Courts, Respect for Human Rights and the Guarantee of Effectiveness in Times of Crisis
Constitutional Courts have made considerable progress in the enforcement of rights, assuming a prominent role during the Covid-19 pandemic. Due to the worsening of pre-existing vulnerabilities and the socioeconomic indicators, especially in the countries of the Global South, human rights organizations and individuals have used domestic and international litigation to ensure the guarantee of rights, demanding a swift response from the Courts. This mobilization around rights at courts should not and cannot be merely symbolic: the decisions taken at courts must be respected and their actions implemented quickly, catalyzing changes to affected populations. The panel proposes a discussion on the challenge in implementing judicial decisions, especially in the field of human rights. It is intended to gather lawyers, judges, and legal researchers‘ best practices to assess the implementation and impact of judicial decisions and strategies to increase judicial effectiveness in those cases.