Litigating human rights: Amnesty International in the Pinochet case

Between 1998 and 2000, Amnesty International was directly involved in the legal proceedings to bring former Chilean President Augusto Pinochet to trial for his alleged involvement in the commission of crimes under international law.

General Pinochet’s arrest in the United Kingdom was the culmination of years of campaigning by the families of the victims.

 

Litigation in the Pinochet case was also the culmination of years of research by Amnesty International into the crimes under international law committed in Chile since 1973.

 

This post lists the public documents published by Amnesty International in relation to the proceedings of the Pinochet case in the United Kingdom. A timeline of key developments in the several strands of the Pinochet case can be found here.

This post is dedicated to the memory of Christopher Keith Hall

 

Phase I: Proceedings before the High Court and the House of Lords

Proceedings before the High Court

17 October 1998: General Pinochet is arrested in London

Proceedings before the House of Lords

25 November 1998: first House of Lords judgment – Judgment of the House of Lords, Regina v. Bartle and the Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis and others, Ex Parte Pinochet (on appeal from a Divisional Court of the Queen’s Bench Division); Regina v. Evans and another and the Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis and others, Ex Parte Pinochet (on appeal from a Divisional Court of the Queen’s Bench Division), 25 November 1998

24 March 1999: second House of Lords judgment – Judgment of the House of Lords, Regina v. Bartle and the Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis and Others Ex Parte Pinochet; Regina v. Evans and Another and the Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis and Others Ex Parte Pinochet (On Appeal from a Divisional Court of the Queen’s Bench Division), 24 March 1999

8 October 1999: A UK court orders the extradition of General Pinochet to Spain

3 December 1999: High Court of Justice, Queen’s Bench Division, In the matter of Augusto Pinochet Ugarte and In the matter of an application for a writ of habeas corpus ad subjiciendum, Decision, 3 December 1999

Chile - desaparecidos

Phase II: Judicial review case

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A tribute to Christopher Keith Hall, international justice advocate (1946-2013)

Christopher Keith Hall

Christopher Keith Hall

Christopher Keith Hall, Senior Legal Adviser with the International Justice Project of Amnesty International, died in London on Monday 27 May, 2013.

Christopher was a passionate human rights activist and an ambitious visionary. He was wholeheartedly committed to the cause of international justice, lending his brilliant legal mind to the design of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and to the advancement of universal jurisdiction.

His rigorous precision and attention to detail, with respect to both legal notions and language, was legendary among his colleagues. He loved to recall the motto his then boss had impressed upon him during his first days in Amnesty International’s legal office: “accuracy, accuracy, accuracy”. Such a high standard is reflected in his written work, not only for Amnesty International but also in countless academic publications.

Despite his enormous contribution to the development of international criminal law and to Amnesty International’s reputation, he was incredibly humble. He probably never realised that the authority with which Amnesty International now speaks on issues of international justice is, in fact, the authority he personally built in years of work.

He was a brilliant mentor, generous with knowledge, time and advice. Over nearly 25 years at Amnesty International he trained, encouraged and supported two generations of human rights activists, who now continue his work not only at Amnesty International but also in other NGOs, international organisations and academia. I have the privilege to be one of them.