The authors examine the role of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in its efforts to impose accountability for human rights violations in Latin America. They suggest that because domestic enforcement mechanisms are irreconcilably deficient in this task, accountability must emanate from beyond the state. They test this contention by examining one of the most challenging nations in the region – Guatemala.
Warner, Edward H. and Jeffery Davis. "Reaching Beyond the State: Judicial Independence, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and Accountability in Guatemala." Journal of Human Rights 6, no. 2 (2007): 233-255. Reprinted in International Law: Contemporary Issues and Future Problems, edited by Sanford R. Silverburg. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, forthcoming 2011.