Envisioning Reform: Conceptual and Practical Obstacles to Improving Judicial Performance in Latin America
Judicial reform became an important part of the agenda for development in Latin America early in the 1980s, when countries in the region started the process of democratization. Connections began to be made between judicial performance and market-based growth, and development specialists turned their attention to “second generation” institutional reforms. Although considerable progress has been made already in strengthening the judiciary and its supporting infrastructure (police, prosecutors, public defense counsel, the private bar, law schools, and the like), much remains to be done.
Linn Hammergren’s book aims to turn the spotlight on the problems in the movement toward judicial reform in Latin America over the past two decades and to suggest ways to keep the movement on track toward achieving its multiple, though often conflicting, goals. After Part I’s overview of the reform movement’s history since the 1980s, Part II examines five approaches that have been taken to judicial reform, tracing their intellectual origins, historical and strategic development, the roles of local and international participants, and their relative success in producing positive change. Part III builds on this evaluation of the five partial approaches by offering a synthetic critique aimed at showing how to turn approaches into strategies, how to ensure they are based on experiential knowledge, and how to unite separate lines of action.
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Alvaro Santos has shared with the author several versions of a still unpublished article on how groups within the World Bank complicate that organization's work with their varying approaches to the role of law and thus to judicial ...
... various Latin American approaches to reform in some sense arise as extrapolations from this traditional model and, to the extent they do, may be incorporating its logical inconsistencies. These comments focus on emerging problems.
... to prevail against them. a schematic overview of the latin american approaches As contrasted with judicial reform movements elsewhere in the world, Latin Americans continue to have their own distinctive approach to the issues.
To avoid repetition, activities that are common to several approaches (for example, adr, training, legal change) are discussed in detail only in the approach in which they appear most central. Following the courtroom tactic of ...
... them and so adopt a more collaborative approach to identifying what they collectively know and using it to improve their common efforts. PART I five approaches to judicial reform ONE criminal justice twenty years of reforms 23.
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