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Remedies in International Human Rights Law$
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Dinah Shelton

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199207534

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199207534.001.0001

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Costs and Fees

Costs and Fees

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Remedies in International Human Rights Law


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The lack of financial resources can be a major hindrance to recourse to international or national human rights mechanisms. Despite the obvious need of many applicants to legal aid, no issue divided international tribunals in their early jurisprudence as much as the issue of awards of costs and attorneys' fees. In national legal systems, fees are often awarded and the amount is usually calculated on the basis of the number of hours reasonably expended during the litigation, multiplied by a reasonable hourly rate. Attorneys who bring human rights cases need to be paid because fee awards encourage them to represent victims who are often indigent, social outcasts, or marginalised.

Keywords:   remedies, human rights, human rights mechanisms, international tribunals, attorneys' fees, legal costs

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