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17:30 - 19:00 26 April 2016

Shifting Legal Visions


Lecture Room 103 | UCL – Institute of the Americas (link Map)
51 Gordon Square | London | WC1H 0PQ | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

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Dr Ezequiel Gonzalez-Ocantos, Associate Professor, Oxford

In this talk Dr Ezequiel Gonzalez-Ocantos will present the argument developed in his book Shifting Legal Visions: Judicial Change and Human Rights Trials in Latin America (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press). The book develops a sociological institutionalist theory of judicial decision making to explain the explosion of human rights trials in Latin America since 2000. The main theoretical postulate is that jurisprudential outcomes reflect the intitutionalisation inside the judicial branch of norms and standards of professional conduct, or what he calls legal preferences. In order to understand judicial activism in cases of state repression we must explore how this legal cultural lens mediated the way judicial actors perceived the possibilities afforded by highly idiosyncratic suits.


Oscar Martinez
+44 (0)20 3108 9721 | ucl-ia@ucl.ac.uk


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