[Featured Resource] A Right-Based Approach to Lawyering

This week’s featured resource is titled “A Right-Based Approach to Lawyering: Legal Empowerment as an Alternative to Legal Aid in Post-Disaster Haiti” and was published in the Northwestern Journal of International Human Rights. This article uses cases studies of successful advocacy strategies with the two most vulnerable populations in post-earthquake Haiti, women and the displaced or homeless, to highlight why elements of grassroots organizing and community engagement should be used to obtain justice.

More about A Right-Based Approach to Lawyering: Legal Empowerment as an Alternative to Legal Aid in Post-Disaster Haiti:

As traditional legal assistance to marginalized communities tends to be top-down and exclusionary, much like the traditional distribution of humanitarian aid, human rights lawyers in Haiti seek to apply the rights-based approach to their lawyering—providing “legal empowerment” as an alternative to “legal aid.” This article discusses how the legal empowerment approach to lawyering has used organizing and community engagement alongside legal representation to reinforce the capacity of Haiti’s judicial system while opening up valuable political fora for communities left vulnerable by the earthquake; these communities may then use their own voices to claim their rights.

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