Handbook on Law and Society in Latin America (Book launch and Roundtable)

The increasing judicialization of politics and social struggles in Latin American over the past decades – from demands for transitional justice, and multicultural or pluri-national constitutions, to judicialized environmental conflicts and an ‘epidemic’ of health right litigation – is also reflected in the scholarship in and on the region. But while the body of literature dealing with legal institutions and processes is growing, both within law and the social sciences, it is still a fragmented field.

The “Handbook on Law and Society in Latin America” is the first attempt by central social-legal scholars working in and on the region to give a comprehensive overview and analysis of the state of Latin American law and society scholarship. The publication of the volume in mid-2017, offers a great occasion for scholars interested in the Latin-American region – and in the role of law in development processes more broadly – to gain greater knowledge of this dynamic field.

The panel – which is a joint book launch and round-table – will be organized in two parts. In the first part, the book’s editors (Rachel Sieder, Karina Ansolabehere and Tatiana Alonso) will present snapshots from the different sections of book and discuss the main contributions of the socio-legal literature towards the understanding of Latin American society and politics.

In the second part, the focus is forward-looking. The editors will be joined by a panel consisting of some of the foremost scholars in the field, from Latin America as well as from the US and Europe, to discuss the future of law and society research in the region and the definition of new research agendas. In the light of both advances in the literature social and political developments in the region, what are the remaining challenges for socio-legal scholarship in and on Latin-America? And should the focus be regional, or are these issues better addressed by cross regional comparisons?”

Rachel Sieder (Ciesas, Mexico/CMI)
Karina Ansolabhere (Flacso, Mexico)
Tatiana Alonso

Julieta Lemaitre (Los Andes, Bogota),
Francisca Pou Giménez (ITAM, Mexico)
Helena Alviar Los Andes, Bogota, Colombia
Daniel Brinks (UT Austin, USA/CMI)

Elin Skaar, CMI

Centre on Law and Social Transformation, University of Bergen