Legal Mobilization From Above

Colombia's Constitutional Court and Amicus Curiae Participation in LGBT Rights Litigation

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https://doi.org/10.35295/osls.iisl.2002

Keywords:

Courts, Amicus curiae, Legal opportunities, Legal mobilization, LGBT rights

Abstract

Although courts are not usually perceived as forums for democratic participation, the existence of legal mechanisms such as amicus curiae briefs has allowed civil society organizations to actively participate in judicial debates. This article examines amicus curiae participation in LGBT rights cases decided by the Colombian Constitutional Court between 1992 and 2022. Based on interviews and a review of norms, rulings, and amicus curiae briefs, I argue that the accessibility of the Court's rules and the presence of justices interested in promoting the participation of non-judicial actors in constitutional debates created legal opportunities that encouraged and shaped amicus curiae participation in LGBT rights litigation. This article contributes to a better understanding of the role that courts can play in legal mobilization and in building a more democratic judicial system.

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Author Biography

Juliana Jaramillo, Universidad de los Andes

Candidata doctoral en Estudios sobre Desarrollo y profesora del Centro de Estudios Interdisciplinarios sobre Desarrollo, Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia). Dirección de email: j.jaramilloj@uniandes.edu.co

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Published

03-06-2024

How to Cite

Jaramillo, J. (2024) “Legal Mobilization From Above: Colombia’s Constitutional Court and Amicus Curiae Participation in LGBT Rights Litigation”, Oñati Socio-Legal Series, 14(3), pp. 759–785. doi: 10.35295/osls.iisl.2002.