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The Virtue of Following: The Role of Inter-American Litigation in Campaigns for Social Justice

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Publication Date: 
June 01, 2008
Format: 
Journal Article
Bibliography: James L. Cavallaro and Stephanie Erin Brewer, The Virtue of Following: The Role of Inter-American Litigation in Campaigns for Social Justice, 8 SUR International Journal on Human Rights 85 (2008).

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This article contends that efforts to expand the justiciability of economic, social, and cultural (ESC) rights before supranational tribunals may not always be the best way to increase respect for these rights on the ground. In the Inter-American System, the authors maintain that human rights lawyers will best advance social justice and ESC rights when they use supranational litigation as a subsidiary tool to support advocacy efforts led by domestic social movements, a role that may often entail litigating ESC claims strategically within the framework of civil and political violations.