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Challenges to equal access to justice and welfare rights in the Global South

JUST SOCIETY is organising its second webinar series in which we dive into political, administrative and legal challenges to equal access to justice and welfare rights across our four partner countries in the Global South: Brazil, Georgia, India and South Africa.

The key purpose of the webinars is to establish a cross-continental dialogue and highlight comparative perspectives on equal access to justice and welfare rights in societies today. The webinars will feature three presentations by researchers from JUST SOCIETY’s partner countries. In subsequent panel discussions, we discuss similarities and dissimilarities across countries and regions and consider how existing challenges to equal access to justice and welfare rights can be alleviated.

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Time for all webinars: Odense 01:00 PM, Johannesburg 01:00 PM, Bangalore 04:30 PM, Brasilia 08:00 AM, Tbilisi 03:00 PM


Administrative barriers to equal access to justice and welfare rights 

Tuesday 28 September, 2021, 13.00-14.15 (CET)

This webinar explores specific ways in which the structure of public administration and civil servants’ strategies can serve as barriers to equal access to justice and welfare rights. The three presentations will discuss civil servants’ political neutrality in Georgia, health professionals’ policy implementation strategies in Brazil as well as institutional fragmentation in youth employment programmes in South Africa. In a panel discussion, the webinar will compare perspectives from the three countries and consider how to alleviate the identified administrative barriers to equal access to justice and welfare rights.

Political Neutrality in the Georgian Civil Service?

By Archil Abashidze, Associate Professor of Politics and Public Administration, Ilia State University, Georgia
Archil Abashidze presents the current challenges to political neutrality in the public sector in Georgia. Drawing on his research about public sector reform in Georgia, Archil demonstrates how and why civil servants are more accountable to the ruling party rather than the public. Specifically, and as a perfect warm-up to the upcoming local elections in Georgia in October, Archil focusses on the case of illegal involvement of civil servants in the electoral campaigns and discussed the implications of such misuse of public administrative resources for equal and effective implementation of welfare rights.

Discretion and Public Policy Implementation in the Health System of Campos Dos Goytacazes, Rio de Janeiro State 

By Roberto Dutra, Associate Professor of Sociology and Public Administration at Universidade Estadual do Norte Fluminense Darcy Ribeiro, Brazil
Roberto Dutra presents findings from an ethnographic study of policy implementation among front-line workers in the Alcohol and Drugs Psychosocial Care Center (CAPS ad) in Campos dos Goytacazes, Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil. He discusses the strategies and discretionary practices of health professionals and their implications for inclusive and effective implementation of social policy. The presentation is based on work co-authored with Renan Carneiro.

Young people’s experiences of accessing services in their transition from school to work in South Africa 

By Lauren Graham, Senior Researcher and Director of the Centre for Social Development in Africa at University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Drawing on a series of studies conducted over the past decade, Lauren Graham presents on young people’s experiences of navigating their transitions from school to work in South Africa. She emphasizes how young people experience that their access to public services is constrained by the siloed nature of service provision and suggest an approach to how we can address such barriers.

The webinar is chaired by Louise Munkholm, Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Southern Denmark, and part of JUST SOCIETY.


Politics of equal access to justice and welfare rights 

Tuesday 26 October , 2021, 13.00-14.15 (CET)

Legal challenges to ensuring equal access to justice and welfare rights 

Tuesday 30 November  2021, 13.00-14.15 (CET)


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Last Updated 16.09.2021