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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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Constructing Law out of Power

Constructing Law out of Power

Investing in Human Rights as an Alternative Political Strategy

(p.354) Chapter 14 Constructing Law out of Power
Cause Lawyering and the State in a Global Era

Yves Dezalay

Bryant G. Garth (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the transnational linkages, patterns of exportation and continuing connections between cause lawyers in the U.S.A. and in Latin America, and how in each region they influence, and are influenced by, transformations in governance. It argues that human rights organizations and lawyers, funded largely by U.S. philanthropic foundations, mobilized the international community in efforts to stop local human rights abuses, and thereby played a leading role in challenging authoritarian regimes in Latin America and in paving the way for democratization. However, their very success has now weakened their influence, and it is questionable how firmly rooted their achievements will turn out to be.

Keywords:   cause lawyers, democratization, human rights, Latin America

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