Nijmegen Principles and Guidelines on Interim Measures for the Protection of Human Rights
The Nijmegen Principles and Guidelines on Interim Measures for the Protection of Human Rights have been drafted by a cross-regional group of scholars and (legal) practitioners from different countries who joined forces to discuss common principles underlying the practices of various adjudicators to take urgent decisions aimed at preventing violations. They comprise both legal obligations of States in the context of urgent human rights adjudication and guidelines on good practices based on our research findings involving the UN and the three regional human rights treaty systems.
Nijmegen Principles 2021: based on research findings
Since the 1990s, the group of scholars and practitioners has been conducting research on the role of independent international bodies, both courts and quasi-judicial bodies (hereinafter international adjudicators), in urgent human rights situations that may lead to irreparable harm. This research is reflected in, among others, a recently published book, entitled Urgency and Human Rights, The Protective Potential and Legitimacy of Interim Measures (Asser Press, 2021). The text of the Nijmegen Principles was confirmed at online meetings on April 29 and May 26, 2021. The Nijmegen Principles 2021 confirm, and have been inspired by, the mature systems of interim measures that the various adjudicators have developed.
The Nijmegen Principles 2021
A brief explanation of the Nijmegen Principles and Guidelines on Interim Measures for the Protection of Human Rights.
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The Nijmegen Principles 2021 and other principles and guidelines
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