ORDER OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE
INTER-AMERICAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS
OF MARCH 20, 2012
CASE OF GUDIEL ÁLVAREZ ET AL V. GUATEMALA

HAVING SEEN:
1.
The brief submitting the case filed by the Inter-American Commission on
Human Rights (hereinafter, “the Inter-American Commission” or “the Commission”)
with the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (hereinafter, “the Inter-American
Court", “the Court” or “the Tribunal”) on February 18, 2011, and the annexes
thereto, by means of which it offered three expert opinions.
2.
The brief containing pleadings, motions and evidence (hereinafter, the “brief
of pleadings and motions”) submitted by the representatives of the alleged victims
(hereinafter, also the "representatives") of July 11, 2011 and the annexes thereto,
in which they offered six statements of the alleged victims and seven expert
opinions.1 One expert witness has not been identified. Finally, they requested the
Court to order the State to present the testimony of Mr. Adolfo Lopez, deputy
prosecutor of the Public Prosecutors’ Office.
3.
The note of the Secretariat of the Inter-American Court (hereinafter, the
"Secretariat") of July 26, 2011, by means of which, on the instructions of the
President of the Tribunal, the representatives were required to present, no later
than August 9, 2011, the identity of the unidentified expert witness and his or her
curriculum vitae, among other piece of information.
4.
The brief containing the answer of the brief submitting the case and of
observations to the brief of pleadings and motions (hereinafter, “brief containing
the answer”) filed by the Republic of Guatemala (hereinafter, also the “State” or
“Guatemala”) on October 18, 2011, and the annexes thereto, by means of which it
offered two expert opinions.
5.
The notes of the Secretariat of the Inter-American Court of November 1,
2011, by means of which, on the instructions of the President and according to
article 46.1 of the Rules of Procedure of the Tribunal 2 (hereinafter, the “Rules of
Procedure”), the Commission, the representatives and the State were requested,
inter alia, to forward, no later than November 16, 2011, their respective definitive
lists of declarants (hereinafter, the “definitive lists”) and, based on the principle of
procedural economy, indicate which declarants can render their statements or
expert opinions through affidavit.
6.
The briefs of November 16, 2011, by means of which the Inter-American
Commission and the representatives requested an extension of seven and five
days, respectively, to present the definitive lists.
1

The alleged victims in the instant case appointed Fundación Myrna Mack and the International
Human Rights Law Clinic, of the UC Berkeley School of Law (IHRLC) as their representatives.
2

Rules of Procedure approved by the Court during its LXXXV Ordinary Period of Sessions, held
from November 16 to 28, 2009.

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