This chapter discusses the regional human rights systems in the Americas, Europe and Africa. Part 1 covers the procedures under both the Inter-American Commission and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, which include the general petition process and the one under the American Convention. Also covered are the thematic hearings before the Commission. Part 2 covers the European Court of Human Rights, including the use of Protocols and the admissibility of individual complaints. Also included are the Court's mechanisms for navigating a serious backlog of cases, the types of remedies the Court can demand from States Parties, and the role of the Council of Europe in the Court's administration. Lastly, Part 3 covers the procedures under both the African Commission and the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, which include the obtaining NGO observer status, attending Commission sessions, submitting shadow reports, writing amicus briefs, and submitting individual communications.
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