INTER-AMERICAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS

CASE OF ARTAVIA MURILLO ET AL. (“IN VITRO FERTILIZATION”) v. COSTA RICA

JUDGMENT OF NOVEMBER 28, 2012
(Preliminary objections, merits, reparations and costs)

In the case of Artavia Murillo et al. (“In vitro fertilization”),
the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (hereinafter the “Inter-American Court” or the
“Court”) composed of the following judges: 1
Diego García-Sayán, President
Leonardo A. Franco, Judge
Margarette May Macaulay, Judge
Rhadys Abreu Blondet, Judge
Alberto Pérez Pérez, Judge, and
Eduardo Vio Grossi, Judge;
also present:
Pablo Saavedra Alessandri, Secretary, and
Emilia Segares Rodríguez, Deputy Secretary,
pursuant to Articles 62(3) and 63(1) of the American Convention on Human Rights
(hereinafter the “Convention” or the “American Convention”) and Articles 31, 32, 42, 65 and
67 of the Court’s Rules of Procedure 2 (hereinafter, the “Rules of Procedure”) delivers this
Judgment, which is structured in the following manner:

1
The Vice President of the Court, Judge Manuel E. Ventura Robles, a Costa Rican national, did not participate
in the processing of this case or in the deliberation and signing of this Judgment, pursuant to Article 19(1) of the
Court’s Rules of Procedure, applicable to this case (infra note 3) which states that “[i]n the cases referred to in
Article 44 of the Convention, a Judge who is a national of the respondent State shall not be able to participate in
the hearing and deliberation of the case.”
2

The Rules of Procedure approved by the Court at its eighty-fifth regular session held from November 16 to
28, 2009 which, pursuant to Article 78, entered into force on January 1, 2010.

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