Collaborative Lawyering in Transnational Human Rights Advocacy

Benjamin Hoffman & Marissa Vahlsing, Collaborative Lawyering in Transnational Human Rights Advocacy. NYU.

The authors, through their experiences working at the community level, seek to present a practical and detailed guide for implementing an effective model that can be used by other lawyers across the globe. It argues that the purpose of community lawyering is to “enable a group of people to gain control of the force which affect their lives.” Legal advocacy thus supports the effort of such communities challenging existing inequalities. The authors also identify ways through which collaborative legal action can be implemented in a shared vision of justice. The importance of working with community leaders to facilitate interaction with the community as well as social movements and activists is also stressed.

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