Inter-American Court of Human Rights*
Case of Kimel v. Argentina
Judgment of May 2, 2008
(Merits, Reparations and Costs)

In the Case of Kimel,
the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (hereinafter, “the Inter-American Court,” or “the
Court”), composed of the following judges:
Cecilia Medina-Quiroga, President;
Diego García-Sayán, Vice-President;
Sergio García-Ramírez, Judge;
Manuel E. Ventura-Robles, Judge;
Margarette May Macaulay, Judge; and
Rhadys Abreu-Blondet, 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 29, 31, 53(2),
55, 56, and 58 of the Rules of Procedure of the Court (hereinafter, “the Rules of
Procedure”), delivers the following judgment.
On April 19, 2007, pursuant to the provisions of Articles 51 and 61 of the American
Convention, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (hereinafter, “the
Commission” or “the Inter-American Commission”) filed before the Court an application
against the Argentine Republic (hereinafter, “the State” or “Argentina”), originating in the
petition filed on December 6, 2000, by the Center for Legal and Social Studies (Centro de
Estudios Legales y Sociales, CELS) and by the Center for Justice and International Law
(Centro por la Justicia y el Derecho Internacional, CEJIL). On February 24, 2004, the
Commission approved Report No. 5/04, whereby it found the petition filed by Mr. Kimel to
On May 7, 2007, Judge Leonardo A. Franco, an Argentine national, informed the Court that he would be
unable to be present at the deliberation of the instant case, which was accepted by the President on that same day,
in consultation with the other members of the Court. As a result of the foregoing, on May 7, 2007, the State was
notified that, within the term of 30 days, it could designate a judge ad hoc to take part in the deliberation and
determination of this case. Said term expired without the State having made such designation.

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