The Venezuelan ‘Exodus’ Before the Colombian Constitutional Court: Hospitality in a Time of ‘Crisis’?

Last month, the Colombian authorities announced that more than a million Venezuelans now reside in Colombia. They are fleeing neighboring Venezuela at increasing rates due to the harsh economic conditions they face there, where their most basic needs (health, food) are no longer met. As immigrants on the other side of the border, they have …

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The Political Economy of Legal Knowledge

The production, exchange, and use of legal knowledge are subject to a political economy. These processes neither happen in a vacuum, nor are they developed in a venturesome manner. They are governed by a series of rules and principles that determine the conditions allowing the creation, commerce and consumption of legal theories, doctrines, and practices. …

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2018-2019 PoL Cycle of Seminars|Legal Challenges from the Peripheries

The Peripheries of Law cycle of seminars has chosen for the 2018-2019 academic year the topic "Legal Challenges from the Peripheries".  Our inaugural seminar will be delivered by Professor Daniel Bonilla, from Universidad de Los Andes, on Monday 22 October 2018 from 14h45 to 16h45. He will discuss his latest work on "The Political Economy …

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Human Rights Language: Freedom of Religion and the Sharia Speaker

The liberal Western language of Human Rights has dominated the discourse to the exclusion of any and all other épistémologies. The question now is: is there an alternative understanding of human dignity enshrined in a different language? Freedom of religion has been seen by Western thinkers to be void within the system of the Sharia. …

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The Judicialization of Politics: Lessons from Brazil

Judicial activism may sound like old news. Legal scholarship has already spent a considerable amount of ink analyzing the politicization of courts and its impacts on the doctrine of separation of power. In this respect, it seems clear to most that adjudication is far from apolitical and that courts would hardly be the bouche de …

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