Lunch seminar with Julia Liebermann

Efficient judiciaries have long been portrayed as the key lever for fostering social and economic transformation and securing the rule of law. Beyond the background of the assumed insufficient capacity of some states to reform the judicial sector, various international actors have become active in supporting judicial strengthening and reforms at national level. They often face difficulties during implementation periods and provoke resistance within branches and towards them. In the course of the activities international adjudication and international development cooperation rely mainly on the executive branch to negotiate and implement reforms and sentences and, hence, challenge power balances at national level.

My project seeks to contribute to understanding problems that emerge during the implementation of judicial reforms and international human rights sentences, drawing on extensive fieldwork and qualitative interviews with international actors and national counterparts. It studies the involvement of the World Bank and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACtHR) in Argentina and Peru and argues that coordination problems at national level and with the international actors are often overlooked. In doing so, it dismantles the political will at the national level as many political wills.

The project seeks to study how efficient institutions are portrayed as a guarantor for law adherence and explores the role of the judiciary in social transformation. It claims that the focus on the judiciary in the activities bear the risk of bypassing national democratic structures and impedes contestation. Consequently, it argues that national-international encounters provide additional platforms for national power struggles to manifest, while the current structure of international governance is not accommodating those tensions but might instead allow burden shifting.

All interested are welcome to attend. Registration is not necessary.

Feel free to bring your own lunch bag.