ORDER OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE
INTER-AMERICAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS
DECEMBER 20, 2012
CASE OF GUTIÉRREZ AND FAMILY V. ARGENTINA
HAVING SEEN:

1.
The brief submitting the case presented by the Inter-American Commission on
Human Rights (hereinafter “the Inter-American Commission” or “the Commission”) before
the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (hereinafter “the Inter-American Court” or “the
Court”) on August 19, 2011, in which it offered one expert opinion. The Commission
indicated the object of the expert opinion without naming the expert witness who would
render it.
2.
The note of September 7, 2011, in which the Secretariat of the Court (hereinafter
the “Secretariat”) informed the Commission that it would await information on the name of
the expert witness not identified, together with the submission of his curriculum vitae.
3.
The communication of September 9, 2011, in which the Commission provided the
name of the expert witness offered and forwarded his curriculum vitae.
4.
The brief of pleadings, motions and evidence (hereinafter “brief of pleadings and
motions”) submitted by the representatives of the alleged victims (hereinafter “the
representatives”) 1 on March 26, 2012, in which they offered the statements of one witness,
six alleged victims and ten expert opinions.
5.
The brief of July 27, 2012, in which the Argentine Republic (hereinafter, “the State”
or “Argentina”) presented its answer to the submission of the case and its observations to
the brief of pleadings, motions and evidence (hereinafter, “answer brief”). The State
expressed its willingness to “accept the conclusions contained in the Report on the Merits
adopted by the Inter-American Commission, in accordance with Article 50 of the American
Convention [on Human Rights], as well as the legal consequences stemming therefrom.”
The State did not offer testimonial or expert evidence.
6.
The note of November 16, 2012, in which the Secretariat, following the instructions
of the President, and in accordance with Article 46(1) of the Court’s Rules of Procedure 2
(hereinafter “the Rules”), asked the Commission and the representatives to submit their
respective definitive lists of deponents (hereinafter “definitive lists”) no later than November
30, 2012, and, for reasons of procedural economy, to indicate which deponents could
render their statements by affidavit and which should be summoned to testify at a public
hearing.

1
The alleged victims appointed the Center for Legal and Social Studies (CELS) and the Center for Justice
and International Law (CEJIL/ Argentina) as their representatives.
2

Rules of Procedure approved by the Court during its Eighty-fifth Regular Period of Sessions held on
November 16 to 28, 2009.

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