Seminar “Human rights against human rights: legal mobilization and countermobilization over women’s and LGBTI rights in Brazil”

The Seminar “Human rights against human rights: legal mobilization and countermobilization over women’s and LGBTI rights in Brazil” with Cecília MacDowell Santos (CES/USF), will be carried onnJanuary 11, 2018, 10h30, at the Center for Social Studies, University of Coimbra.

This seminar seeks to examine the specific limitations for a progressive human rights politics and legality in Brazil since the impeachment and parliamentary coup that ousted President Dilma Rousseff in August of 2016. In the past 30 years, feminist, women’s and LGBTI movements, along with other social movement actors, have engaged in legal mobilization at both national and transnational scales, achieving some important victories for the advancement of human rights in Brazil. Drawing on research about violence against women laws and policies as well as (trans)national legal mobilization practices for human rights, I argue that legal mobilization as a strategy to foster the recognition of women’s and LGBTI rights has always been limited, and does not challenge the neoliberal and neocolonial project of development adopted by Brazilian governments in power since the democratization period initiated with the end of the military dictatorship in the mid-1980s. However, even from a liberal perspective on human rights, the selective legal recognition of women’s and LGBTI rights (and human rights in general) has faced a dramatic backlash in the past four years.

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