Introduction to the legal mobilization special focus

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For many of us who study, or practice legal mobilization, the image of a duck-rabbit can be regarded as a metaphor of the very different world views and vocabularies that legal scholars and legal practitioners as well as social scientists and social activists use in explaining and practising law-based advocacy. Conventional, siloed approaches by academics and practitioners alike are common, though hardly desirable. We feel that rather than ask which vocabulary is more important, it is imperative to focus on the process of how people can understand each other, irrespective of the language and terms they are using. Moreover, we are curious why it is important to make such distinctions in conceptualizing and analysing the context of law-based advocacy and the many forms that legal mobilization adopts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-65
Number of pages65
JournalJournal of Human Rights Practice
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2023

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This work was supported by a fellowship to Jeff Handmaker (2020–21) by the Netherlands
Institute for Advanced Studies of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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