Recognition, Redistribution and Popular Participation: Towards an Integrative Judicial Policy

Call for Papers “Access to Justice in the Americas”

November 15th, 2019

A consortium of networks of academics, public defenders, and activists from the Americas has been working to bring different perspectives on access to justice for people in vulnerable situations. This groundbreaking project aims to map current discussions on legal and institutional responses to a broad spectrum of issues, ranging from chronic social problems to humanitarian crises. We are deeply interested in promoting an intercontinental debate in order to enable a better exchange of knowledge, experiences and strategies acquired by professionals, activists, organizations and researchers. This connection will help to analyze the advantages and limitations of current institutional access to justice projects, report exemplary cases, broaden the network of human rights defenders, and propose original solutions for a more accessible justice system. Submissions will be peer reviewed and, if selected, will be published in the first edition of the e-book Access to Justice in the Americas.


The project seeks papers written by professionals, researchers and activists who address one or more of the following themes:

  1. Models of access to justice - the history, evolution and institutional challenges of the different models of organization and provision of publicly funded legal services to vulnerable people in different countries and regions of the Americas (eg. legal aid, dative lawyers, community legal clinics and the Public Defender's Office);
  2. Cases of strategic litigation and advocacy human rights that illustrate the strengths, weaknesses and challenges of the various models of access to justice;
  3. Legal reform projects, innovative institutional projects and proposals for effective access to justice for vulnerable populations and minorities (black population, indigenous and traditional people, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTI +, among others) and for democratic participation in justice system;
  4. The relationship between human rights cultures and models of access to justice;
  5. Access to justice in the inter-American human rights system;
  6. Legal pluralism and access to justice for vulnerable people;
  7. Institutional policy and the political relationship between institutions promoting access to justice, government and civil society.

Submission Information:

Authors can choose between submission in one or two steps. You can submit an abstract only for the first deadline (December 31) and, if approved, submit the full article for the second deadline (April 30) or submit the abstract and article for the first deadline (December 31), to receive a faster response from the Academic Commission.

  1. Abstracts must be written in at least two languages, English, French, Portuguese or Spanish, in Times New Roman font, 12 font, single spacing, maximum 500 words.
  2. Articles must be written in English, French, Portuguese or Spanish, in Times New Roman font, 12 font, double spaced, and between 6.000 and 8.000 words.
  3. Submissions must include author (s) contact information, author (s) biography (maximum 200 words per author), paper title, two - language abstract, and article. If you already have a full article, you can submit it along with the abstract for a faster response to your submission.
  4. Abstracts and articles should include word count.
  5. Photographs and graphics must be on one or more separate pages after the last page of the article and before the reference page.
  6. Photographs and graphics should include number, description and source of images.
  7. Manuscripts should follow the author's date format of the APA Style Manual for citations and references. Link Instructions
  8. Abstracts and articles will be approved according to the peer review.
  9. Each submission can have up to four co-authors.
  10. Abstracts and articles should be submitted in Word format only via the link.

Copyright Policy

Authors will retain copyright to the submitted material and grant the Academic Committee permission to publish articles under an 4.0 International Attribution-Noncommercial License (CC BY-NC 4.0) Authors are responsible for ensuring copyright use notices if necessary and should submit them prior to publication. The Academic Committee is not responsible for any loss or damage resulting from submission.


Abstract Submission Deadline: 31 December 2019

Reply to abstract submission: 29 February 2020

Deadline for full article submission: 30 April 2020

Book Release: December 2020


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Academic Committee

The Academic Committee is composed of professors and experts from the following institutions:

  • Mexico Center for Economic Research and Teaching
  • Institute for Research and Studies in Human Rights Culture, Mexico
  • Central University of Ecuador
  • University of Buenos Aires
  • Montreal University
  • Ottawa University
  • University of São Paulo
  • University of Chile
  • state University of Rio de Janeiro
  • Federal Fluminense University
  • National University of Colombia


This call for papers and eBooks is supported by the following entities:

  • Access to Law and Justice - ADAJ / Quebec-Canada
  • Ceará State Public Defenders Association - ADPEC
  • Rio de Janeiro State Public Defenders Association - ADPERJ
  • Inter-American Association of Public Defenders - AIDEF
  • National Association of Public Defenders - ANADEP / Brazil
  • Mercosur Official Public Defenders Block - BLODEPM
  • University of Ottawa Human Rights Research and Education Center - HRREC
  • Justice Forum - FJ
  • Social Rights and Movements Research Institute - IPDMS / Brazil
  • Institute for Research and Studies in Human Rights Culture - CULTURADH / Mexico