The fundamental role of regional human rights courts in inciting social and health policy change

Lucile Thirard


This case comment is an analysis on a a report by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. This case shows a fundamental shift in State compliance to the non-binding measures of the Court. While the compliance can be explained by political motives, it still ensures a further promotion and protection of human rights. In this case, HIV-infected servicemen were discharged from the Mexican military. In this instance, Mexico's compliance with the IACHR's recommendations may have positive effect on the reduction or even elimination of the spread of HIV/AIDS in the country as well as the region.

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