Inter-American Court of Human Rights has new judges in 2013

January, 1 2013- The Inter-American Court of Human Rights has a new composition: Judge Diego García Sayán, President; Judge Manuel E. Ventura Robles, Vice-president; Judge Eduardo Vio Grossi; Judge Alberto Pérez Pérez; Judge Eduardo Ferrer Mac-Gregor Poisot; Judge Humberto Sierra Porto and Judge Roberto de Figueiredo Caldas.

This new panel of judges reflects the results of the elections held on July 5, 2012 at the OAS General Assembly in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

Three out of seven seats were filled by Eduardo Ferrer Mac-Gregor Poisot (Mexico), Humberto Sierra Porto (Colombia) and Roberto de Figueiredo Caldas (Brazil).

In 2012 the second term of the Court´s Vice-president Leonardo Franco (Argentina) and the first term of the female judges Rhadys Abreu Blondet (Dominican Republic) and Margaret May Macaulay (Jamaica) expired. The latter two were nominated for re-election but were not selected.

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights is composed of seven judges who must be nationals of the OAS Member States. Terms last six years and judges can be re-elected only once.They are elected at the OAS General Assembly as individuals by the States Parties to the American Convention on Human Rights from a list of candidates nominated by those States. Under Article 9 of the statute, the elections were by secret ballot and by an absolute majority.

For more information about Inter-American Court elections:

-Read article 53 from Chapter VIII of the American Convention on Human Rights

-Read the Statute of the Inter-American Court