jointly with the Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights

The Notre Dame Reparations Design and Compliance Lab focuses on the question: Under what conditions do states comply with orders of international tribunals in cases involving human rights?

Led by Faculty Fellows Diane Desierto an associate professor of human rights law and global affairs at the Keough School for Global Affairs, and Aníbal Pérez-Liñán, a professor of political science and global affairs who holds a joint appointment in the Department of Political Science and the Keough School, the lab develops and tests methodologies to assess state compliance with reparative orders of international adjudication bodies, such as the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the World Bank Inspection Panel. The project will draw on quantitative and qualitative tools in political science and law to integrate teaching, research, and outreach.

The Reparations Lab (RL) is jointly funded by Kellogg and the Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights, and will collaborate with external institutions on three goals:

  • Developing a research agenda around compliance with human rights measures
  • Training Notre Dame students and international legal scholars on methodologies to assess compliance
  • Collaborating with international adjudication bodies to produce reliable information and improve compliance patterns


The lab will enable scholars to conduct comparative research into the design and effectiveness of reparative judgments; orient the strategic framing of human rights reparations to facilitate stakeholders’ monitoring of state compliance with reparative measures; and to contribute to ongoing reform debates on the power and procedures of international human rights tribunals.

The Reparations Lab’s work is expected to produce a variety of publications,  several courses for the Keough School and the College of Arts and Letters, compliance reports for international tribunals, and at least two public databases on compliance with international courts.

 

Lab PI'sDiane Desierto (human rights law and global affairs), Aníbal Pérez-Liñán (political science and global affairs)

Students Collaborating with the Reparations Lab, Spring 2020 (by Project)

Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR)

  • Graduate students: Mariana Brocca (LLM), Belen Carriedo (MGA), Carmen Haydeé López (LLM), Isabel Anayanssi Orizaga Inzunza (LLM)
  • Undergraduate students: Sara Atassi, Ronan King, Allison Morcus, Shea Smith
     

Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACtHR)

  • Graduate students: Angie García (LLM)
  • Undergraduate students: Ana Olavarrieta Trejo
     

World Bank Inspection Panel

  • Graduate students: Khawla Wakkaf (JSD), Rachel Gagnon (MGA), María Treviño Salce (LLM), Zixu Wang (LLM)
  • Undergraduate students: Samantha Bader, Lexi Becker, Sydney Brown, Emma Dudrick, Elizabeth Mellor
Reports

 

  • SUMMARY OF THE EXPERT WORKSHOP —“Rethinking Compliance and Reparations in International Law”

  • ReportIACtHR2019.pdf:  In this document, we advance a methodological proposal to assess levels of compliance with decisions of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. The document presents historical trends, introduces the new methodology, and offers an analysis of 238 cases (1,782 reparation measures) decided by the Court by the end of 2018.

  • ReportIACtHR2020.pdf:  We registered actual dates of compliance for reparation measures ordered by the IACtHR, and compared them to the date of Court resolutions acknowledging compliance. The creation of the Supervision Unit in 2015 shortened the time between compliance and acknowledgment by several months. Analyses using the two dates differ slightly.

  • ReportIACtHR2020-2.pdf:  In this document, we analyze the effect of supervision hearings on state compliance with reparation measures ordered by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACtHR). Our study covers all reparation measures awaiting compliance between 2007 and 2019.

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