Perspectives on equality and access to justice

April 21, 2011 at 10:51 pm Leave a comment

UJSC, a blog dedicated to the UK Supreme Court published an inspiring account of the meeting of three supreme judges from South Africa, UK and Ethiopia.  I find particularly refreshing the point of Justice Edwin Cameron of the Constitutional Court of South Africa that the challenge of equality often lie in “inbuilt social prejudices.” Justice Cameron claimed that while the law can be used to sustain social equality, there are other powerful social, political and economic forces that make people or groups equal or unequal.

Following on this insight comes the question – does law contribute to equality or it simply explicates it into legally recognized equality. Or as the South African judge suggests the legal mechanisms are rather following the social development. This debate reminds of another famous one – does police really has influence on crime rates or it hopes the society will move in such direction that crime will be risky, unacceptable or unlikely.

Read the complete post Access to Justice: three perspectives on equality and the law here

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Entry filed under: Access to Justice, Ethiopia, South Africa, UK.

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