Inter-American Court of Human Rights
Case of Barrios Altos et al. v. Peru
Judgment of September 3, 2001
(Interpretation of the Judgment of the Merits)

In the Barrios Altos Case,
the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (hereinafter “the Court” or “the InterAmerican Court”), composed of the following judges*:
Antônio A. Cançado Trindade, President;
Hernán Salgado Pesantes, Judge;
Alirio Abreu Burelli, Judge;
Sergio García Ramírez, Judge, and
Carlos Vicente de Roux Rengifo, Judge;
Also present:
Manuel E. Ventura Robles, Secretary, and
Pablo Saavedra Alessandri, Deputy Secretary,
pursuant to Article 67 of the American Convention on Human Rights (hereinafter “the
Convention” or “the American Convention”) and Article 58 of the Court’s Rules of
Procedure (hereinafter “the Rules of Procedure”)** decides the following request filed
by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (hereinafter “the Commission”
or “the Inter-American Commission”) on June 20, 2001, seeking an interpretation of
the judgment that the Court delivered on March 14, 2001, on the merits of the
Barrios Altos Case (hereinafter “the judgment on the merits”).
I
COMPETENCE AND COMPOSITION
OF THE COURT
1.

Article 67 of the Convention provides that:
The judgment of the Court shall be final and not subject to appeal. In case of
disagreement as to the meaning or scope of the judgment, the Court shall interpret it at
the request of any of the parties, provided the request is made within ninety days from
the date of notification of the judgment.

Under that article, the Court is competent to interpret its own judgments.
When considering a request for interpretation, the Court shall be composed,
*

Judge Máximo Pacheco Gómez informed the Court that for reasons of force majeure, he was
unable to participate in the deliberations on this Judgment or affix his name thereto. Judge Oliver
Jackman did not participate in the deliberations on and rendering of the judgment because he did not
participate in the judgment on the merits.
**

In keeping with the Court’s March 13, 2001 Order on the Transitory Provisions of the Court’s
Rules of Procedure, this judgment on the interpretation of the judgment on the merits of the case is
delivered in accordance with the Rules of Procedure approved by the Court on September 16, 1996.

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