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Cause Lawyering and the State in a Global Era$
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Austin Sarat and Stuart Scheingold

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195141177

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195141172.001.0001

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Latin American Cause‐Lawyering Networks

Latin American Cause‐Lawyering Networks

(p.307) Chapter 12 Latin American Cause‐Lawyering Networks
Cause Lawyering and the State in a Global Era

Stephen Meili

Oxford University Press

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

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