Enforcing Human Rights in Latin America
January 9, 2015 | Grantee Publications | Human Rights, MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions

A brief from FUNDAR, recipient of the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, explores three cases in which international courts have made pioneering rulings ordering governments to allocate resources and implement policies that seek to enforce and protect human rights. The cases are from Argentina, Colombia, and Mexico, where the judiciary made ruled to restore and enforce the right to education, to an adequate policy for internally displaced people, and to health services, respectively. The brief emphasizes that judicial reviews are transforming justice processes in Latin America and highlights the role of judges as agents of social change and the importance of organized coalitions in providing legal support to victims.

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