Section I: Introduction

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The World Court of Human Rights Project is a collaborative effort of judges, lawyers, academics, practitioners, and nonprofit groups dedicated to the theory and practice of court-based protections of human rights. The goal of the project is to design a court that implements, affirms, and promotes unequivocal respect for human rights globally. The Court also would provide areas of human rights protection that are currently underserved by existing public law structures, such as the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and the International Criminal Court (ICC), and existing regional courts of human rights.

The Design Team represents major legal systems around the world and provides a balance of gender, race, ethnicity, and culture. Over the past several years, Chief Justices of the World, lawyers, academics, and practitioners have worked together to clarify the need for the court, draft its Statute, and identify its guiding bodies of law. The Statute was presented at the plenary session of the 15th annual World Judiciary Summit, in Lucknow India, in December 2014. A draft copy of the Statute can also be found on the World Court of Human Rights' website: or click here.

The creation and operation of the World Court of Human Rights will not be without significant consideration and cost. As you are a recognized leader, we seek your valuable feedback on the feasibility of the court. Specifically, the Design Team is seeking your guidance and feedback on its overall purpose, importance, and operations. Please provide your initial reactions and feedback on the following pages. The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.