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Lawyers against the Law

The Challenge of Turkish Lawyering Associations

Joakim Parslow

Despite increasing subordination of the judiciary to executive authorities, Turkish cause lawyering associations are more assertive than ever in their defiance of forced closures and legal persecution. Why would activist lawyers ‘play the game’ of law when the legal system is being undermined? Focusing on the historical genesis of Turkey’s oldest activist lawyering association, the Çağdaş Hukukçular Derneği (ÇHD), I argue that Turkish legal activism results from not just clashing political causes but also the strategies attorneys are forced to adopt to effect change within an authoritarian-corporatist structure designed to constrict their activities. The ÇHD and similar groups are not merely extensions of the formal juridical order; they also constitute a grassroots engagement with the law that refuses to conform to the categories, narratives, procedures and ends of the state’s legal institutions.

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The Responsibility to Prevent Future Harm

Anti-Mining Struggles, the State, and Constitutional Lawsuits in Ecuador

Laura Affolter

political and legal mobilisation across space. Efforts were made to establish transnational networks that linked actors with varying access to resources, power, and political leverage in order to exert pressure on multinational corporations and to sue them

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From Hope to §3-1

Legal Selves and Imaginaries in the Wake of Substance Treatment Reform in Norway

Aleksandra Bartoszko

taken for granted. Nor is my argument here evaluative. Rather, my focus is on how these two knowledge regimes – the legal and medical – relate to each other with an emphasis on how individuals navigate between them. Siv’s legal mobilisation occurred

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“Because we are the only ones in the community!”

Protest and daily life in poor South African neighborhoods

Jérôme Tournadre

recherche . In Centre Universitaire de Recherche sur ľAction Publique et le Politique (CURAPP). Ľidentité politique , 227 – 236 Paris : Presses Universitaires de France . Dugard , Jackie . 2010 . Civic action and legal mobilisation: The Phiri water