Reports & Themes

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The Anglo-Caribbean Project

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Judicial Affairs & LGBT Rights

In many Latin American countries, the courts have become key players in shaping policy on a wide variety of social, political, and economic matters. Using entries from the LGBT Rights in the Americas Timeline, we can consider the role of national and international courts in the progression (and regression) of LGBT rights. In doing so, we can come to understand how LGBT rights in Latin America and across the world can be advanced Looking at the data, we find three general levels of Latin American court involvement in LGBT rights: active change, deferral, and active opposition. Additionally, the involvement of international courts, such as the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, has been minimal but nonetheless important in establishing protections where legislatures and national courts have fallen short.