Gerald Rosenberg’s 1991 book “The Hollow Hope”, one of the most cited works in socio-legal studies, forcefully argued that litigation is unlikely to bring significant social change. A quarter of a century later, it remains the standard reference, placing the onus of proof on those who see lawfare as a path to social transformation to present convincing evidence. Many would argue that the recent developments regarding same sex marriage in the United States – where litigation has been central – challenges Rosenberg’s view. In this lecture he gives his analysis. Following the lecture there will be comments from an expert panel before the floor is opened for general debate.
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Gerald N. Rosenberg teaches political science and law at the University of Chicago Law School.