2020 PoL Webinar Series | A Candle in the Dark: Illuminating Crises in the Peripheries

‘Unprecedented crisis’ has become a popular term used by media outlets and academic discourse to describe the present state of affairs in the world. Certainly, the last decade has been marked by epochal shifts in the global order, of which the 2008 economic crash and the current pandemic are the poster children. These and other …

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Third World Resistance in International Human Rights Law: Working Children’s Movements, the ILO, and the Global Child Labour Regime

In November 2017, the international community came together in Argentina to adopt the ‘Buenos Aires Declaration’, in which it agreed to eradicate all forms of child labour by 2025. Together with the ILO Conventions, such declarations constitute the backbone of the global regime on child labour. However, while inside of the conference venue the Declaration …

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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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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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