Courts that Matter by Sandra Botero

Former Kellogg PhD Fellow Sandra Botero has published her first book, which was based on the dissertation she wrote with Kellogg support. Courts that Matter was published by Cambridge University Press last fall.

The book asks whether courts can advance socioeconomic rights and uses a rigorous comparative study of the impact of socioeconomic rights rulings in Colombia and Argentina to address the question. The book includes case studies of landmark rulings on environmental, health, housing, and other socioeconomic rights and charts pathways for broader applicability through comparison with rulings by the Indian Supreme Court.

Botero is an associate professor in the School of International Political and Urban Studies at Universidad del Rosario in Bogotá, Colombia. Her broader research agenda studies the relationship between the judiciary and democracy, as well as electoral behavior, with a regional focus on Latin America.