Using case studies drawn from Latin America, Africa, India and Eastern Europe, this volue examines the role of courts as a channel for social transformation for excluded sectors of society in contemporary democracies. With a focus on social rightsd litigation in post-authoriatarian regimes or in the context of fragile state control, the contributors assess the role of judicial processes in altering (or perpetuating) social and economic inequalities and power relations in society. Drawing on interdisciplinary expertise in the fields of law, political theory and political science, the chapters address theoretical debates and present empirical case studies to examine recent trends in social rights litigation.
In this volume:
- Courts and Social Transformation: An Analytical Framework
- Courts under Construction in Angola: What can They do for the Poor?
Skaar, Elin and Josè Octavio Serra Van-Dunem
Using legal empowerment to curb corruption and advance accountability
Ukraine’s High Anti-Corruption Court. Innovation for impartial justice
Ivanna Y. Kuz, Matthew C. Stephenson
'Here Men Are Becoming Women and Women Men'. Gender, Class and Space in Maputo, Mozambique
Inge Tvedten, Arlindo Uate and Lizete Mangueleze
Social Im/mobilities in Africa. Ehnographic Approaches