A socio-legal lens on the Victorian Charter: Revealing its role as a promoter of social change

Solomon, R 2013, 'A socio-legal lens on the Victorian Charter: Revealing its role as a promoter of social change', Alternative Law Journal, vol. 38, no. 3, pp. 152-155.


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Collection: Journal Articles

Title A socio-legal lens on the Victorian Charter: Revealing its role as a promoter of social change
Author(s) Solomon, R
Year 2013
Journal name Alternative Law Journal
Volume number 38
Issue number 3
Start page 152
End page 155
Total pages 4
Publisher Legal Service Bulletin Co-Operative Ltd.
Abstract The influence of a bill of rights is usually measured by the extent to which it provides legal remedies. This article argues that the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities' influence over Victorian public policy making can be more comprehensively assessed by applying a socio-legal lens. A socio-legal analysis, focusing upon the Charter's application at the level of policy implementation, ascribes an equally influential role to the dialogical design of the Charter and its role as a facilitator of community advocacy. The article will discuss how these design and functional elements of the Charter help us to understand the Charter's potential to promote social change, as illustrated by a number of cases of community advocacy.
Subject Human Rights and Justice Issues
Social Change
Human Rights Law
Keyword(s) Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities
Policy making
Copyright notice © 2013 Russell Solomon
ISSN 1037-969X
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