Session 1

March 5, 2013
4:00 - 5:30 pm
Wappp Conference Room (Taubman Building, room T-102)

 

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Ana Paula de Barcellos, Law Professor at Rio de Janeiro State University, Brazil; Takemi Fellow 2012/2013 – Harvard School of Public Health.


Title: Sanitation in Brazil: Can courts play a role in fostering access to sewage treatment systems in poor communities?

About the talk:

Sanitation is a key factor to public health and its expansion is one of the current Millenium Development Goals. However, more than 50% of Brazilian homes still do not have access to sewage treatment systems. At the same time, the judicialization of social rights has spread in Brazil, and also around the world, but when it comes to health, lawsuits usually involve delivering drugs and procedures for specific individuals. The research that will be reported investigates whether Courts can be used in a different way, to improve public health and benefit the poorest by fostering access to sewage treatment systems in Brazil.

Suggested reading:

  • Courting social justice – Judicial Enforcement of Social and Economic Rights in the Developing World, Gauri and Brinks, 2008.
  • Social Rights Jurisprudence. Emerging Trends in International and Comparative Law, Langford, 2008. 

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 Bio:

Ana Paula de Barcellos is a Constitutional Law Professor at the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ) since 2002, and she is also a lawyer in Brazil. Dr. Barcellos research agenda in the last years has focused on public policies for the promotion of fundamental rights, particularly education and health care rights. As a Research Fellow in the Takemi Program in International Health, Dr. Barcellos’s research involves Brazilian Public Health Care System: how to focus on the poorest and improve efficiency.

Latest publications:

Book:

A eficácia jurídica dos princípios constitucionais. O princípio da dignidade da pessoa humana, Book Publisher: Renovar, Rio de Janeiro, 1st ed.: 2001; 2nd ed.: 2008; 3rd ed.: 2011. 
(The legal effect of the constitutional principles. The principle of human dignity, Book Publisher: Renovar, Rio de Janeiro, 1st ed.: 2001; 2nd ed.: 2008; 3rd ed.: 2011.)

Chapters of Books:

• A acessibilidade como instrumento de promoção de direitos fundamentais. In: Carolina Valença Ferraz; George Salomão Leite; Glauber Salomão Leite; Glauco Salomão Leite.. (Org.). Manual dos Direitos da Pessoa com Deficiência. 1ed.São Paulo: Saraiva, 2012, v. 1, p. 175-191. Accessibility as a tool for fundamental rights, in “Manual on the rights of persons with disabilities”, Org. Carolina Valença Ferraz; George Salomão Leite; Glauber Salomão Leite; Glauco Salomão Leite, 2012. 

• Um debate para o neoconstitucionalismo, papéis do direito constitucional no fomento do controle social democrático: Algumas propostas sobre o tema sa informação. In: José Carlos Francisco. (Org.). Neoconstitucionalismo e atividade jurisdicional. 1ed. Belo Horizonte: Editora Del Rey, 2012, v. 1, p. 155-192. Neoconstitutionalism. How Constitutional Law may foster democratic social control. Some ideas about informational issues, in “Neoconstitutionalism and Judicial Review”, Org. José Carlos Francisco, 2012.