Can law be emancipatory?

Boaventura de Sousa Santos

After defining the historical and political background of the title question, this text analyzes the current situation and then addresses the conditions that warrant a cautiously affirmative answer to this question. The conclusion specifies some of the areas in which the relation between law and social emancipation appears to be more urgently necessary and possible.

Published 30 June 2003
Original in Portuguese

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