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Editors’ Introduction: Indignation, Socio-Economic Inequality and the Role of Law

Published on Mar 2, 2015
Jane Matthews Glenn3
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(McGill University),
Anneke Smit1
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(U of W: University of Windsor),
Veronique Fortin2
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(UCI: University of California, Irvine)
Abstract
English Abstract: This volume of the Onati Socio-legal Series consists of revised versions of 15 of the 20 papers presented at a workshop hosted by the Onati International Institute for the Sociology of Law (IISL) in May 2013. The workshop took its theme from Stephane Hessel’s cri de coeur, Indignez-vous! and the protest movements it inspired, which we saw as protests against the social inequality that necessarily follows from economic inequality and other power imbalances. This message continues to resonate. In 2015, for example, Oxfam International’s research paper entitled “Wealth: Having it all and wanting more” concludes that by 2016, the world’s richest 1% will have more of the world’s wealth than all of the remaining 99% of people. And a Canadian observer decries the effect of this – which he labels “trickle-down meanness” – on the socio-political fabric of a country.Because of the breadth of the workshop theme and the diversity of its participants – which included a critical mass of doctrinal legal scholars in the mix – participants were asked to choose topics which 1) raised their indignation, 2) reflected economic inequality, 3) led to a violation of socio-economic rights, and 4) involved a possible role for the law (or public policy) either in causing the violation or in providing a solution to it (or both). The papers in this volume show that the participants responded enthusiastically to this request.Spanish Abstract: Este numero de la revista Onati Socio-legal Series recoge las versiones revisadas de 15 de las 20 ponencias que se presentaron en el workshop celebrado en el Instituto Internacional de Sociologia Juridica de Onati (IISJ), en mayo de 2013. El tema del workshop giro alrededor del lema de Stephane Hessel, Indignez-vous! y los movimientos de protesta que inspiro, que percibimos como protestas contra la desigualdad social que resulta inevitablemente de la desigualdad economica y otros desequilibrios de poder. Este mensaje sigue resonando. En 2015, por ejemplo, una investigacion de Oxfam Internacional titulada “Wealth: Having it all and wanting more” (Riqueza: Tenerlo todo y querer mas), concluye que en 2016, el 1% de la poblacion mundial poseera mas riqueza que el 99% restante. Y un observador canadiense condena sus consecuencias -que el denomina “goteo de mezquindad”- en el tejido socio-politico de un pais.Debido a la amplitud del tema del workshop y la diversidad de sus participantes -que incluia una masa critica de expertos en doctrinas legales- se pidio a los participantes que eligieran temas que 1) les indignaran, 2) reflejasen desigualdad economica, 3), diesen lugar a una violacion de los derechos socioeconomicos, y 4) que implicasen un posible papel del derecho (o politicas publicas) tanto por causar el dano u ofrecer una solucion al problema (o ambos). Los articulos de este volumen demuestran que los participantes respondieron con entusiasmo a esta solicitud.
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