Public Law Litigation in the U.S. and in Argentina: Lessons from a Comparative Study

56 Pages Posted: 29 Nov 2015 Last revised: 3 May 2016

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Martin Oyhanarte

Universidad Austral (Argentina); Universidad del Salvador

Date Written: 2015


This article provides a comparative study of Public Law Litigation and the use of structural remedies in the United States and in Argentina. The case of Argentina is interesting because it is one of the few countries with strong-form judicial review that has implemented this kind of litigation. The experiences in both countries reveal disparate results. Evidence suggests that sustained impact depends on certain political conditions and technical requirements. The article describes these conditions and requirements, fitting them into a model. The model may prove useful to assess the implementation of complex procedural devices under different legal environments. Further, it suggests possible courses of action to judges, legislators, or legal activists seeking to promote structural reform.

Keywords: Public, Litigation, Structural, Reform, Remedies, Argentina, Constitutional, Social, Rights, Mendoza, Verbitsky, Corte, Suprema, Constitucion, Estructural, Reforma, Litigio, Riachuelo, Ambiental

JEL Classification: K32, K33, K41, N40, N46

Suggested Citation

Oyhanarte, Martin, Public Law Litigation in the U.S. and in Argentina: Lessons from a Comparative Study (2015). Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law (43 Ga. J. Int’l & Comp. L. 451, 2015), Dean Rusk International Center Research Paper No. 2016-08, Available at SSRN:

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