Inter-American Court of Human Rights
Case of Cantos v. Argentina
Judgment of September 7, 2001
In the Cantos case,
the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (hereinafter “the Court” or “the InterAmerican Court”), composed as follows1:
Antônio A. Cançado Trindade, President
Hernán Salgado Pesantes, Judge
Oliver Jackman, Judge
Alirio Abreu Burelli, Judge
Sergio García Ramírez, Judge
Carlos Vicente de Roux Rengifo, Judge, and
Julio A. Barberis, Judge ad hoc,
Manuel E. Ventura Robles, Secretary, and
Pablo Saavedra Alessandri, Deputy Secretary
in accordance with Article 36 of its Rules of Procedure2 (hereinafter “the Rules of
Procedure”), delivers judgment on the preliminary objections filed by the Argentine
Republic (hereinafter “the State” or “Argentina”).
INTRODUCTION OF THE CASE
This case was submitted to the Court by the Inter-American Commission on
Human Rights (hereinafter “the Commission” or “the Inter-American Commission”)
on March 10, 1999. The Commission’s application arises from petition No. 11,636
received by its Secretariat on May 29, 1996.
FACTS SET FORTH IN THE APPLICATION
In its application, the Inter-American Commission set out the facts on which
the complaint is based. According to the Commission, at the beginning of the 1970s,
Judge Máximo Pacheco Gómez advised the Court that, owing to circumstances beyond his
control, he would be unable to attend the fifty-second session of the Court; therefore, he did not take part
in the deliberation and signature of this judgment.
In accordance with the order of the Court of March 13, 2001, on Transitory Provisions for the
Rules of Procedure of the Court, this judgment on preliminary objections was delivered under the Rules of
Procedure adopted by the order of the Court of September 16, 1996.