Visiting Professor of Law
Social and Economic Rights in Theory and Practice: Critical Inquiries (Helena Alviar García, Karl Klare, & Lucy A. Williams eds., Routledge 2015).
"Since World War II, a growing number of jurisdictions have adopted progressive constitutions or entered international commitments that guarantee social and economic rights (SER) in addition to political and civil rights. Parallel developments have occurred at trans-national level with the adoption of treaties which commit signatory states t to respecting and guaranteeing fulfilment of SER for their peoples. This book is a product of the International Social and Economic Rights Project (iSERP), a global consortium of judges, lawyers, human rights advocates, and legal academics who critically examine the effectiveness of SER law in promoting real change in people's lives. The book addresses a range of practical, political, and legal questions under these headings, with acute sensitivity to the racial, cultural, and gender implications of SER and the path-breaking SER jurisprudence now emerging in the "Global South." The book brings together internationally renowned experts in the field of social and economic rights to discuss a range of rights from both a theoretical and a practical perspective. Contributors of the book consider specific issues in the litigation and adjudication of SER cases from the differing standpoints of activists, lawyers, and adjudicators in order to identify and address the specific challenges facing the SER community. This book will be of great use and interest to students and scholars of human rights law and civil liberties, public international law, and development studies"
Law and the New Developmental State: The Brazilian Experience in Latin American Context (David M. Trubek, Helena Alvair Garcia, Diogo R. Coutinho & Alvaro Santos eds., Cambridge Univ. Press 2013).
This book explores the emergence of a new developmental state in Latin America and its significance for law and development theory. In Brazil since 2000, emerging forms of state activism, including a new industrial policy and a robust social policy, differ from both classic developmental state and neoliberal approaches. They favor a strong state and a strong market, employ public-private partnerships, seek to reduce inequality, and embrace the global economy. Case studies of state activism and law in Brazil show new roles emerging for legal institutions. They describe how the national development bank uses law in innovation promotion, trade law strengthens new developmental policies in export promotion and public health, and social law frames innovative poverty-relief programs that reduce inequality and stimulate demand. Contrasting Brazilian experience with Colombia and Mexico, the book underscores the unique features of Brazil's trajectory and the importance of this experience for understanding the role of law in development today.
Helena Alviar García, Derecho, Desarrollo y Feminismo En América Latina: Propuesta Para Un Analisis Distributivo (2008).
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