“Friends of the court” making the most of Amicus Curiae with UN Treaty Bodies

Author: Vincent Ploton
Published: 18.04.2022
The practice of submitting Third Party Interventions (TPIs) – also known as Amicus Curiae briefs – is well established in Commonwealth jurisdictions, and it has become common practice within regional mechanisms such as the Inter-American and European Courts of Human Rights, and the African Court on Human and Peoples’ rights. Similarly, most of the eight UN Treaty Bodies (UNTBs) mandated to review individual communications (ICs) have also received TPIs. Although the amount of TPIs submitted to the UNTBs is nowhere commensurate to those submitted to regional courts, it is growing. A new resource published by the International Service for Human…