Latin American Cause‐Lawyering Networks

Stephen Meili

in Cause Lawyering and the State in a Global Era

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780195141177
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199871391 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Socio-Legal Studies

 Latin American Cause‐Lawyering Networks

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This chapter examines the formation, role, and dynamics of cause lawyer networks in postauthoritarian Latin America, and the linkages between such networks and the processes of globalization and democratization. In this context, it considers the extent to which their origins and sources of financial support (much of which comes from abroad) affect their agendas, legitimacy, and effectiveness. However, while globalization provides opportunities for cause lawyer networks to benefit from external alliances, the extension of the rule of law to newly emerging democracies may constitute another form of imperialism and neocolonialism.

Keywords: cause lawyers; democratization; globalization; Latin America

Chapter.  12151 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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