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Accountability of the Justice System as one of the dimensions of access to justice: a study on the ways of constructing the public legitimacy of contemporary legal institutions

Grant number: 18/15767-9
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Master's degree
Effective date (Start): January 04, 2019
Effective date (End): March 30, 2019
Field of knowledge:Applied Social Sciences - Law - Public Law
Principal Investigator:Fabiana Cristina Severi
Grantee:Maurício Buosi Lemes
Supervisor: Joao Paulo Dias
Host Institution: Faculdade de Direito de Ribeirão Preto (FDRP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Ribeirão Preto , SP, Brazil
Research place: Universidade de Coimbra (UC), Portugal  
Associated to the scholarship:17/14883-2 - Institutional democratization policies in the Brazilian justice system: an analysis of the public Defender's office of São Paulo State in Ribeirão Preto city in the realization of the pre regional conferences of social participation, BP.MS


The present research internship project seeks to provide theoretical and bibliographic elements for our Master's research, which is part of a field of studies that seek to analyze the forms of interaction between civil society, law and legal institutions, from the perspective of recent socio-legal processes of democratization of the right to access to justice and the Justice System. The central objective is to carry out a study about the construction of contemporary legal institutions' public legitimacy, considering the accountability of the Justice System as one of the dimensions of the right of access to justice. As specific objectives, we seek to: a) analyze the dimensions of the right to access to justice contained in General Recommendation 33 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), and on other relevant international normative documents; b) identify institutional designs and public policies geared to promote access to justice that enable and facilitate the accountability of the Justice System. In methodological terms, we propose the realization of an interpretative research, of documental and bibliographic character. Regarding the results, we hope that the research internship may provide support for the definition of contemporary theoretical aspects of the right of access to justice, focusing on the accountability of the justice system to civil society as a structuring axis of this right and the legitimacy of power in the rule of law.

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