in the fields of comparative politics and public law. His research focuses on the role of the law and courts in supporting or extending the rights associated with democracy, with a primary regional interest in Latin America. Recently, he has addressed the courts’ response to police violence in South America, the use of courts and law to enforce social and economic rights in the developing world, judicial independence, and the role of informal norms in the legal order. He has also written on the classification of regimes in Latin America, and on the global diffusion of democracy. Brinks’s work has appeared i
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