Research Handbook on Law and Courts
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Research Handbook on Law and Courts

Edited by Susan M. Sterett and Lee D. Walker

The Research Handbook on Law and Courts provides a systematic analysis of new work on courts as governing institutions. Authors consider how courts have taken on regulating fundamental categories of inclusion and exclusion, including citizenship rights. Courts’ centrality to governance is addressed in sections on judicial processes, sub-national courts, and political accountability, all analyzed in multiple legal/political systems. Other chapters turn to analyzing the worldwide push for diversity in staffing courts. Finally, the digitization of records changes both court processes and studying courts. Authors included in the Handbook discuss theoretical, empirical and methodological approaches to studying courts as governing institutions. They also identify promising areas of future research.
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Chapter 9: Challenging authorities’ (in)action via amparos

Lydia Brashear Tiede and Susan Achury


Amparos are a unique legal remedy.  They allow complainants to seek redress when they have been wronged by government actions or by the refusal of the government to do its legal duty. Although amparos may provide litigants with a quick judicial remedy without having to pursue a lengthy court case, they also may generate heavy caseloads, which may stymie a quick response from the courts and subvert the original purposes of this remedy.  In this chapter, the first part will define in lay terms the action of amparo, their main features, and the history of this legal remedy. In the second section of the chapter, the variations in amparo worldwide are described.  The final section will discuss the impact of amparo actions on limiting government power and shaping policy.

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