The Right to Water and Vulnerable Populations: Whose Voices are Heard in the UN CESCR Monitoring Mechanism?

New article by Thalia Viveros-Uehara Civil society has long demanded that human rights monitoring mechanisms be accessible not only for big international NGOs, but also for grassroots and domestic civil society organizations. Ensuring equal participation in these procedures has never been timelier as increasing socioeconomic inequalities widen the barriers for vulnerable populations to engage in […]

Brazilian elections: can abortion be a key factor?

Lívia Buzolin (2022)

New blogpost by Lívia Buzolin Abortion is a topic that has been mobilised in the ongoing Brazilian electoral debates to attract votes or, at least, to make the opponent lose them. Even though abortion is legal in cases of rape, risk to the woman’s life or health, risk of severe foetal malformation, and in case […]

Abortion rights lawfare: politicization, activism, and backlash

Siri Gloppen (2022)

New blog post by Siri Gloppen Abortion is central to politics across the globe in unprecedented ways. Abortion was key to President Bolsonaro’s election campaign ahead of the 2 October elections in Brazil; it has repeatedly brought people to the streets in Poland, Ireland, and across much of Latin America – in some cases resulting […]

Water Rights Struggles in Johannesburg and Detroit Revisited: Looking Beyond Courts at the Politics and Power of Rights- Based Legal Mobilization in a Neoliberal Global Order: A ‘Powerpack’ Analysis

New article by Jackie Dugard Responding to the limits of court-based analyses and top-down position-taking in prevailing legal mobilization scholarship, this article goes beyond the courtroom to explore the value of rights-based legal mobilization from the perspective of those engaged in the campaigns to challenge racialized water disconnection in Johannesburg (2004–9) and Detroit (2014–). Against […]

Reunification philosophy, practice and research: We can do better for families

Jill Duerr Berrick (2022)

Blogpost by Jill Duerr Berrick, Zellerbach Family Foundation Professor at U.C. Berkeley, U.S., and Professor II at the Centre for Research on Discretion and Paternalism, UiB, Norway. How can we help parents and children to reunify after a child protection removal of a child? Sadly, very few programs and services available for professionals today can document […]

The Limits of Judicialization. From Progress to Backlash in Latin America

New book by Sandra Botero, Daniel M. Brinks and Ezequiel A. Gonzalez-Ocantos (Eds.) Latin America was one of the earliest and most enthusiastic adopters of what has come to be known as the judicialization of politics – the use of law and legal institutions as tools of social contestation to curb the abuse of power […]

Water Rights Book

Bruce M. Wilson and Evelyn Villarreal F. (2022)

San José, C.R. : PEN-CONARE. p. 223.

New book by Professor Bruce M. Wilson, University of Central Florida/CMI/LawTransform & Evelyn Villarreal F., research coordinator at the Programa Estado de la Nación The book El agua como derecho humano: Reconocimientos y disputas en Costa Rica (Water as a Human Right: Recognitions and Disputes in Costa Rica) analyzes the role of the human right to water […]

Mujeres en la judicatura en Guatemala. Experiencias entre profesionalización y captura política

Rachel Sieder, Ana Braconnier and Camila De León (2022)

This report in Spanish analyses the situation of women judges in Guatemala, revealing the specifically gendered pressures they experience to limit their independence. By focusing on women’s experiences of becoming and working as judges, the authors contribute to the understanding of limits to judicial independence and processes of state capture in fragile states, as well […]

Family connections for children in long-term care, guardianship or open adoption

Wright, Amy Conley and Judy Cashmore (2022)

New blogpost by Professor Amy Conley Wright & Professor Judy Cashmore, Research Centre for Children and Families, The University of Sydney. In Australia there is developed a comprehensive set of tools to facilitate and ensure positive, safe and child-centred relationships for children in care and their birth family, that other countries may benefit from. The […]

Direito e gênero: reflexões plurais sobre teorias feministas

Cunha, Luciana Gross and Lívia Gonçalves Buzolin (2022)

New publication from researchers affiliated with our partner institution Getulio Vargas Foundation São Paulo School of Law. Our PhD guest researcher Ana Côrtes contributes with the first chapter which addresses MacKinnon and the law as a tool for the emancipation of women. The following chapters address MacKinnon’s sex equality and the evolution of the family […]