Transnational Investigation in Criminal Procedure and the Protection of Victims of Serious Human Rights Violations in Latin American Constitutional Jurisprudence

  • Alexei Julio-Estrada


Based on (1) the analysis of two recent cases in Colombia, (2) changes affecting criminal procedure dogmatism and (3) a synthesis of international treaties, local jurisprudence and Latin American jurisprudence, the author wish to point out the existence of complex legal problems for the effective protection of victims’ rights within justice international cooperation processes, although some progress has recently been made. The goal is to suggest rules and regulations that make it possible to achieve a balance between the accused and the victim’s rights, and therefore boost the legitimacy of both domestic and international criminal systems.


Restorative Justice International Criminal Rome Statute Criminal Procedure Legal Assistance 
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American Convention on Human Rights


Code of Criminal Procedure


Inter-American Commission of Human Rights


Inter-American Court of Human Rights


International Criminal Court


International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights


Supreme Court of Justice


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Externado University of ColombiaBogotá D.C.Colombia

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