While each judicial or quasi-judicial body generally makes its decisions available on its own website, such databases are often difficult to effectively search and their content is limited. However, other online databases allow users to search the case law of multiple bodies simultaneously. This page provides links to the best available search facilities, arranged by scope. In addition to case-specific decisions, researchers should not overlook general treaty interpretation (such as the UN treaty bodies’ General Comments and UN special rapporteurs’ reports) or human rights monitoring bodies’ reports on States’ compliance with their treaty obligations. Further, domestic courts’ decisions are an important and often rich source of international law interpretation and application.
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This information sheet is a summary of important aspects of Guatemalan criminal procedure. It is meant to assist U.S. citizens in understanding the basics of the Guatemalan judicial system. It is not intended as a guide for self-representation.
Guatemala has a republican, democratic, and representative form of government (Article 140 of the Political Constitution). From a centralized view of the state (1965 Constitution), there has been an evolution to the current supreme legal framework of the Republic of Guatemala in Central America (the 1985 Constitution), which enshrines the primacy of the human person as the subject and purpose of social order (Preamble), as a response to humanist trends of thought.
Legislationline.org provides direct access to international norms and standards relating to specific human dimension issues (see list of topics on left-hand column) as well as to domestic legislation and other documents of relevance to these issues. These data and other information available from the site are intended for lawmakers across the OSCE region.
The Romanian Law has evolved a lot in the last years, in multiple directions: it has to reflect the Romanian reality requirements, and it has to be in compliance with the European Community Legislation. This Section is dedicated to those interested in different Romanian Law aspects and its purpose is purely informative, for a first contact with the main problems in the discussed topics. The documents don’t have an official character but they present a Romanian Law specialist opinion.
This is an online guide to Romanian legal research. It provides information and links to print and online resources and is aimed primarily at researchers outside of Romania needing an overview of Romanian legal research.
The Special Rapporteur takes up, with the States concerned, individual cases of human rights violations committed against defenders. This website provides an introduction to the procedure upon the submission of complaints, and guidelines for submitting complaints to the special rapporteur.
The HRC Complaint Procedure allows individuals and organizations to bring human rights violations to the attention of the Council. This website explains how the complaint procedure works, what the criteria are for acceptable communications, and how to submit communications.