Five meanings of #1M for El Salvador

Ursula Indacochea* Versión en español aquí. On May 1, 2021, the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador resolved -as the first act in its first session- to remove all the magistrates and alternate magistrates of the Constitutional Chamber and the Attorney General of the Republic from their positions, and to directly appoint their replacements, placing in these positions a group of […]

El Salvador and the false discourse on judicial independence

Ursula Indacochea Prevost* Versión en español aquí. Last Wednesday, March 16, a public hearing was held before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to address the situation of judicial independence in El Salvador. In it, the petitioning organizations presented to this international body a reading of various decisions, facts and arbitrary reforms that occurred […]

A New Law and New Justices, but the Same Old Political Control over Venezuela’s Supreme Court

Carlos Lusverti* Leer en español aquí. On January 19, 2022, the Venezuelan National Assembly, whose members were  elected in the disputed elections of December 2020, adopted a new law that will affect  the Supreme Court (Tribunal Supremo de Justicia, TSJ). On its face, the law does not comply which international human rights standards on judicial independence.  The Venezuelan Supreme […]

The role of justice in the face of authoritarianism*

Prof. Aníbal Pérez-Liñán** The political attack on justice is a central moment in the processes of democratic erosion. When we look at the cases of autocratization in Latin America and the European Union we find that the capture of justice (especially the capture of constitutional courts) is the decisive, and often irreversible, moment in the […]

Make frivolous litigation great again? Where things stand with the Trump campaign’s election lawsuits and the potential role of the Supreme Court

Katharine Valencia* Versión en español aquí. On Saturday, November 7 – four days after Election Day – most major media outlets reported that Joe Biden was the projected winner of the presidential race against incumbent Donald Trump. It is standard practice in the US for elections to be called based on unofficial vote tallies reported […]

¿Litigio frívolo en los Estados Unidos? Litigios electorales planteados por el equipo de Trump y el posible rol de la Corte Suprema

Katharine Valencia* English version here. El sábado 7 de noviembre —cuatro días después de la jornada electoral—la mayoría de los medios de comunicación informaron que se proyectaba que Joe Biden había ganado las elecciones presidenciales frente al actual presidente Donald Trump. En Estados Unidos es habitual que el resultado de las elecciones se anuncie en […]