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High Courts and Socio-Economic Rights in Latin America
Thu 24 November 2016, 17:30 – 19:00 GMT
Sandra Botero (Willamette University) - In recent decades, citizens in democracies of the global south have increasingly turned to courts seeking to solve political disputes and to enforce rights. Some scholars have a cautious view of the potential of courts to advance rights and view them as inconsequential or even detrimental. Others have a more optimist assessment of the role for courts in these arenas. Under what conditions can courts in developing democracies produce political and social change? More specifically, why do some rulings have a significant impact on socioeconomic rights while others have very little?
Dr. Sandra Botero (Ph.D. Political Science, University of Notre Dame) is an Assistant Professor of Politics at Willamette University. She received her PhD in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame in 2015. She specializes in comparative judicial politics and courts and politics in young democracies. Her first book project studies the role of high courts in advancing socioeconomic rights in Latin America. The book is based on research that received the 2016 Law and Society Association Award for the dissertation that best represents outstanding work in law and society research.
This event is part of the Latin American Political Economy –LAPE Seminar Series and it is free to attend, but registration is required. IMPORTANT NOTE on access to 51 Gordon Square: in order to secure the smooth delivery of the lectures or presentations, and for ease of logistics, access may be restricted after the start of the event. We will endeavour to accommodate late arrivals within our possibilities, but an early arrival is recommended to avoid disappointment.