Abstract

http://ssrn.com/abstract=944552
 
 

Citations (6)



 
 

Footnotes (709)



 


 



The Internationalization of Public Interest Law


Scott L. Cummings


University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law


Duke Law Journal, Vol. 57, 2008
University of California, Los Angeles - School of Law Research Paper No. 06-41
New York Law School Clinical Research Institute Paper No. 06/07-5

Abstract:     
This Article is an account of profound changes in the organization and practice of public interest law that have emerged over the past 25 years against the backdrop of globalization. Its central claim is that as the United States has become more globally interdependent, the institutional context of public interest law has been transformed, elevating transnational mobility as a basic feature of legal practice. The Article specifically examines three vectors of global change that have reshaped the terrain of US public interest law: the increasing magnitude and scope of undocumented immigration; the growth of free trade and its governing institutions; and the heightened political influence of human rights. It suggests that each of these trends has contributed to important institutional revisions within the US public interest system: the rise of immigrant rights as a distinctive category of public interest practice; the emergence of transnational advocacy as a response to the impact of US economic policy abroad; and the movement to promote domestic human rights, both as a way to resist the deregulatory thrust of market integration at home and to defend civil rights and civil liberties in the face of domestic conservatism and the War on Terror. After mapping the institutional scope and density of these changes, the Article appraises their influence on the goals public interest lawyers pursue, the tactics they deploy, and the professional roles they assume in the modern era.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 146

Keywords: U.S. public interest law, human rights, changes to the U.S. public interest system

Accepted Paper Series


Download This Paper

Date posted: November 16, 2006 ; Last revised: February 3, 2011

Suggested Citation

Cummings, Scott L., The Internationalization of Public Interest Law. Duke Law Journal, Vol. 57, 2008; University of California, Los Angeles - School of Law Research Paper No. 06-41; New York Law School Clinical Research Institute Paper No. 06/07-5. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=944552

Contact Information

Scott L. Cummings (Contact Author)
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law ( email )
385 Charles E. Young Dr. East
Room 1242
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1476
United States
Feedback to SSRN


Paper statistics
Abstract Views: 2,300
Downloads: 383
Download Rank: 42,028
Citations:  6
Footnotes:  709

© 2014 Social Science Electronic Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.  FAQ   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy   Copyright   Contact Us
This page was processed by apollo6 in 0.344 seconds