Legal reform and social justice: An introduction to latcrit theory, praxis and community

Francisco Valdes

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This article provides a general overview of LatCrit theory as a genre of contemporary critical legal scholarship. LatCrit theory self-consciously does not limit itself to law or to scholars: students, activists and other interested parties from various disciplines, backgrounds and regions, help to constitute LatCrit theory as a collective enterprise in every respect. The ties that bind this fluid group together are a shared commitment to antisubordination purpose and praxis. The article begins with a brief account of the jurisprudential context for the emergence of LatCrit theory in 1995, then briefly describes the origins and evolution of this enterprise, before outlining both the substantive themes and programmatic methods that have become LatCrit hallmarks in recent years, including the community-building and institution- building aspects of the project. The article concludes with a summary of LatCrit projects and plans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)148-173
Number of pages26
JournalGriffith Law Review
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2005
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Law


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